20:19 and 2019 STRONG!

It’s No Small Coincidence…

By Terri Smith and Rocio Watkins

15151103_10211091407941743_1182613468_nWhen your Division 1 qualifying time is the same as your graduating year, you’ve had a great day! That’s exactly what happened to C3C Cadet Jaci Smith, Class of 2019. She and the AFA Women’s Cross Country team qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Championship Meet for the first time in USAFA history! And Smith’s time was 20:19! But the amazing coincidence doesn’t stop here. Her team was ranked 29th going into this regional meet, and Smith is a Black Panther in CS29! The stars are aligning perfectly for Cadet Smith and her XC team, which includes another Class of 2019 Cadet, C3C Shanna Burns.

Smith’s primary goal for any race was to achieve a new personal best time and push her teammates to run their best. Her stretch goal at the beginning of the XC season was to break 22 minutes…. she broke 21 minutes at the Pre-nationals meet. She expected her time would be a little slower than 21 minutes at the Regional meet since they were running at altitude, so she was thrilled with her time of 20:19.

Although that time wasn’t a goal, the “2019 Strong” analogy was one of the first things she acknowledged after the race. To finish with this time in such a big race is very cool and something she will always remember. Continue reading

Exemplar Challenge Coin Keychain Order Info

 

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In order to continue to make this milestone memorable to cadets, parents, family members and other interested people, the Spirit Mission Committee would like to introduce an Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain.  Ordering begins Tuesday, Nov. 1st.

CLICK THE ‘ORDER HERE’ PICTURE BELOW!!

In return for your donation of $16, you will receive ONE Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain.  The size of the Replica Coin is 1.75” in diameter and it is the same high quality as the Cadet Challenge Coins, with a 3D image on each side of the metal coin.  The coin is secured by a nice chain and keyring.  The keychain will arrive in 2-3 weeks after your order is placed, and the donation amount includes direct shipping to you.  We accept donations by Paypal or by checks payable to “USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission.”  If you choose to pay by check, click HERE for a printable order form to mail with your check. You may order more than one but our supplies may be limited, so order soon!

This keychain will be a great keepsake to honor Neil Armstrong, the Class of 2019 Exemplar, our cadets, and their achievements at the Academy.  Your donation to the USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission goes toward supporting the needs of the Cadet Class of 2019.

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We thank you for your continued support!

 

 

The USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Consistent with IRS requirements, we are advising our donors that the amount of the contribution deductible for federal tax purposes is limited to the excess over the value of goods received by the donor. For this event our good-faith estimate is that the donor is receiving goods valued at $9 in exchange for their donation of $16 for each keychain.

Exemplar Dinner TONIGHT!

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The Class of 2019 Exemplar Dinner is being held tonight October 21, 2016.  Speakers include Mr. Mike Goode ’69 (Legacy Class),  Mr. Rick Armstrong (Life of Neil Armstrong) and Mr. Lars Hoffman, the director of Govt. Sales for SpaceX (Future of space).  The Legacy Class members are invited to attend the formal event as well.

You are invited to join US as we celebrate another USAFA Milestone!

A web page dedicated to the event will be updated throughout the night with photos from the dinner as well as the reveal of the beautiful challenge coin that was made possible by your donations to the 2019 Spirit Mission.  Click HERE for updates from the dinner.  The updated page will begin at 9:00 EST, 8:00 Central, 7:00 MT, and 6:00 Pacific.

 2019 STRONG!

2016-2017 Officers Elected

Approximately 40 individuals attended the very first 2019 Spirit Mission Annual Meeting last night.  As reported, so much was accomplished this last year for our cadets and more great things are in store in the coming years! Our success would not have been possible without the talented parents that have donated their time to organize this mission and the supporters behind us.  We want to thank you for your encouragement and for advocating so strongly for our cadets!

If you were not able to attend, its ok, we have it recorded!  Click HERE for the recording of the meeting.

MEET YOUR 2016-2017 OFFICERS

Elected for the 2016-2017 term are:

President- Lori Johns

Vice President- Renee Langstaff

VP for AOG Affairs- David Geernick

Treasurer- Suzie Ramirez

Secretary- Kim Stephens / Diane Poythress

Click HERE for a list of additional Committee Chairman and Team members.

2019 STRONG!

Annual Meeting TONIGHT!

dont-forgetPlease join us TONIGHT for the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting.  We will elect officers and have an update on past and future projects that support our cadets!

You may either call in by phone or link up via your computer.

