Welcome to USAFA’s Way of Life Alumni Group

Inprocessing Day for the Class of 2025









The Air Force Academy will honor Class of 1964 Distinguished Graduate Col. (ret) Frederick Gregory by renaming the building formerly known as the Consolidated Education and Training Facility (CETF) as “Gregory Hall” after the distinguished Airman and NASA astronaut.

Upcoming Events

Prolific Figures


Captain William “T” Thompson ’73 is a true trailblazer and we are thankful for him taking the time to give us a sneak peek of his book, The Flight to Excellence! Captain T, shared his positive perspective on how he’s obtained what seemed to be the unobtainable as a black man growing up in America! Don’t miss out!

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Stay tuned for more conversations with other amazing members of our WOL community in the future.

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It’s graduation season so you know we have a ton of news to share! Read about all of the exciting updates in our June Newsletter. Stay plugged into all the exciting things going on in your WOL Community!

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About Way of Life

Graduates, Cadet, Family and Friends: 

On behalf of the Way of Life (WOL) Alumni Group, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website. The USAFA WOL Alumni Group is a non-profit organization with a commitment of purpose in four primary areas: 

  1. Increase the pool of qualified minority USAFA candidates 
  2. Provide advice and counsel to USAFA cadets to maximize retention 
  3. Provide advice and counsel to USAFA graduates to enhance professional development
  4. Provide leadership and service to local communities and to the nation

2019 was an amazing year for WOL.  During the 2019 Parent’s Weekend, we revitalized the organization by hosting a welcome event that was attended by the USAFA Superintendent and a Tailgate for Cadet Candidates, Cadets, Graduates and Parents.  

In the spring of 2021, we will be hosting our first annual Chuck Bush Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For those that have been wanting to see another Super-reunion, you don’t want to miss this! This conference will aim to strengthen our graduate’s relationships through the theme of “Grads Helping Grads”. I look forward to fellowshipping with you all at this event.

The WOL Alumni Group has big plans to continue to be the face of the USAFA minority community. Please join me and put actions behind our words. Our graduates are loaded with talent and potential, but we need your support in order to continue the vision! We hope that you will join us to continue to make a difference.  

Thanks again for visiting our website and please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help.


Loyd Bradley, Jr.

USAF Academy Way of Life Alumni Group

Serving Active Duty Airmen and Their Families

Serving the Cadet Wing

Serving Our Community

Our Programs

Black History Month Celebration

We gather both the active duty and cadet community together for a time of food, fellowship, and reflection on our history.

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Tuskeegee Airmen Ceremony

In collaboration with the USAF Academy and the cadet wing, we honor those who have flown before us to pave the way for black aviators.

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Community Kwanzaa Celebration

Before the cadet wing is dismissed to go home for the holidays, we dive deep into Pan-African tradition and celebrate Kwanzaa with our community.

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Way of Life Alumni Tailgate

Every year we host a mega tailgating event where Way of Life Alumni, cadets, and community can spend quality time over BBQ and football.

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Annual Chuck Bush Conference

The Way of Life Alumni Group hosts the annual Chuck Bush Conference that is aimed to support cadets and alumni to navigate their professional careers.

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Fall 2020 Pathfinders

Fall pathfinders is a mentorship program that allows for cadets to meet with alumni to help them navigate the USAF Academy and prepare for active duty life. 

Our fall programming aims to be a connective experience for cadets as they get ready to start the new year.

Annual Chuck Bush Conference

The Annual Chuck Bush Conference brings together our African-American graduates from all over the world. The conference is aimed to forge and reinvigorate relationships amongst our community. We look forward to seeing everyone in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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We are only able to do incredible things within our community because of the generosity of our members, sponsors, and volunteers. If you want to get more involved please let us empower you to make a difference within our communities!