The Class of ‘82 has elected to support the Madera Cyber Innovation Center at USAFA as our 40th Reunion gift project. Once completed cadets will have the opportunity to work with military operators and real-world practitioners, creating a teaming environment that will help better prepare our next generation of leaders by developing the cyber and leadership skills needed for their Air Force careers.
The Class set a Class Giving project goal of $1,000,082 to support this top Academy priority. Fundraising efforts have been in the works since 2017, and the Center’s unique partnership will bring together Air Force CyberWorx, the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Innovation and the Academy’s Department of Computer and Cyber Sciences under one roof. In acknowledgement of our $1M gift to the Center for Cyber Innovation, the Academy will name the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab in honor of our Class of 1982.
Gifts made to support this effort will equip state-of-the-art labs, enhance cyber-related curriculum for cadets and create the infrastructure to foster 21st century education, research and design.
A key tenet of the Madera Cyber Innovation Center is to foster public/private partnerships, allowing the Air Force to identify problems and leverage ideas in ways that are not only revolutionary, but also cost effective and feasible.
Redtags of 1982, it is time to stand up for USAFA and ensure we leave a legacy that helps to shape tomorrow’s USAF leaders to meet the challenges of the future. We have all felt the impact of cyber (in some cases the lack of cyber security) in our daily lives and we understand the importance of preparing our military to counter the cyber threats rushing toward us.
For additional information, please contact the ’82 Class Gift Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
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