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The United States Air Force Academy

Located immediately north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Air Force Academy Chapel
Air Force Academy Chapel

Historical Highlights

1947 The National Security Act provided for the establishment of a separate Air Force.

April 1, 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill authorizing establishment of the Academy.

July 1955 The first class met in temporary facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver.

Academy cadets at Lowry Field march to Mitchell Hall, the dining hall, in 1957

June 27, 1958 The Academy's fourth (freshman) class entered, marking the first time in Academy history that four complete classes were enrolled.
August 1958
The Cadet Wing moved into its permanent home.

The Air Force Academy neared completion during the summer of 1958

Air Force Cadet Wing on parade; the Academic-Library building is behind them at left, cadet quarters at right
Air Force Academy cadets

June 3, 1959 The first class of 207 graduated.

Lt. Brock Strom, a member of the Air Force Academy's first graduating class, receives his diploma from Air Force Chief of Staff General Thomas D. White

June 28, 1976 The first class with women entered the Academy.

May 1980 The first women graduated from the Academy.

The official website of the Air Force Academy is

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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