air force Academy
The Academy’s stated mission is “to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.” It is the youngest of the five U.S. service academies, having graduated its first class 59 years ago in 1959, however it is the third in seniority. Graduates of the Academy’s four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting approximately a million visitors each year.
Admission is extremely competitive, with nominations divided equally among Congressional districts. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; historically, just under 1,000 of those will graduate. Tuition along with room and board are all paid for by the Air Force. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation.
The program at the Academy is guided by the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do“, and based on four “pillars of excellence”: military training, academics, athletics and character development. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, and a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.
The United States Air Force Academy has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,276.
The unit CSS should supply you with an internal checklist and schedule you for the mandatory base Newcomers Orientation (Newcomers is held the third Tuesday of each month at the Falcon Club).
For Military Personnel:
If you arrive at USAFA after the posted MPS hours and have no lodging arrangements made, report to the Rampart Lodge, 3130 Academy Drive, (719) 333-4910 for your lodging needs.
Your sponsor will help you with any questions or problems before your arrival and while you’re getting settled. Please exchange phone numbers, email addresses and your travel itinerary with your sponsor. If you can’t contact your sponsor, call the base locator at 719-333-1110 or your gaining unit orderly room.
After you have obtained a local address and phone number, you should update your address information in your virtual Record of Emergency Data, or vRED. In the first month after you arrive, you will attend a briefing from the finance office, MPF and, if applicable, a first duty station and equal opportunity orientation. Spouses and teenage family members are encouraged to attend.
The Denver International Airport (DEN) is approximately 73 miles north of the Academy, which is a little over an hour drive, depending upon traffic. The Academy is located north of Colorado Springs, just off Interstate-25.
The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is located southeast of Colorado Springs; Peterson AFB is a tenant of the airport. It is about 25 miles south and is approximately a 25-30 minute drive by car.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) offers public transportation services in the Pikes Peak region.
The Colorado Springs area is also bike-friendly and a Bike Master Plan was approved by the Colorado Springs City Council in April 2018.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Colorado school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the local school district for other requirements.
Colorado is unique because it is an Open Enrollment state The Public Schools of Choice law (C.R.S. 22-36-101) allows resident pupils to enroll at schools in Colorado districts for which they are not zoned. This is also referred to as “Open Enrollment”.
Your School Choices:
1. Attend the public school zoned for my neighborhood
2. Attend a public school out of my zone/district utilizing Open Enrollment
3. Attend a public charter school
4. Home school
5. Attend a private school
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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Academy Admissions (800) 443-9266/ (719)333-3070
Airman and Family Readiness Center (719) 333-3444
Athletics (719) 333-4008
Base Operator (719) 333-1110
Child Development Center (719) 555-6863
Commissary (719) 333-2428
Dental Clinic (719) 333-5192
Exchange (719) 472-0861
Financial Services Office (719) 333-3160
Government Housing Management (719) 333-2247
ID/CAC Card Processing (719) 333-2277
Legal Services/JAG (719) 333-3642
McDermott Library (719) 333-2590
Medical Treatment Facility (719) 524-2273
Military Clothing Store (719) 472-6024
10 FSS/FSMP (719) 333-1883
10 Medical Group (719) 524-2273
NAF Human Resources (719) 333-3425
Parent Liaison (719) 333-3828
Personnel Support Office (719) 333-2277
Public Affairs (719) 333-7731
Rampart Lodge (719) 333-4910
Registrar (719) 333-3970
Relocation Assistance Program (719) 333-3444
School Liaison Office (719) 333-3444
Unaccompanied Housing Manager (719) 333-4229
USAF Academy Hospital (719) 333-5101
Veterinary Services (719) 333-4055
Weather Conditions (719) 333-6249
Welcome and Visitors Center (719) 333-7743
The housing at the Air Force Academy is managed by Hunt LLC, which has constructed new homes in the upper Douglass Valley and has made renovations to the homes in Pine Valley. The community offers hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, landscape services, snow removal, 24/7 maintenance service and some of the best schools in the area.
In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at the Air Force Academy visit the Air Force Academy Family Housing website.
Information about off-base housing is available through the housing referral office. Visit this Department of Defense-sponsored site to view home listings in the area. The housing referral office can be reached at (719) 333-2247.
4.2 miles from base
Forest Lake is a new development just north of the Academy with two lakes and that is close to good schools.
7.5 miles from base
This military-friendly neighborhood is made up of cul-de-sacs, has lots of parks and has good schools.
In Colorado Springs, the summers are warm, the winters are very cold and dry, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 84°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 92°F.
The warm season is from June 6 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 9, with an average high of 84°F and a low of 58°F.The cold season is from November 20 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 20°F and high of 43°F.
Colorado Springs is just over 6,000 feet above sea level, which means that the area receives a lot of snow during the winter months. On average, Colorado enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The summer months are typically moderate and pleasant, with occasional thunderstorms. The winter months are cold and snowfall usually occurs from October through late April.
Colorado’s terrain and weather challenge both drivers and vehicles. Pay close attention to weather warnings or watches and make sure your vehicle is in top shape — especially the steering, suspension and brakes. A good set of all-season radial tires is a must.
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