Subject: Annual Business Meeting

Date and Time:
October 19, 2016
8:30 PM US/Eastern, 7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, and 5:30 Pacific

This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.

Notes:
All parents of the USAFA Class of 2019 are invited to attend the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors. A report of last years events and what is to come will also be presented.

  1. Dial Into the Conference (United States): (712) 770-4700
    Access Code: 551670
    International Dial-In Numbers:
    https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/2019strong#international

  2. Join the Online Meeting:
    Online Meeting Link:
    https://join.freeconferencecall.com/2019strong
    Online Meeting ID: 2019strong

  3. Click HERE for the agenda, election and budget information, and meeting minutes.

Instructions:
At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line.  When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the online meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

Annual Meeting Reminder

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Please join us for the 2019 Spirit Mission annual business meeting.  We will elect officers and have an update on past and future projects that support our cadets!

You may either call in by phone or link up via your computer.

Date and Time:
October 19, 2016
8:30 PM US/Eastern, 7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, and 5:30 Pacific

This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.

  1. Dial Into the Conference (United States): (712) 770-4700
    Access Code: 551670
    International Dial-In Numbers:
    https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/2019strong#international

  2. Join the Online Meeting:
    Online Meeting Link:
    https://join.freeconferencecall.com/2019strong
    Online Meeting ID: 2019strong

Annual Meeting Resources

AGENDA

FINANCIALS

MEETING MINUTES

ELECTION INFORMATION

MILESTONES

Exemplar Challenge Coin Keychain Announcement

Announcing Our Keepsake Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain!

We are so proud of our third-degree cadets for the resilience and hard work they have demonstrated as they continue their schoolwork and their physical and military training. It seems like Recognition was just a few weeks ago, and yet here we are preparing to support their upcoming Exemplar Dinner.

The Cadet Exemplar Program is an avenue for each Academy class to honor and identify with a past military giant. It is designed to link our nation’s rich heritage with our boundless future. As such, the heroes who are chosen epitomize the personal characteristics that each class of cadets seeks to emulate. The Class of 2019 chose astronaut and pilot Neil Armstrong. He is recognized for his achievements in the Apollo space program, military test flight programs, and being the first man to walk on the moon. He also is remembered as being valiant, humble, and possessing tremendous integrity. What a perfect exemplar to represent our sons and daughters, and to form an unbreakable unity between past leaders and today’s future leaders!

The selected class exemplar not only becomes the cadets’ honorary class leader, but also the very namesake and identity of that particular class. Thus, when they chant their class year, you will hear them shout out STRONG for Armstrong. Throughout the cadets’ careers, the Exemplar becomes the focal point of inspiration for the cadets as they prepare for their roles as Air Force officers and future leaders.

So, how do we support the Cadet Exemplar Program? To help honor Neil Armstrong and make this evening memorable for our cadets, they will be presented with a beautiful Exemplar Challenge Coin, designed by members of the Spirit Mission Committee and made possible by your generous contributions. You will see images of the coin posted on our website and our Facebook pages after the Exemplar Dinner.

In order to continue to make this milestone memorable to cadets, parents, family members and other interested people, the Spirit Mission Committee would like to introduce an Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain. Ordering will begin through our website on Tuesday, November 1st. In return for your donation of $16, you will receive ONE Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain. The size of the Replica Coin is 1.75 inches in diameter, and it is the same high quality as the Cadet Challenge Coins, with a 3D image on each side of the metal coin. The coin is secured by a nice chain and keyring. The keychains will arrive in 2-3 weeks after your order is placed, and the donation amount includes direct shipping to you. We accept donations on our website by PayPal or by checks payable to “USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission” and sent to USAFA 2019 Spirit Mission c/o Suzie Ramirez, 7408 Windstream Cir. Apt 201 Hanover, MD 21076. If you choose to pay by check, click HERE for a printable order form to mail with your check. You may order more than one, but our supplies may be limited, so order soon!

This keychain will be a wonderful keepsake to honor Neil Armstrong, the Class of 2019 Exemplar, our cadets, and their achievements at the Academy. Your donation to the USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission goes toward supporting the needs of the Cadet Class of 2019. We thank you for your continued support!

