Now that most of your Cadets are home for the Holidays and I am back home in California, I finally have a moment to update you on the very busy week that just ended at USAFA. Obviously it was Finals week, but all of the WebGuy team's attention last Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday was on cooking bacon. We hosted the Bacon and Cider Bar in the Vandy and Sijan Oasis. Between the two sites we cooked (and the cadets consumed) more than 200lbs of bacon (which was NOT from Mitch's). Our thanks to the Chaplains for providing the facilities and the many volunteers, parents, grads, and WebGuy team members for the long hours they put in to make the event a success. Thanks also to the Cadets for their many compliments and expressed thanks.
The photos are up in the Extra-Curricular gallery starting on page 207. Below are a few samples.
After I arrived back home in Los Angeles, WebDoc and I attended the Holiday Reception at Los Angeles Air Force Base sponsored by the USAFA Admissions Liason Officers and the Los Angeles Parents Club. It was great to see such a great turnout of parents, grads, cadets, former preppies and one current cadet candidate, to meet with USAFA candidates and applicants from the LA area.
So, that's it for this year! On behalf of the entire WebGuy Team and the many folks you never see at the Association of Graduates, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you all the best during this holiday season. There is lots more to come in the new year between now and Graduation in May. We'll be there to cover it all.
Get the perfect gift for the Air Force fan and avoid the holiday crowds. Many items are on sale plus a new item is added every day through December 21st! Shop online at shop.usafa.org. December 21st is the last day to place orders with delivery before Christmas (standard delivery, weather permitting) to a valid U.S. street address (no PO Boxes).
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.