Here is a message sent from Air Force coach Troy Calhoun to Falcons fans, after Air Force beat Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl last week:
Air Force Academy Graduates and Supporters,
Thanks again for the tremendous vitality and backing throughout the fall of 2010 and the bowl game in Shreveport.
Our cadets were part of a memorable season where all three service academies won at least 7 games and earned bowl bids. And these Air Force Academy cadets were more than fired up to play Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl. It helped our guys to go home for 5 days between the conclusion of finals and arriving at the bowl site; however, the biggest lift was provided by the more than 10,000 bowl tickets that were purchased through the Academy. The Falcons were supposed to be the visiting team that had to travel much farther from Colorado Springs than our opponent from the south. Yet, between eating lunch at Barksdale AFB coupled with the many spirited people in the stadium wearing blue, our guys were more than ready.
The best part of the Academy is that character and leadership development is always briskly moving forward. The seniors have 4 1/2 months of more Air Force Academy training and education before heading to pilot training or their active duty assignments. The younger cadets continue to push toward 4 degree recognition, the demands of academics, Operations Air Force, and leading Basic Training this summer when the class of 2015 arrives. (That gets your attention). Your support of the young men and women at the Academy certainly helps with the quality of their leadership experiences.
2011 will be a challenging, but exciting year for our cadets and their various programs. Thanks again for continuing to help make the Academy such a special place.
Go Air Force!
Coach Troy Calhoun