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Yesterday the class of 2016 were able to look at and reserve stones for their rings at a booth set up by the Jostens Ring Company. They are still 4 months away from getting them but you could really see the smiles in their faces as they come close to marking off a huge milestone (no pun intended) in their cadet career. Check out more pictures on the last pages of the extracurricular photo gallery.
In the spirit of the holidays some of our employees at the AOG made an awesome gingerbread Assault Course.
Tara Sweeney, a '95 gradaute, has been creating 3D printer cadet
figurines throughout 2014. She just sent us the some BCT Ornaments and
some models of the latest figurines. In the next picture, I pose them
in front of the September issue of Checkpoints.
Here are the BCT ornaments. We have 10 of each in the store in case
anyone wants to get one quick for their tree this year. If the 10 of
each sell out quick, I'll try to get a reorder in.
Here are some individual shots of some of the other figurines. We
don't have them available in the store yet, but you can take a look at
the creator's facebook page to see what it's all about. Here is
Facebook page. Thick Bar Creations Facebook page. I think the whole thing about 3D printing is pretty cool. If you are intereted, give it a look.
"Service before self" is a huge part of life at the Academy and life in the Air Force. This simple saying is what cadets live by and is what Squadron 15 has embodied through their actions of helping Mitchell Hall staff clean up after lunch on Thursdays. In 15 Minutes the cadets of squadron 15 are able to clean the eating area of over 2,000 cadets. The Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of sq 15 hopes that the actions of his squadron will influence other squadrons to do the same thus further easing the extremely difficult job that the Mitchell Hall staff are tasked with.
Today was the final rehearsal for the Behavior Science & Leadership Department's annual RAT OLYMPICS! The "boys" were put through their final training paces in preparation for the real thing on Monday.
Here is a cool video of "Skittles" going through his paces. Enjoy!
I attended CLES today. The focus was "Transition & Intentional Preparation for Command: Assessing & Increasing Unit Performance". These seminars are held three times a year to prepare the incoming cadet wing leadership for their responsibilities.
Following welcoming remarks, the cadets broke into small groups according which group their squadron was part of. They received briefings on the state of their various squadrons and groups by the fall commanders, then met together to talk about the goals for the spring semester. After lunch and a speech by Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Williams, they again broke into small groups to formulate action plans for the spring and prepare a briefing for their respective AOCs.
It is always reaffirming to see the cadets in action in this setting. Here are some photos from the day. The rest are in the Military Training gallery starting on page 174.
Congratulations to the incoming Cadet Wing Top Three! (from left to right) Director of Operations, C1C Kayla Vildosola, Cadet Wing Commander C1C Sophia Vasiliadis, and Vice-Wing Commander C1C Josiah Cline.