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Air Force Academy Alumni

From officers to astronauts to industry leaders, all the Academy alumni who appear in this video have gone on to make names for themselves in their respective fields.

Lt-Gen-Susan-Helms
Lt Gen Susan Helms
One of many Air Force Academy graduates to join NASA, Lt Gen Susan Helms earned her degree in aeronautical engineering in 1980. She flew on five shuttle missions and took part in the longest space walk ever recorded.

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Chris P. Howard
Before he became a Rhodes Scholar and the first African American president of Hampden-Sydney College, Chris Howard was a starting running back at the Air Force Academy, where he graduated with a degree in political science.

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Gen Janet Wolfenbarger
A 1980 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Gen Janet Wolfenbarger was part of the first graduation class to include women, and in 2012, she became the highest-ranking and first female four-star general in the Air Force.

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Alonzo C. Babers
After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1983 with a degree in aerospace engineering, Alonzo Babers went on to win two gold medals in the 400-meter and 4×400-meter relays at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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Chesley Sullenberger
Best known for his heroic water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was the “top flyer” in his 1973 graduating class and in 2009 was named to TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons.”

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