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Airing His Dirty Laundry

By Melony Daley

Parents’ Weekend! After waiting a whole year to return to the Academy, the time is finally here. The long-anticipated weekend IS HERE! An over-abundance of emotion is experienced by all; cadet, parents, grandparents and siblings. The logistics of arranging a trip to Colorado is not an easy task for most of us, but it is one we gladly endure. We sit through long lines of cars to enter base, weave our way through crowds of people and navigate the craziness of on base parking, but it is worth it. All the anxiety of whether our 18 or 19 year-old has survived without us and is thriving in an environment surrounded by strangers is held in check by the simple fact that we will FINALLY see our child and envelop him in a hug. We focus all of our attention on every word, movement, groan, or smile. We listen to the undercurrent of emotion. Our child is okay without us, right?

After witnessing the discipline of the Parade and meeting the Cadre, Professors and Chain of Command, we feel confident that everything is just fine. At least, until we learn that our child is hesitant to open his room to us. It cannot be that bad; maybe he left his room a mess, but SAMIs are not the norm anymore so that is to be expected. After much cajoling and needling, we are on our way to see the new room. The door is opened and…the SMELL! What is that smell? Oh my, it is awful. The smell has me convinced we should leave immediately. Thankfully, we were reassured that the smell wasn’t a dead and drowned rat…it was simply very rank dirty clothes.
If this sounds familiar to you, I empathize with you. Very simply put, once they become C3C they lose the ability to drop dirty clothes into the collection bins where they are carted off for them. They are now required to take their clothes to the laundromat and wash and dry their own clothes. At that point I heard a ton of excuses, and while I am not a mother that will hover and take over in every situation, this is one where I could not let it go. I had this image of my son walking around with dirty, under-washed clothes, or worse, being ridiculed for his lack of cleanliness. Not acceptable.
This parent discovered at the Parents’ Weekend Information Fair that C3C and above have the opportunity to drop off clothes to the Vandy or Sijan laundromats. Amazing discovery! For the fee of $8 per 10 lbs cadets can drop off clothes and they will wash, fluff, dry and fold those dirty clothes. More information is at http://www.usafasupport.com/laundromat.html. You may also call 719-333-2615 or email connie.graff@us.af.mil for more information. You can purchase gift certificates for your cadet with check, Visa and Mastercard.

Miraculous! Clean clothes equal happy and fresh smelling cadet and happy mom.

 

We Remember 9/11

Today, we join our nation’s Armed Forces and we remember the fallen on September 11, 2001. We share the words of Gen. David L. Goldfein’s, written to the Air For9/11 United States Air Force Academy Memorial by Richard O'Donnellce and to all airmen. We find great meaning in these words as parents of Air Force cadets and we are committed to continue to support the needs of the Class of 2019, as they train and prepare to join the fight.

“Airmen, Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The attacks tested our Nation’s resolve while galvanizing our collective spirit of service. Since 9/11, our Air Force has continually engaged around the globe applying Airpower along with the Joint Team and our allies in the fight against violent extremism. As we continue to fight, may we never forget the 2,996 lives lost on 9/11, the countless first responders who gave their full measure, and the Airmen and their families who endured the ultimate sacrifice in our fight following 9/11. Today, supported by a grateful Nation, countless Airmen and their families continue to serve. Dawn and I are humbled and honored to serve with you. Thank you for your service. Fight’s on!”

USAFA Class Budgets

I have heard a few cries over the last week on this months ole cadet paycheck.  Ouch!  Even from my own.  “Hey, mom, can you send me that paycheck spreadsheet?” With school starting, books to pay for and the ever awaited wifi for $29.95 a month, a little pre budgeting may go a long way.

Technology has spoiled us.  No longer the paper ledgers, pencils, and calculators like I first used nearly thirty years ago newly married.  We now have Excel to pump out and crunch those numbers so we can stay within our limits or predict a shortfall.  Or better yet, one of those fancy apps that ties into your bank account and kicks out a pie graph telling you (and your husband) how much you just spent on that new outfit.  Thanks Mint.com.

And thanks to USAFA, the cadets have a tool they can use too that will enable them to budget with the wisest.  A proposed budget spreadsheet that estimates their income and expenses by month over the next year.

As you know, our 2019 cadets received an advance in pay to purchase the uniforms needed.  The tiered payback structure takes out different amounts every month until the debt is paid off.  If your cadet received any scholarship money toward books, their paycheck is a bit larger than some of their counterparts.  Also upping the game and another financial tool to use is USAA’s banking program that allows you to code your expenses.  This can be printed and taken to the accountant at the end of the year.

Hopefully this helps our cadets plan out their finances over the next year with confidence. You can click the Approved Budgets for AY16-17 for all class proposed budgets.