U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has won a new Air Force Academy award that highlights character and leadership in public service.
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, became the first recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy's Character and Leadership Award last month as the academy wrapped up its National Character and Leadership Symposium.
Inhofe, who served in the Army from 1957 to 1958, is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He also is an accomplished pilot who has logged more than 15,000 flight hours. In 1991, he flew around the world, much as famed aviator Wiley Post did in the 1930s.
Two Air Force Academy initiatives will benefit from the award.
The Anschutz Foundation of Denver made a $100,000 donation in Inhofe's name to the Air Force Academy in honor of the award.
Inhofe directed the money to be used for the Center for Character Development's 2nd Class Cadet Servant Leadership Seminar and the Political Science Department's Academy Assembly.
The foundation was established by the Anschutz family. The Anschutz Corp. is the parent company of The Oklahoma Publishing Company and The Oklahoman.