Falcon Foundation History

This story of The Falcon Foundation is oriented toward the Foundation support goals for the Air Force Academy, the programs created to accomplish those goals and the senior leadership who led the efforts from 1957 to 2002. The accomplishments were not the work of only the leadership but also the hundreds of individuals who served as Active Members, Honorary Members, members of the Board of Directors (later Trustees) and Senior Members of the Board. The significant accomplishments of the various committees under the strong leadership of their chairmen are not included because of the large amount of detail they would require. Most of these actions were ratified by the Board and are described in this manner. The whole program was successful only because of the support of senior officers on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.

During the early days of the Falcon Foundation, the program was successfully led and strongly supported by individuals who had served in the Air Service of the Signal Corps and later in the Army Air Corps, the Army Air Forces and finally the U.S. Air Force. Many of these individuals served our country in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and many other military actions undertaken by our country during these years. In the later years of this span, the new leadership and strong support started to come from graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy who had served in the U.S. Air Force. The experience levels of each of these individuals are many and varied but dedication to service to our country and strong support for the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Academy are uppermost in the minds of all of those who have become involved.

This story tracks the minutes of the Active Members meetings, the minutes of the Executive Committee and, more importantly, the minutes of the semi-annual meetings of the Board of Directors (later Trustees). During the early years, the three member Executive Committee ran the day to day activities of the Foundation and their actions and decisions were ratified at each following Board meeting. Fortunately, the minutes are detailed and the actions duly recorded. This information was augmented with the information from interviews and discussions with individuals who lived the experience.

The large numbers of repetitive activities that took place in running this very successful program through the years are not recorded in this story. The volume of data is just too extensive. The significant changes, the growth of the program through the years and the decision making process of the senior leaders is what this story is about.

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