Academy gearing up for 60th anniversary rites

Published: January 8, 2014, 12:41 pm, by Tom Roeder

PrintApril 1 will mark 60 years since President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation creating the Air Force Academy.

To mark the milestone, the academy has created a 60th anniversary logo and has planned to look back at the past on Facebook and on the school’s website.

Winning the academy is a top moment in Colorado Spring history. The city faced off against other finalists in Alton, Ill., and Lake Geneva, Wisc., vying for the school. The final decision locating the academy in Colorado Springs came two months after Eisenhower signed the bill authorizing its construction.

April 1 has been celebrated as the academy’s birthday since 1954. Annual events include a Founder’s Day Dinner and an event to name a distinguished graduate.

This Founder’s day features an emphasis on the academy’s newest slogan.

Driven by superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy is trying to brand itself as “The Air Force’s Academy.”

Here’s the new pitch: “The Air Force’s Academy; Producing lieutenants for our Air Force and Leaders for our Nation.”