For Immediate Release
April 1, 2010
AFA Highlights Founding of U.S. Air Force Academy
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today released the following statement highlighting the anniversary of the creation of the United States Air Force Academy:
On this day, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law creating the United States Air Force Academy. As Supreme Allied Commander, General Eisenhower recognized the importance of airpower to Allied success in World War II.
Today, the Air Force Academy has 4,400 cadets training to be Air Force officers. With more than 500 courses in 32 academic disciplines, the Academy has a proud tradition of academic and military excellence.
The first class of 306 cadets began studies in 1955. The Academy’s heritage was further strengthened in 1976 when the first class that included women began their studies, following a decision by President Gerald R. Ford.
Congratulations to the Air Force Academy and Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould, Superintendent, on this great milestone in the Academy’s 55-year history.
The AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has over 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 120,000 members. Visit AFA www.AFA.org.
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