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  • Ed Mechenbier '64
    Ed Mechenbier '64
    Ed Mechenbier, USAFA Class of 1964, regularly expresses the mantra "Unity through selfless motivation."
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  • Curt Emery '70
    Curt Emery '70
    When Curt Emery graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1970 with a degree in Asian studies, he presumed the subject matter would be of great value to the Air Force following his flying assignments.
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  • Bill Clifford '76
    Bill Clifford '76
    Always driven to serve, Bill Clifford graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976 and served as an F-15 Eagle pilot in Germany.
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  • David Schutt '71
    David Schutt '71
    While David Schutt '71 has had a very successful career as a doctor, it was not possible without overcoming challenges, staying positive and focusing on the new door that opened after one closed.
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  • Chris Taravella '73
    Chris Taravella '73
    In 2006 Chris Taravella '73 returned to Colorado, which allowed him to serve the Air Force Academy in numerous ways.
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  • Julian Gluck '12
    Julian Gluck '12
    For Capt. Julian Gluck, a B-52 pilot and flight commander at Barksdale Air Force Base, service means more than just his Air Force career; it means continually finding opportunities to make a positive impact.
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  • Supporting USAFA now and later
    Supporting USAFA now and later
    As long time Sabre Society donors Dana '70 and Linda Ewan Arbaugh have also qualified as members of the Polaris Society...
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  • Don's Foundations
    Don's Foundations
    When Don Avery graduated from the Academy in 1978 and became an instructor pilot, he thought he would "fly forever."
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  • Looking to the Heavens — Polaris Society
    Looking to the Heavens — Polaris Society
    When Manuel Bettencourt '68 served on the AOG Board in the 1990s, he helped form the Polaris Society to recognize persons...
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  • Glenn's Twin Loves
    Glenn's Twin Loves
    When Glenn Coleman '64 was a high school student in the then rural town of McKinney, Texas (now a growing part of...
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  • Meet a new Polaris Society member...
    Meet a new Polaris Society member...
    Gary '69 and Penny Hoe recently confirmed that the Air Force Academy is a beneficiary in their estate plans.
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  • Many new experiences
    Many new experiences
    When Hank Hoffman arrived at the Air Force Academy in 1959 he was assigned a brand new room, used for the first time in...
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  • The Law According to Bill
    The Law According to Bill
    Not long after graduating from the Academy in 1968, Bill Maywhort began his journey into the legal profession, receiving...
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  • One of the First...
    One of the First...
    When Ed Montgomery arrived at Lowry Air Force Base in the summer of 1955, the Arizona native helped to usher in the first...
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  • Giving Back — Sharing his Shares
    Giving Back — Sharing his Shares
    For Fred Olmsted, a retired pilot and lifelong car enthusiast, the phrase "Planes, trains and automobiles" neatly describes some...
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  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder...
    Absence makes the heart grow fonder...
    Jerry Roberts is quick to acknowledge that the Air Force Academy was a shaping force in his life, from the moment he...
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  • Help us serve future cadets. . .Remember the Academy in your will or trust.
    Help us serve future cadets. . .Remember the Academy in your will or trust.
    Says Lyn on her decision to make a future gift to support the Academy: "I'm pleased and proud to arrange for this bequest...
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  • Help us serve future cadets... Remember the Academy in your will or trust.
    Help us serve future cadets... Remember the Academy in your will or trust.
    A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways to leave a lasting legacy at the Air Force Academy. In addition to helping...
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  • Serving our military personnel and helping the Academy
    Serving our military personnel and helping the Academy
    "The Air Force Academy experience forges outstanding leaders for our Air Force, who make significant contributions...
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  • Ivan Perry '05
    Ivan Perry '05
    "The Air Force Academy was one of the best things to happen to me," says Ivan. "It prepared me well for the rigors of serving in the heavy-combat zones, and now in my civilian career I am constantly drawing on the leadership and academic attributes I learned during my four Academy years."
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  • Still Climbing
    Still Climbing
    For Dave and Sue Ross, both 1983 Academy graduates, climbing has been a hallmark of their military, professional...
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  • Pitching the Pitch
    Pitching the Pitch
    Harry Laws was a member of the very first USAFA rugby team in 1968, and, after graduation in 1969, he inserted the...
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  • She Worked the Plan
    She Worked the Plan
    When Robin Wright arrived at USAFA in 1980, she knew motivation and planning would lead to success.
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