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June 28, 1976 - Women Admitted To Air Force Academy

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« on: June 28, 2008, 12:46:41 am »

U. S. Air Force Academy graduates fling
their caps into the air.

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Mike Carabajal)

                                           June 28, 1976 - First Women at U.S. Air Force Academy


On May 28, 1980, the first  97 women are among those receiving commissions as second lieutenants in graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  The women entered the academy on June 28, 1976. 

Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

The academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers

In 1948 a board of leading civilian and military educators was appointed to plan the curriculum for an academy that would meet the needs of the newly established Air Force. The board determined that Air Force requirements could not be met by expanding the other service academies and recommended an Air Force academy be established without delay.

In 1949, then Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington appointed a commission to assist in selecting a site and on April 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized creation of the United States Air Force Academy. After considering 580 sites in 45 states, the commission narrowed the choice to three locations. The summer of 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott selected a site near Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado contributed $1 million toward purchase of the property.

In July 1955, the first academy class entered interim facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, while construction began. It was sufficiently completed for occupancy by the cadet wing in late August 1958. Initial construction cost was $142 million.

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