100's Night Dining In
This afternoon, Grads from the class of 1968 and Cadets from the class of 2018 took part in a ceremony named "Flying Fickle Finger of Fate". What is the "Flying Fickle Finger of Fate", you ask? It's when something happens for good or bad that you have absolutely no control over. You're just at the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Cadets chosen to be part of this gifting ceremony were given the personal sabres of 14 Legacy Class members from the class of 1968, each of the names of the following Cadets were also inscribed on the sabres as well.
Congratulations to C1C Victoria Rodriguez, C1C Brian Kelly, C1C Ryan Silva, C1C Noelle Heiser, C1C Alexander Hill, C1C Madison Charland, C1C John Fredericks, C1C Tristan Briggs, C1C Ryan Lee, C1C Jason Pluger, C1C Christian Agmata, C1C Christopher Hartman, C1C Alia Lemm and C1C Molly Phillips. These 14 Cadets were the recipients of these sabres.
Photo Credit: Association of Graduates Communications Department - Jeff Holmquist.
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This evening, the class of 2018 celebrated 100s Night.
In years past this would be the evening most of the Firsties would find out where their assignments would take them. For the class of 2018 however, they found out their jobs back in the Fall semester and their location assignments earlier in the Spring semester.
This Legacy event gives them more of an opportunity now to celebrate with each other and their Legacy class, the last 100 days they have until they become 2nd Lieutenants. This evening also marks the last Legacy event for this class at USAFA. Most of the class of 2018 will become part of the Long Blue Line into the United States Air Force, some will be crossing over into other US Military Branches and those who have been here as an International student will be heading home to serve in their own countries Military.
Before the Cadets arrived for the dinner, the Legacy Class had the opportunity to mingle with Cadets, Staff and the Guest Speaker Colonel Mark R. "Buzz" August for the evening up on the Staff Tower. This year we were graced with 14 Legacy Class members from the class of 1968.
Finally, it was time for the Firsties to arrive.
Once the Cadets finished filing into Mitch's, it was time for the Head Table to make their way up to the front and for the celebration to begin.
This year's Master of Ceremonies were C1C Charles Bruce and the Opening Remarks were given by Mr. Janssen, Legacy Class member of 1968.
After dinner the Guest Speaker, Colonel Mark R. "Buzz" August addressed the room. Colonel August is the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration for Air Mobility Command. He assists the Director for Policy and Procedures for rapid global mobility air operations and transportation functions assigned to the command. Prior to joining AMC, Colonel August was the Chief of Staff to the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, J-4. During his previous assignment, Colonel August was the Commander, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan. He served in Southwest Asia as the Commander, 386th Expeditionary Operations Group; Commander, 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Commander, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia; and Instructor Pilot at the United States Air Force Weapons School. He also served in support of Joint Endeavor/Joint Guardian and Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Colonel August is a 1993 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.
In the video clip below you will be able to see the evening's events as well as his speech! Be sure to take a look!
C1C Rodriguez and C1C Garcia-Park present Col August with an A-Jacket after his speech, officially inducting him into the class of 2018.
Finally the Firsties were dismissed and it was time to really start their celebrations! Even though the event of the evening was 100s Night, the class of 2018 as of tonight only has 96 days left before Graduation. We heard talks about trips up to the mountains for some snowboarding and skiing, to traveling up to Denver and even out of Colorado for the upcoming 3 day weekend. No matter what they do, we hope they all have a fun and safe weekend.
Congratulations, Class of 2018 - We can't wait to watch you become 2nd Lieutenants in a few short months!
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