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The United States Air Force Academy

 

The United States Air Force Academy was established in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and since the doors opened in 1958, 33,000 cadets have graduated from this prestigious school. With their motto of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do," it is apparent why many seek to join the elite group of men and women whom graduate from this great American institution each year.

Air Force Academy Chape near Colorado Springs
The Air Force Academy Chapel is an All-Faiths House of Worship
Falcon Stadium at the USAF north of Colorado Springs
While Visiting the Colorado Springs Area, be sure to Catch a USAF Football Game
 

The Academy is open to the public daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. If you do not have an active duty or retired military ID, you must show your driver's license, proof of insurance, registration, and your vehicle will be searched before you are allowed entry. There are no guided tours, but you can stop by the Visitor Center and Gift Shop (open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) where you can view the 14-minute video that walks you through the life of a Cadet on the base. The visitor center also has exhibits for you to explore and you can obtain a map, which will guide you to the chapel and the field house.

Eagle and Fledgling stature at USAF in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Eagle and Fledgling Statue by Carl C Mose is at Honor Court
The Center for Character and Leadership Development in the Honor Court inside the USAF in the Colorado Springs Area
The Center for Character and Leadership Development
 

Chapel: Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of all cadets. It contains a separate chapel for four major religious faiths; Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist. In addition, an all-faiths room devoid of any religious symbolism so it can be used by a verity of faiths, and Falcon Circle, for the academy's followers of Earth-Centered spirituality. Each chapel has its own entrance, and services may be held simultaneously. The chapel is occasionally closed for private services, weddings and funerals throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule posted online before you go.

Honor Court: Located between the Chapel and Arnold Hall, this area contains bronze statues and aircraft memorials from various groups.

The tail of a real full size b-52 bomber at USAF in Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Retired B-52 was the Backbone of America's Manned Bomber Force
A full size b-52 bomber on display at USAF in Colorado Springs, Colorado
This Bomber's First Flight Was October 1956 and has over 15,000 flying hours
 

Falcon Stadium: Built in 1962, in a natural bowl, at the base of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains. This spectacular stadium host not only the Air Force Falcons home football games, but also, the academy's graduation ceremonies.

Athletics play a major roll in academy life. So much so, Sports Illustrated dubbed the academy "the most athletic school in the country." Their athletic programs consist of 17 men's and 10 women's NCAA sanctioned teams, so make sure to stop by the field house while you're out touring the campus. You may even find cadets working out or practicing with one of the several intercollegiate teams that practice and compete here. The Clune Arena is the most impressive arena of the field house, seating 6,000. It was built in memorial of former Athletic director Colonel John J. Clune. Outside the field house, 57 athletic fields cover 140 acres.

Please Note: You must enter through the North Gate, off I-25 at Exit 156, 14 miles north of downtown Colorado Springs to access the Air Force Academy. This is an active military training facility so, do not go into closed areas, especially those marked with signs saying, "No visitors beyond this point." Some examples of the off limits' areas are, the dorms, airfield, and the Terrazzo, which is in the middle of the cadet area.

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