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Class of 1981


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Class of 1981 - Key Data

  • Appointed:1502 on Monday, June 27, 1977
  • Graduated:876 on Wednesday, May 27, 1981
  • Commissions:
  • USAF-864
  • US Navy-2
  • US Marine Corps-5
  • Foreign-3
  • Not commissioned-2
  • Graduation Speaker:
  • The Honorable Caspar W. Weinberger, Secretary of Defense
  • Presented Commissions:
  • The Honorable Caspar W. Weinberger, Secretary of Defense
  • Presented Diplomas:
  • The Honorable Caspar W. Weinberger, Secretary of Defense
  • Cadet Wing Commanders:
  • Theodore C. Knowles (Fall) Michelle D. Johnson (Spring)
  • Scholarships:
  • Rhodes: Johnson, Michele D., Mclendon, John W.; JFK: Gregory, Douglas W., Harwood, Thomas P. III; Guggenheim: Abraham, Robert J., Coale, Gregory S., Cosgrove, Richard D., McClure, William B., Murphy,Michael E., Smith, Joseph L.; Wolfe: Fusco, Samuel A.; Hertz: Landweer, Philip R.; Olmsted: Dering, Robert S., Scott, David P.; NSF: Alvarez, Robert J., Hoffman, Gabriel D.
  • All-Americans (sports):
  • Dennis Grunstad (Boxing, 2 time); Mike Cox (Boxing); Larry Steuck (Boxing, 2 time); Johnny Olavarria (Boxing); Robert Stergerwald (Boxing); Clay Vertuees (Boxing); Byron T. Roberts (Indoor Track); Al Pegorara (Outdoor Track); Bret Hyde(Outdoor Track, 2 time); Michael Behling (Pistol, 2 time); Steve Jones (Pistol); Patrick Saunders (Pistol, 2 time); Janet Peterson (Swimming, 8 time)
  • Class Officers:
  • President: Anthony E. Lorusso; Scribe: Rich Trentman
Heraldry:

Class Motto: Second to None

THE "EAGLE AND FLEDGLINGS" STATUERepresents the courage, strength, and wisdomwhich typifies the U.S. military tradition and ourhopes for a gracious future as we become partof the tradition.

"MAN'S FLIGHT THROUGH LIFE"These words, from the inscription on the "Eagle andFledglings" statue, illustrate the importance ofeducation to us and one facet of the Mission of theUnited States Air Force Academy.

THE MOUNTAINSThe mountains in the background stand for the strong and everlasting foundation which wereceive at the Academy.

THE CADET CHAPELRepresents our faith in God.

THE AMERICAN FLAGSymbolizes our devotion and service to our country and represents our respect for those whoserved before us.

THE AIRCRAFTThe F-15 Eagle symbolizes our newness to the service, and the many roles which we will playin the Air Force.