Last night at 6:30 p.m. MST in Mitchell Hall, our cadets honored and remembered Col. George E. “Bud” Day, their class exemplar. Bud is America’s most decorated warrior, as a recipient of both the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. He served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was a POW for almost six years in North Vietnam. John McCain was a fellow POW and said of Day, “He was the bravest man I ever knew, and his fierce resistance and resolute leadership set the example for us in prison of how to return home with honor.”
There is so much that can be said of this man. I hope that you will do some research on your own to learn more about this man that your cadet voted to be the Class of 2017 Exemplar.
And so now, whenever you hear “Class of 2017”, you’ll hear in response, “Bud.”
Each Cadet was presented with an Exemplar Coin provided from the
2017 Parent Spirit Mission.
Thank you to the parent who kindly and generously donated the banner that will hang in Mitchell Hall.
Specially printed insert cards and boxes with squadron labels for ease and accuracy in delivery. Each step is carefully thought out and prepared for.
Some of our volunteers, assembling the Exemplar coin envelopes for our cadets.
U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
CADET EXEMPLAR PROGRAM
The Cadet Exemplar Program is an avenue for each Academy class to honor and identify with a past military giant, alive or dead. It is designed to link our nation’s rich heritage with our boundless future. As such, the heroes who are chosen epitomize the personal characteristics that each class of cadets seeks to emulate.
The goal of the Cadet Exemplar Program is to build officers with a strong foundation in our nation’s and our military’s heritage in order to advance into the future as a united aerospace force. Past class exemplars have included Gen. Carl Spaatz, Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell and Capt. Lance P. Sijan.
The selected class exemplar not only becomes the cadets’ honorary class leader, but also the very namesake and identity of that particular class. Throughout the cadets’ career, the Exemplar becomes the focal point of inspiration for the cadets as they prepare for their roles as Air Force officers and future leaders.
In short, the Cadet Exemplar Program strives to form unbreakable unity between past leaders and today’s future leaders so that the critical values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do will continue to prosper at the Air Force Academy and in the nation as a whole.
To build officers with a strong foundation in our country and our military’s heritage in order to advance into the future as a united Aerospace Force.