March Back 2022

The class of 2026 was accompanied by the class of 1976 for the March Back today. Many other USAFA grads made the March Back as well. Over 200 grads did the March Back, with the oldest grad coming from the class of 1961. 


According to the USAFA website, Basic Cadets from the Class of 2026 marched back from Jacks Valley to the main Academy campus today after completing field training.

During field training, Cadets honed the mental, teamwork and physical conditioning skills critical to becoming fourth class cadets in the Cadet Wing. Among other rigorous demands, they tackled the challenges of the leadership reaction course and ran the confidence and assault courses. They also conducted combat arms training.




After the March Back, Basics had the opportunity to chat with the grads. Afterward, a lunch was held in Mitchell Hall. Before the lunch, 3 grads were honored by the Association of Graduates (AOG) as Distinguished Graduates. 

According to the AOG Facebook, these grads were Col. (Ret.) Leonard "Lucky" Ekman '63, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Gene Lupia '67 and Dr. William Wecker '63 were presented their medals by USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark '86 and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Gould '76. Several graduates joined the Basic Cadets for lunch as well.

To view all photos from today's March Back, go to CLASSES > 2026 > BCT-2 > All. Set your sort order from OLDEST to NEWEST. Photos begin on page 1721. 

Now that BCT-2 is complete, starting next week, the rest of BCT photos switch back to BCT-1. 

March Back 2022 Photos