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World Class Athletes

Air Force Elite Make Up the World Class Athlete Program

The Air Force World Class Athlete Program, known as WCAP is designed to allow elite athletes the opportunity to train and compete in national events to make the Olympics. Read our story.


AF Form 303 Completion Instructions:

  1. Download AF Form 303 from here.
  2. Select your SPORT from the drop down box.
  3. Page 1: fill in the highlighted fields (SSN is not required). In sections III. & IV., include awards and accolades received that pertain to the sport for which you are applying.
  4. Page 2: All signature fields must be electronically signed. Athlete completes sections V. and VI and signs. Supervisor completes and signs in section VII. Commander completes and signs in section VIII. Section IX. Is for WCAP applicants only. Fitness Center Director completes and signs in section X. Section XI. – leave blank.
  5. After obtaining appropriate signatures, athlete uploads to the MyPers website here




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Captain Simon enlisted in the Air Force in 2000 as a KC-135 Crew Chief and in 2006 crossed trained into communication maintenance as a Voice Network Technician. In 2008 Captain Simon separated from the Air Force after honorably serving his full enlisted term and immediately joined Air Force ROTC at the University of Washington were he commissioned in 2011.

Capt Simon became a member of the WCAP in August 2016. He is currently attempting to make the U.S. National team at the U.S National Bobsled and Skelton National Team Trials in Park City, Utah. If Capt Simon is selected to the national team, the next milestone is for him to make the Olympic team. The National Team will be announced on 4 November 2016.

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Sport:  DISCUS

Captain Paige Blackburn is a 2012 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where she holds the weight throw and standing long jump school records and is also featured as 2nd all-time in the javelin and discus.  Capt Blackburn became a member of the WCAP in March 2015 and currently holds Personal Bests of 61.16 meters in the Discus and 52.97 meters in the Javelin.

On 12 March 2016, Capt Blackburn threw the discus 57.38m (188 feet, 2 inches) to qualify her for the Olympic Trials.  Capt Blackburn didn’t quit there. She may have secured her spot for the Olympic Qualifying Trials but she has another record to beat, her personal best.  On 25 Mar 2016, Capt Blackburn competed in the Cardinal and Black Challenge in Los Angeles, CA and placed 1st throwing 61.16m (200 feet, 6 inches).  Her other top finishes since March include 1st of 39 throwing 60.92 meters in the Florida Relays, 1-2 Apr Gainsville FL and 2nd of 9 throwing 58.8 meters at the LSU Invitational, 29 Apr-1 May in Baton Rouge LA.  Capt Blackburn is currently ranked #4 in the US and #18 internationally and will compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials from 30 Jun – 3 Jul in Eugene OR.

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Sport: SWIMMING, 100m Butterfly

Lt. Ryan Dunne is a 2015 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he was the all-time fastest 100 freestyler in military academy history, NCAA qualifier, and Air Force Academy 6-time record holder.  He joined the WCAP in July 2015 and is currently assigned to JB Andrews, Maryland. He has been a competitive swimmer for 14 years.  Recent accomplishments include a 1st place finish out of 15 in the 50m with 23.48 seconds and 1st out of 8 in the 100m with 51.34 seconds at the University of Maryland Aquatic Club Red & Black Invitational, 17-19 June, College Park MD.  Lt Dunne has qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100m Butterfly, which will be held in Omaha, NE 26 June through 3 July.

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Lt Joseph Uhle is a 2015 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is   obviously not afraid of heights!  While at the Academy, he was a four-time all American and a five -time Mountain West Conference Champion.  He was also the Air Force Academy Indoor Record Holder with a 5.55 meter jump.

Lt Uhle became a member of the WCAP April 2015 and is currently assigned to Los Angeles AFB CA and became a member of the World Class Athlete Program April 2015.  He is flying high on his way to the 2016 Olympics!  Lt Uhle is currently ranked #6 in the US and #11 internationally.  His recent accomplishments include the following:  1st place out of 6 with a jump of 5.60 meters (tied personal record) at the 89th Annual Kansas Relays, 21-24 April at the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS; 2nd place out of 46 with a jump of 5.53 meters at the Long Beach Invitational, 13-16 April at California State University, Long Beach CA and he tied for 3rd out of 16 with a jump of 5.50 meters at the USA Track & Field Indoor 2016 Championships, 9-13 March, Portland OR.  Lt Uhle will compete in the 2016 Olympics Trials from 30 Jun-3 Jul in Eugene OR. 

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Lt Cale Simmons is a 2013 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and  competed for the Academy track and field team from 2009-2013.  He excelled in pole vaulting, so decided to focus his energy in that sport.  He is a four-time All American, cleared a personal best of 5.61 meters and is excited to have the opportunity to represent the Air Force and his country in the 2016 Olympics. 

Lt Simmons became a member of the WCAP in July 2015.  His recent accomplishments include the following:  1st place out of 6 with a 5.32 meter jump on 15 May at the Colorado School of Mines Last Chance Meet, Golden CO; 2nd place out of 15 with a 5.56 meter jump on 22 May, Paradise Valley Community College Meet, Phoenix AZ and 1st out of 10 with a jump of 5.55 meters 29-31 May at the Hartnell Memorial Day Meet, San Jose CA.  His jump on 22 May qualified him for the Olympic Trials in Eugene OR from 30 Jun-3 Jul. 

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Sport - TRACK & FIELD, 800m

Lt Annette Melcher is a 2014 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has transformed from a NCAA All-American to a professional middle distance runner.  She  entered the World Class Athlete Program in May 2014.  On 6 June 2015, Lt Melcher ran a personal outdoor best to qualify her for the Olympic Trials, 2:02.32 in the 800 meters. She went on to compete in the 2016 indoor season and qualified for Team USA World Indoor Trials with a personal indoor best of 2:03.98.  She finished the season ranked 12th in US and 48th in the World.  Her goal is to reach the Olympic A Standard and be in the top 3 after three rounds of the 800 meter run at the Olympic Trials, 30 Jun-3 Jul in Eugene, OR.



Can You Compete With the Best of the World?

Here’s How:

  • Submit an Air Force (AF) Form 303 (Request for USAF Specialized Sports Training) by e-mail or by mail.
  • The Air Force Fitness and Sports office will forward the application to the United States Olympic Committee to verify your potential for making the Olympic team in your sport.

If you are accepted into the World Class Athlete Program, a PCS move may be required to locate you closer to the national team coaches and training facilities. The program starts two years prior to each Summer and Winter Olympic Games.


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