Philanthropist A. Bart Holaday and retired Gen. Bill Looney earned the honor for 2013, the academy said in a February news release.
A 1965 academy graduate, Holiday served as an Air Force officer and officer and government executive before launching a career in venture capital.
Holaday then found ways to give his money away.
“As a philanthropist, he founded the Dakota Foundation, a foundation dedicated to funding entrepreneurial, non-profit organizations that help people help themselves in achieving greater economic self-sufficiency,” the academy said.
Holaday led efforts to form the academy’s endowment fund and donated money for what was later named the Holaday Athletic Center on the campus. He also formed a scholarship that sends academy graduates to study at Oxford University.
Looney, a 1972 graduate, served as a fighter pilot and climbed the Air Force’s ranks, retiring as the four-star commander of Air Education and Training Command.
After the Air Force, Looney took over as president of the defense contracting firm, i3. “A published author and sought-after motivational speaker on the power of leadership, he has enabled the next generation of leaders to be better and do better than they ever thought possible,” the academy said.