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Class of 1980


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Class of 1980 - Key Data

  • Appointed:1593 on Monday, June 28, 1976
  • Graduated:899 on Wednesday, May 28, 1980
  • Commissions:
  • USAF-888
  • US Army- 2
  • US Navy- 3
  • US Marine Corps-1
  • Foreign- 3
  • Not commissioned- 2
  • Graduation Speaker:
  • Honorable Hans Mark, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Presented Commissions:
  • Honorable Hans Mark, Secretary of the Air Force; Lt Gen Kenn
  • Presented Diplomas:
  • Honorable Hans Mark, Secretary of the Air Force, Lt Gen Kenneth L. Tallman, Superintendent
  • Cadet Wing Commanders:
  • James M. Dunn (Fall); James R. Knowles (Spring)
  • Scholarships:
  • Rhodes Scholar: Chris Miller; Olmsted Scholar: Henri J. Bigo; Guggenheim Fellowship: William A. Ehremstrom
  • All-Americans (sports):
  • Class Officers:
  • President: Matt Neuenswander; Vice President: Derek Hess; Treasurer for Gift Fund: Debbie (Dubbe) Gray; Scribe: Don Myers
Heraldry:

Class Motto: Strive to Excel

The class of 1980 Ring Committee held a competition to design the class crest for the ring. The class voted on the entries. The winner was our classmate, Tim Gulliver; however, Linda (Garcia) Cubero came-up with the modified motto that was used. Most of what you see are the mandatory elements: class year, falcon, chapel, Polaris star, saber, etc. The crest includes the space shuttle and part of the class motto. The space shuttle is applicable because it was on the horizon for the decade we had just entered. The entire class motto is Strive not to Equal, but to Excel. Although the class joke was to shorten the somewhat long motto to Strive Not; you will note the crest , from Linda's input, has the words, Strive to Excel.

THE SPACE SHUTTLE - Represents a transition from one environment to another. As the Shuttle makes thetransition from Earth to space, we are making a transition from cadet to officer life.

THE CADET CHAPEL - Represents the high moral standards and strong sense of ethical leadership that we willtake with us when we leave the Academy.

THE MOUNTAINS - Represent the goal that the class sought to achieve by the end of the fourth class year.