My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: US Air Force Academy
Location: Colorado Springs CO
My father and father -in-law both served in WW II. My dad was in the Pacific Theatre and departed Pearl Harbor bound for the Philippines on a troop transporter on November 30, 1941. My father-in-law was part of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy. My dad was the chief mechanic for B-17’s and my father-in-law was a B-17 pilot. Both my dad and father-in-law were part of the Army Air Corp which later went on to become the US Air Force.
In 1948, the Air Force appointed a board, later named the Stearns-Eisenhower Board for its chairmen, to study the existing military academies and to study the options for an Air Force Academy. Their conclusions were strongly put: the Air Force needed its own school, and they recommended additionally that at least 40 percent of future officers be service academy graduates.
The United States Air Force Academy, became the military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force. It was located just outside of Colorado Springs CO.
Congress finally authorized creation of the Academy in 1954. Harold E. Talbot, then-Secretary of the Air Force, appointed a commission to assist him in selecting the permanent site. After traveling 21,000 miles and considering 580 proposed sites in 45 states, the commission recommended three locations.
The main question of concern for the Colorado location was if the mountains or wind currents would affect flight training. Famous aviator Charles Lindbergh flew over the proposed site and declared it fit for flying. Secretary Talbot selected the site near Colorado Springs, and the state of Colorado contributed $1 million toward the purchase of the property.
Here are some fast facts about the Air Force Academy and how they take students and develop them into officers.
About The Cadet Wing/Officer Development
- The Cadet Wing consists of approximately 4,000 cadets.
- Cadets are organized into 40 squadrons, each containing approximately 100 cadets.
- Cadets Squadrons each have one Air Officer Commanding and one Academy Military Trainer assigned as permanent party leadership.
- USAFA assesses approximately 1,200 cadets each summer during Basic Cadet Training. Basic Cadet Training is a six-week program where cadets transition from civilian to military life.
- More than half of all faculty and staff are currently serving or retired from the military. Exposing cadets to uniformed military and career civil servants enriches their understanding of AF careers and imparts the AF culture.
- Approximately 800 – 1,000 cadets graduate each year. This equates to about an 80% graduation rate
- Cadets must participate in an intercollegiate or intramural sport each semester.