THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER.
The winner is Jo Harper! The Prize was 2 Blue & Silver Tickets and a parking pass to the AF vs Morgan State game on Sept. 5th. Congratulations!
Thank you to all participants.
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Today's Contest has multiple elements to it. Please read carefully!
Call XXX-XXX-XXXX when you think you have everything you need.
DO NOT leave a voicemail. I will not call you back!
1) ONLY Family Plan Members are able to participate in this contest.
2) You MUST be caller #3
3) When I answer you MUST start by saying "Hello WebGuy!"
4) Tell me what class YOUR CADET is in AND how many days from TODAY till they graduate from the Academy. I need a specific number (Which will depend on your Cadets class year.)
5) You must answer this question. How tall is the Robinson Risner Statue in the Air Gardens at the USAFA?
In order to win today's prize, all of these things have to happen.
Today we were able to catch two groups down at Soaring. The first group was mostly 4th Class Cadets and the second group was a mixture of all four Classes.
These 4th Class Cadets are able to learn about Soaring during the Academic Year. During the summer between their first and second year at the academy they will be able to take an airmanship session. The 4th Class Cadets have two choices. Soaring or Jump. They will be able to go into Powered Flight when they get to their 3rd and 4th year at the Academy. Because of being able to take this course during the school year, we might see them down here again over the summer!
Not only were the Cadets enjoying their time down at Soaring but so were the Tow Plane Pilots!
We tend to see a lot of this going on with the Upperclassmen groups. What are they studying? Pretty much everything and anything they need to know in order to become a Soaring Instructor. There are four phases over the course of two semesters that they must go through if they want to be a future Instructor. Not to mention some of the YOUNGEST Soaring Instructors in the Air Force. As they go through each phase, their responsibility inside and out of the Soaring Aircraft becomes more and more in depth. Each phase has different elements they must achieve from assisted flights, to unassisted, then assisted but with errors that they must catch and correct midflight. They must also get perfect scores during some of these phases because if they don't - they aren't quailified to become Soaring Instructors.
To check out the pictures from today, go to the Academic Year 2015-16 - Airmenship Gallery. Pictures start on page 6.
This morning the Cadet Wing had their first SAMI, better known as Saturday Morning Inspection - Even if it isn't on a Saturday. The Cadets had to dress in their Blues and prepare each of their rooms for inspection.
They had roughly an hour or so of preparation before the inspection started. When the Cadets come in to inspect the room, they are saluted before entering and when they leave. Each room is looked over for roughly 2 minutes and while the room is being inspected the Cadets must stand at attention in the middle of the room, otherwise the Cadets are allowed to be at ease in their rooms. Whether that means, working on homework, talking amongest themselves or visiting with other Cadets in their rooms.
What is looked at? The Cadets leading this SAMI have rules and will measure their bed fold, their folded shirts and shorts and check for dust in certain areas of the room. As well as the floor for cleanliness.
We were low on manpower for this mornings event and because of this we were only able to cover Vandy and not every room was photographed. But rest assured that during the next SAMI we will be covering Sijan.
To find the pictures, go to Academic Year 2015-16 and click on the Military Training Gallery.
Going into the Academic Year means we are now getting to cover a wide variety of activities, including clubs. This morning we were able to catch the Speech and Debate Team in action in Fairchild. They were having a scrimmage with students from Colorado State Puebo and Colorado Boulder.
Everyone was split into two groups, the Affirmative and Negative view point. People were grouped in teams of two (affirmative) against two (negative) for this debate. Before they scattered and started their debate each view point has about 15-20 minutes to prepare for the topic of discussion.
We covered the first round, their question of debate was;
"The USFG should significantly increase restrictions on CAFOS concentrated feeding operations."
I wonder how this debate went?! You'll have to ask your Cadet if they're on the Speech and Debate Team!
Oh the look of determination, or disagreement?
We got to catch half of the students from the other schools and the Cadets, preparing their vocal cords for quick debate, check it out. They did this for about 3 minutes on and off before splitting up into their groups.
Warning: They're loud!
To view the pictures from this morning go to the Academic Year 2015-16 - Extracurricular Gallery!
Caught up with the first group at Soaring this morning. There are three sets of Cadet groups that come out here every day and there are three set times for these groups. The first group starts their day at Soaring at 6:30AM, the second group arrives at 10AM and the third group at 12:30PM. Sadly because of the weather, sometimes there is no activity while a group is on the Airfield and sometimes they are lucky and have a ton of Soaring time. Also, depending on the day of the week there are different groups of Cadets.
Rest assured that over the course of the semester we will be sure to catch the different groups on different days. This group in particular got down to Soaring around 6:30am. They were briefed and then sent out onto the Airfield. They had roughly two hours of Soaring time before they had to go back up to the Academy and attend their other academic courses.
Check out the Academic Year 2015-16 - Airmanship Gallery for the pictures taken this morning!
We were able to get some pictures at the Airfield today for Powered Flight.
What have we learned today at the Airfield, apparently this picture sums up the Flight Team.
Flight suit. Check. Monster drink. Check. Beautiful mountain scenery. Check.
We were also able to see some Cadets in class for Powered Flight as well. Each Cadet has a total of nine instructor accompanied flights before they are able pilot the aircraft solo! Some of the Cadets photographed today are already halfway there. How exciting!
To view the pictures go to the Academic Year 2015-16 - Airmanship Gallery for pictures from our Powered Flight coverage today!
The cadets enjoyed not one, but TWO country concerts. They got to see music performed by Amanda Watkins and Darryl Worley.
There were many activities set up, Cadets and their guests if they brought them were able to channel their inner warrior in games like the "Big Baller", where they squeezed into these massive balloons and ran around in teams of two trying to score the most points against the other team by getting the ball into the goal.
They had an activity called "King of the Mountain" where the cadets had to attempt to jump across "rocks" and make it to the other side without falling off.
Then there was the "Laser Tag Dome" where they had to make it to the top before the other people and stay up as long as they could. Which looked very hard! Oh gosh so many things! Then a Velcro wall, getting their faces painted and even cartoon versions of themselves drawn!
There was also a ton food trucks outside on the patio. Even with the crazy rain we had that night the cadets definitely got their fill of all the food provided. Treats by Gypsy Pizzera, Bertha's Kitchen, All things Pita, Rocky Mountain BBQ and many more!
All in all I'd say it was a fun night had by all that attended the Jamboree!
The pictures are in the Academic Year 2015-16 section under the "Extracurricular" Gallery, starting on page 12.
Click here to go right to page 12!
Hello all, WebHatter here.
This is for the last Summer ESET Session parents out there. We want to thank you for your patience in waiting for these to be posted. They were finally approved this morning. With the change over from the Summer Sessions into the Academic Year it took some time. But here they are!
Pictures from the most recent upload start on page 141 in the Summer ESET Gallery.
We love that we were able to cover this program over the summer and can't wait to do it again next year!
Until next summer ESET! We bid you Adieu.
And as always, happy hunting!
Hey Family Plan Members! Today we are having a 25% off ONE DAY ONLY flash sale just for you! http://shop.usafa.org
This morning we will send you the discount code to the preferred email address we have on file.
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- No other discounts applicable- Sale ends 11:59pm MST 8/13- Prior sales excluded - No extensions of sale- Limited to stock on hand- Standard shipping charges apply
Happy Shopping, Family Plan Members!