Exemplar Dinner

The Cadet Exemplar Program is an avenue for each Academy class to honor and identify with a past military giant, alive or dead. 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 goal of the Cadet Exemplar Program is to build officers with a strong foundation in our nation’s and our military’s heritage in order to advance into the future as a united aerospace force. Past class exemplars have included Gen. Carl Spaatz, Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell and Capt. Lance P. Sijan.

The selected class exemplar not only becomes the cadets’ honorary class leader, but also the very namesake and identity of that particular class. Throughout the cadets’ career, the Exemplar becomes the focal point of inspiration for the cadets as they prepare for their roles as Air Force officers and future leaders.

The Class of 2019 has chosen




Biography of Neil Armstrong

The Class of 2019 Exemplar Dinner is 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.

More Information about the Exemplar program

More from the Academy about the Cadet Exemplar HERE.

Check out the Class of 2019 Web page for more information about the dinner.

Since the Class of 2000, each class has chosen someone who “exemplifies” the type of person the class wishes to emulate.  Click HERE for a listing of other class Exemplars.

The Exemplar Challenge Coin

The Exemplar Challenge Coin was created by the Exemplar Milestone Committee.  Input was received from the cadet’s class council on elements that were important to them and why they chose Neil Armstrong as their class Exemplar.  Below the translucent black on the face shield, you see Armstrong saluting the flag. As you look at the actual coin, you will see a reflection of yourself in the face mask.  The cadets requested this element as a symbol that they can see themselves as accomplishing great things.

Each cadet in the class of 2019 and their Legacy class guests will receive a coin on the night of the dinner.  The coin was made possible with donations from you, their parents and supporters, to the 2019 Spirit Mission.  We are proud to be able to celebrate their milestone moments.


The Exemplar Challenge Coin Keychain

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, 6311 Cordelia Rd Williamsburg VA, 23188. Click HERE for a downloadable order from you can fill out and mail in.  You may order more than one, but our supplies may be limited, so order soon!




Click HERE to order your keychain.

Exemplar Banner

Along with the Exemplar Coin, the Spirit Mission also purchased the banner that will hang on the rail with the class banner.

A contest was held for the design of the banner this summer for the event.




We want to thank our vendors who supplied the Exemplar items and worked with our team.

Banners- Lexi Print A very generous discount.

Coins- Collinson Enterprises– Countless hours working with our team to create this beautiful coin.


Class of 2019 Exemplar Dinner

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Click HERE for more photos from the Exemplar Dinner

Click HERE for photos from the Class of 2019 web page.

Click HERE for photos from WEB GUY.



Did you know?  Neil Armstrong could fly just about anything. . .

After graduating from college, he became a test pilot. He could fly over 200 different types of aircraft from the dangerous rocket plane the X-15—which could reach a top speed of 4,000 miles per hour—to gliders, which he called sailplanes.

Did you know?  Before he was a hero astronaut, he was a “gofer”. . .

Armstrong worked as a “gofer” for pilots at the local airport. One day Armstrong helped a pilot push his sleek Luscombe plane to the gas pumps, cleaned its windows and polished its gleaming surfaces, which earned him a ride and a flying lesson. (http://www.biography.com/news/neil-armstrong-facts)

Did you know? While other teens were getting behind the wheel, young Neil Armstrong was getting into a cockpit.

He fell in love with flying at an early age, and earned his pilot’s license on his 16th birthday even before he received his driver’s license.

Did you know? 

As a young man Neil Armstrong had many odd jobs, even one involving a walk among the dead.

When he was 10 years old, Armstrong was paid $1 to mow the cemetery in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the small town where he was born August 5th, 1930. It was one of many odd jobs the enterprising young Armstrong had around town, and eventually he earned enough money to pay for $9-per-hour flying lessons. (The town now has a museum named after Armstrong.)

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