Way of Life | USAFA Alumni

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About Way of Life USAFA Alumni

USAFA Way of Life (WOL) is an independent non-profit organization encompassing a community of Black Graduates from the United States Air Force Academy and U. S. Air Force Servicemen. As of January 2023, there are only 21 active duty black female pilots/unmanned pilots in the Air Force. Our mission is simple yet powerful: to expand the pool of qualified Black cadets through dedicated counsel and mentorship. Together we can continue the journey of our predesesors.


Charles "Chuck" Bush
Isaac "Ike" Payne
Roger Sims


Col. (Ret) Gail Colvin
Dr. Gwendolyn Knuckles
Dr. Beverly Turman-Handy


All Of Us

A Letter From Our President

Prestigious Graduates, Cadets, Candidates, Family and Friends, 

On behalf of the USAFA 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 dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of black candidates, cadets, and alumni within the USAFA community.  

Our commitment of purpose focuses on 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

The USAFA WOL Alumni Group is poised to solidify its role as the vanguard of the USAFA minority community.  I invite you to stand alongside us, turning our words into meaningful actions. 

We NEED your unwavering support and resources to sustain the vision and TAKE CARE of HOME.  Together, let us forge ahead and leave an indelible mark on the lives we touch. 

Inspire Greatness in Others…We are USAFA!

USAF Academy Way of Life Alumni Group