2018 Annual report

More than a Margin

From the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy 

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria ’85

On behalf of the entire United States Air Force Academy community, thank you for the support you have provided to our Air Force’s next generation of leaders. Your assistance has had a direct, daily impact on the Academy’s development of our cadets into officers who will shape the future of the modern profession of arms, and we are grateful for your generosity.

The dedicated support of the USAFA Endowment has made our Academy a much better place to educate, train and inspire our cadets. Our National Character and Leadership Symposium convenes in the world-class Polaris Hall and has been able to invite high-quality speakers that enrich the conversations on our campus about issues of national importance.

The Holaday Athletic Center (HAC), the largest privately funded capital project in Academy history, has allowed our athletes to train and practice regardless of the weather. A facility that rivals those at top athletic programs around the nation, the HAC allows our Academy to maintain a competitive edge in a safe training environment.

Your support allowed us to reopen the USAFA Planetarium this winter, a re-imagined facility that will enhance our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach to audiences of all ages. This modernized platform will deliver both academic and entertainment content to our cadets and to the local community, and it provides an opportunity for years of enrichment and inspiration. After a 15-year hiatus, we are thrilled about the potential it presents and the excitement it has generated throughout our campus and community.

In my time here as superintendent, I have seen firsthand that your impact is much more than a margin of excellence, and the results of your efforts are evident in the success of our cadets. The Stamps Leadership Scholars program is a prime example of this impact, through the uncommon leadership, research and academic opportunities it provides. This year, two of our cadets were among the top students in the nation to be selected as Rhodes Scholars, and they will pursue graduate degrees at Oxford University next fall. That both of these cadets were Stamps Leadership Scholars is no mere coincidence. They will soon be ambassadors representing our Academy and our Air Force among the world’s best in their fields of study, and you helped make it happen.

These are but a few examples of how the incredible impact of your support across our Academy has helped us to prepare our cadets to meet the challenges of the future and to exceed the demands of the modern battlefield. We are a better institution, and our graduates are better officers, because of each and every donor and the support you have given. Thank you!

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