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    Capt. Lance P. Sijan, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1965, is the only Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor.  Captain Sijan was cited for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in Southeast Asia at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty.      The nation's highest decoration was presented posthumously

    First Lieutenant Karl W. Richter, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1964, was posthumously awarded the 1969 Jabara Award for his heroic actions in the air over Southeast Asia. He was assigned to Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, in the spring of 1966 and on Sept. 21, at the age of 23, he became the youngest pilot ever to shoot down a MIG
  • USAFA Quick Facts

    Air Force Academy Mission To educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. About The Cadet Wing/Officer Development The Cadet Wing consists of approximately 4,000 cadets. Cadets are organized into 40 squadrons, each containing approximately
  • 10th Medical Group

    MISSIONThe 10th Medical Group at the U.S. Air Force Academy provides healthcare services to 65,000 beneficiaries, including support to the 4,000-member cadet wing. Primary goals are to ensure wartime readiness and optimize the health and wellness of our current and future air and space leaders. The 10th Medical Group also serves as a referral
  • Patient Rights and Responsibilities

    If at any time you believe your rights are being compromised, please bring it to the attention of your care provider or ask to talk to a patient advocate.Prior to receiving care at the 10th Medical Group, your provider may request that you arrange for a reasonable adult to transport you home from the facility and remain with you for up to 24 hours
  • Air Force Academy History

    The United States Air Force Academy was established April 1, 1954, the culmination of an idea that had been years in the making. Airpower leaders, long before the Air Force was a separate service, had argued that they needed a school, dedicated to war in the air, at which to train the country's future Airmen. After September 1947, when the Air
  • Cadet Chapel

    Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faith house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate chapel for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist religious faiths, plus two all-faiths worship rooms. There are two main levels, with the Protestant nave on the upper
  • The Thomas D. White National Defense Award

    BACKGROUNDEstablished March 1, 1962, by the United States Air Force Academy, this award is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.The award may be based on outstanding contributions to national security in any fields of endeavor including science, technology, leadership,
  • Academy Falcons and Falconry

    THE FALCONSports audiences across the country have been intrigued and delighted by the aerobatics of the falcon, flying mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Trained and handled by cadet falconers, the birds soar and dive, sometimes zooming low over the heads of spectators.While their public performances are limited to outdoor venues, most often at
  • Athletics

    Few schools in the country have an athletic program as extensive as the Air Force Academy's.The goals of the athletic program are to enhance the physical conditioning of all cadets, to develop the physical skills necessary for officership, to teach leadership in a competitive environment and to build character. There are three subdivisions of the