COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — An organization that raises money for needed improvements and activities at the Air Force Academy is getting a new name.
What was formerly known as the academy's endowment will now be called the Air Force Academy Foundation.The group raised over $30 million dollars last year, a new record for annual fundraising.
This comes as big changes are coming to the Air Force Academy, as the role of the Air Force is changing with the addition of the U.S. Space Force. The Space Force will become a stand-alone, sixth branch of the U.S. military, but Air Force Academy cadets will says the cadets will continue to contribute to the space mission.
“Today marks a historic day for our nation and our Air Force as the President signed the bill establishing the Space Force,” said the Academy’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria. “Just as we celebrate September 18th as our Air Force's birthday, members of the Space Force will celebrate December 20th as their day. This is an exciting time for our nation and for our Academy.”
Silveria said the U.S. Space Force will fall under the Secretary of the Air Force, but the details are still being worked out.
“How our Academy fits into the development of this young service has yet to be determined, but we have and will continue to posture our Academy as the premier institution for the development of space professionals and space-minded joint warriors,” he said.
But cadets have been space minded for years, with the goal that they will graduate with a healthy understanding of tactics, strategy and space operations. In 2018, with cadets working closely with engineers, they launched the 400-pound FalconSat satellite, which is still orbiting today.