air force Academy

2304 Cadet Drive, USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 80840
Air Force

ABOUT

Established in 1954, the United States Air Force Academy (also known as USAFA, the Air Force Academy, or the Academy), is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force. Its campus is located in the western United States in Colorado, immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County.

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.

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ARRIVAL

Upon arriving at the United States Air Force Academy, report directly to the Military Personnel Section (MPS). The MPS is located at 5136 Eagle Drive, Suite K102 within the Community Center. MPS duty hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 0730-1530 or Wed 0730-1200. You are required to be in uniform with the following items: CAC card, sealed MPF package and 5 copies of your PCS orders. DoD ID holders should enter through the South Gate (Exit 150 on I-25). The MPS personnel will do all they can to ensure you have a smooth transition into USAFA. Once the MPS is complete with their portion you will report to your unit of assignment or Commander Support Staff (CSS) for further in-processing. You will be asked to update your SGLI and vRED. Please ensure you have all required information to fill out these forms accurately.

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.

Bustang offers bus service from Denver to Colorado Springs on their South Line route.

Groome Transportation offers shuttle service in and out of Colorado Springs at a discounted rate for military personnel. For a complete listing of locations they serve, visit their website here.

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.

Resources

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/.

 

Academy School District 20 

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.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware: Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Military Children and Teens Resource Guide
Department of Human Services (719) 636-0000 The El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) strives to protect the most vulnerable citizens while providing efficient access to the services provided by local, state and federal governments. They aim to keep families together and help them to become self-sufficient. They work closely with community organizations to stretch the safety net we provide even further. El Paso County Child Protective Services (719) 444-5700 Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe. El Paso County Humane Society (719) 473-1741 Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more. El Paso County Public Health (719) 578-3199 El Paso County Sheriff’s Office ( 719) 520-7100 Pikes Peak Library District (719) 531-6333

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

 

Housing

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.

Forest Lakes
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.

Cordera
7.5 miles from base

This military-friendly neighborhood is made up of cul-de-sacs, has lots of parks and has good schools.

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Community

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.

In Colorado Springs, CO, the overall cost of living index is 100, which is 8% lower than the Colorado average and equal to the U.S. average. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Colorado Springs, CO, the city’s goods and services are 5% lower than the Colorado average and 5% lower than the U.S. average.
Almost immediately following the arrival of railroads beginning in 1871, the city’s location at the base of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains made it a popular tourism destination. With five military installations close by, the Pikes Peak region has many active duty and retired military families living living in the area. The Colorado Springs community is definitely a military-friendly part of the country. Colorado Springs, with its unparalleled beauty and moderate climate, offers something for everyone, no matter the season. The area features more than 55 attractions and activities, including the ANA Money Museum, the Cheyenne Mountain ZooColorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Old Colorado City and the U.S. Olympic Training Center, If you are not afraid of heights, you will definitely want to visit the country’s highest zip line, located above the Royal Gorge. Visit this site to learn about everything this wonderful city has to offer. If you love the outdoors, there is plenty to see and do in Colorado Springs. The Garden of the Gods, on the western edge of Colorado Springs, has been described as the most beautiful park in the world. It is a National Natural Landmark with 300 foot sandstone rock formations often viewed against a backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of Pikes Peak. Pike’s Peak, which rises to 14,110 ft. above sea level offers another popular hiking trail that is a 19-mile paved and gravel journey to the top. Eagle’s Peak takes hikers who make it to the top an astonishing 9,368 ft. above sea level. This popular trail is located on base. Park in the Visitors Center parking lot and find Trail 713 to hike Eagle’s Peak. Additionally, the newly renovated Planetarium, located on base at the Air Force Academy, was opened to the public on March 4, 2019 and includes state-of-the-art technology that allows you to further explore the Universe and life on Earth. Colorado Springs is also home to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the headquarters of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Over Labor Day weekend, the community enjoys the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, which is a hot air balloon festival held every year near Prospect Lake.

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