Class of the Month: 1969

Every month we will recognize a featured class online, highlighting the accomplishments and catching up with where they are now.

  • This month we are celebrating the Class of 1969!

  • The Class of 1969 celebrated their 45th Reunion this year! Share your class and reunion photos using hashtag #usafa1969 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

  • What They've Done: 23 General Officers,
    53 CEO/VPs, 34 Medical or Legal, 48 Airline Professionals, and an astronaut.

  • Giving Back: 417 AOG Members,
    37 Sabre Society Members
    over $4.7M Lifetime Giving

Class of 1969

1969 Award Statistics:
  • Rhodes Scholars - 1
  • Air Force Cross - 1
  • Dist. Service Medal - 10
  • Silver Star - 14
  • Dist. Flying Cross - 238

Oct. 1, 1991 - Brig. Gen. Paul Carlton Jr., Class of '69, becomes the first Academy grad and Air Force Medical Corps officer to be promoted to brigadier general. He's the first Academy grad to serve as U.S. Air Force surgeon general in 1999.

  • IMPACT TODAY: In 2000, when few could have predicted America's impending wars, the Air Force surgeon general anticipated the need for a mobile hospital that could be erected at a moment's notice on battlefields anywhere in the world.

    The result of now-retired Lt. Gen. Paul Kendall Carlton Jr.’s foresight was the expeditionary medical support systems — EMEDS for short — which for more than a dozen years have served injured service members downrange and victims of natural disasters at home and abroad.

    Now, EMEDS is being used in the fight against the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. READ MORE

President Nixon's Address at the Air Force Academy Commencement

Cadets visit Norton AFB in 1969

Class of 1969 Links

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