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World Class Athlete Spotlight

1st Lieutenant Cale Simmons

Pole Vault

First Lieutenant Cale Simmons is an Air Force World Class Athlete Program member and will be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janero, Brazil. During the games, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Simmons will compete in pole vault.

Simmons received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2013.  He competed on the Academy track and field team from 2009-2013. He excelled in pole vaulting and decided to focus his energy in that sport.

The lieutenant became a member of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program in August 2015. He is a four-time All American with a personal best jump of 5.72 meters at the Kyle Macintosh Twilight Meet, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in June 2016.
He finished the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, July 4, 2016, with a jump of 5.65 meters, clinching his spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Simmons will make his Olympic debut Aug. 13, 2016, during pole-vault qualifiers in Rio.

His recent accomplishments also include a first-place finish at the Colorado School of Mines Last Chance Meet, May 15, 2016, Golden, Colorado; a second-place finish with a jump of 5.56 meters at the Paradise Valley Community College Meet, May 22, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona; and a first-place finish with a jump of 5.55 meters at the Hartnell Memorial Day Meet, May 29-31, San Jose, California.

The lieutenant’s twin brother, 1st Lt. Rob Simmons, also graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2013 and was a member of the Academy’s pole-vaulting team. The twin’s older sister, Capt. Rachel Schaefer, is a 2009 USAFA graduate and noted western conference and USAFA pole vaulter.

2013 Bachelor of Science degree in Basic Sciences/Chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

July 2013 – July 2015 – Contracting officer, 700th Contracting Squadron, Kapaun Air Station, Germany
August 2015 – Present – World Class Athlete Program athlete, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Spring, Colorado, training

Second Lieutenant May 2013
First Lieutenant May 2015


U.S. Air Force News, published July 8, 2016
U.S. Air Force Academy, published July 6, 2016
The Sacramento Bee
Association of Graduates (USAFA)
U.S. Air Force Medicine News


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