Class of 1966

Class of 1966

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Class of 1966 - Key Data

  • Appointed:777 on Monday, June 25, 1962
  • Graduated:470 on Wednesday, June 8, 1966
  • Commissions:
  • USAF-463
  • US Army-1
  • Posthumous-1
  • Foreign-3
  • Not commissioned-2
  • Graduation Speaker:
  • Harold Brown, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Presented Commissions:
  • Harold Brown, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Presented Diplomas:
  • Harold Brown, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Cadet Wing Commanders:
  • John H. Caspar (Fall); Jerrold P. Allen (Spring)
  • Scholarships:
  • Guggenheim: Borowski, Richard A., Koliner, Charles M.(also NSF); Fulbright: Bradley, Paul F., Grabe, Ronald J., Ollila, John L.; Olmsted: Elliot, Dale S., Hamm, William James, Hudspeth, William E., Swanson, John G., Van Valin, Gary A.; East-West: Reston, Russell T.; NSF: Barnard, Milton C., III, Jayne, Edward R., II, Redman, Charles E., Rottiers, Robert B., Urner, Ronald M.
  • All-Americans (sports):
  • James Murphy (Cross Country); Terry Higgins (Gymnastics); James Murphy (Outdoor Track); Mason Botts (Pistol); William Hudspeth (Pistol); Michael Kennedy (Pistol); Daniel Mclean (Swimming, 2 time)
  • Class Officers:
  • President- James M. Murphy; Scribe: Ryan Denny

Class Motto: "Ad Astra Per Aspera", meaning "To The Stars Through Difficulty"

Contributions of Graduates:

Cadet Robert Dunshee Saves a drowning man while on leave in Iowa.  Cadet Dunshee is presented the Air Medal for heroism by General Curtis Lemay (1964).

Neil Crist receives Jabara Award for Airmanship (1971).

Ron Grabe, Astronaut, (1981).

Charles Veach, Astronaut (1984).

John Casper, Astronaut (1985).

Paul Stein named Superintendent, USAFA (1994).

Hans Mueh named USAFA Athletic Director (2004).

Richard McConn named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2011).

Louis Turpen inducted into Living Legends of Aviation (2013).

Richard McConn elected Chairman of the Board of the National Defense Industrial Association (2018).

Randy Jayne named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2018).