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Cadet Development Activities

 

Cadet History Club

The Cadet History Club is chartered to broaden cadet understanding of the value of history as it relates to their professional development as future officers. Toward this end, we sponsor guest speakers, usually combat veterans or high-ranking military or civilian guests. We also sponsor a formal dinner each academic year, with a guest speaker known for a strong leadership style, either on or off the battlefield. The goal of our speaker program is to provide cadets with individual examples of combat experience, as well as an appreciation for the combat history of the U.S. Air Force. All history majors are automatically members and non-majors may sign up anytime by contacting the History Department.
 

Area Studies Groups

Cadets participate in area-specific study groups including Europe, Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, Middle East, Africa, East Asia, and Latin America. Activities include guest speakers, field trips, and dinner outings. With the coordination of the area studies groups and the Department of International Programs, cadets host foreign exchange cadets while they are visiting USAFA. The groups are administered and directed by military and civilian professors with inter-departmental regional expertise. The groups provide an outstanding opportunity for cadets to expand their knowledge and appreciation of region-specific issues and challenges.
  

Reading Groups

Several venues within the World and Area Studies Directorate offer cadets opportunities to read a book with the goal of discussing the issues raised at an instructor’s house. Reading group size varies from a handful of cadets to several dozen depending on the topic of the book and cadet interest. This program provides cadets and teachers an excellent opportunity to enhance their understanding of a topic in a relaxed, “great book” forum.
 

Publication/Presentation Opportunities

Quality cadet papers on a variety of subjects are eligible for presentation at a national conference or publication in any one of the many historical journals. For the past several years the Department of History has sponsored cadets to present papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the Undergraduate Conference on the Social Sciences. A number of cadet papers have also been published in Airpower Journal and Air Power History.
 

Cadet Foreign Exchange Program

Each spring break and summer cadets travel to foreign air force academies for one of the most rewarding and exciting programs at USAFA. Cadets become ambassadors of the U.S. and forge strong relations and friendships in literally dozens of countries. They also get an opportunity to practice their language skills in the process of sharing academy experiences. Each of the countries USAFA has exchanges with send cadets to USAFA and are escorted by the American cadets who went on the previous exchange.
 

Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

A select number of cadets each year are offered an opportunity to earn a scholarship and pursue a graduate degree immediately following graduation. Applicable scholarships include the following:

EAST-WEST CENTER SCHOLARSHIP - Duration: 17 months. Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii.

GERHART FELLOWSHIP - Duration: 2 years. Study at Middlebury College and University of Paris/Sorbonne. Must be proficient in French.

WOLFE FELLOWSHIP - Duration: 1 year, can be extended with AFIT approval. Awarded to the outstanding student in the Humanities Division.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP - Duration: 1 year. Study in a foreign country. Must be proficient in host country language.

GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAM - Duration: 1 year. Selected by the department or Dean. A 12-month program in some field of history.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP - Duration: 2 years. Study of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOLARSHIP - Duration: 2 years. Study in public policy and public management.

RHODES SCHOLARSHIP - Duration: 2 years. Possible extension. Study at Oxford University in England.

MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP - Duration: 2 years. Study in a field of value to the USAF or United States at any university in the United Kingdom.

TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP - For Juniors (2nd Class). Study in public policy. Post-graduate $30,000 for personal program.

***Competition for these scholarships is intense and early preparation is a must. If you have questions or are interested in the opportunities see your instructor.
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History Summer Research Programs

A. Objective. The Department of History sends cadets to a variety of summer research programs. These provide unique military and academic experiences which will enhance your professionalism as a military officer, improve your chances for acquiring choice assignments later in your career, and expand your academic skills. The programs are specifically designed to help you conduct field historical research in various governmental and non-governmental agencies, to expand your academic knowledge in your field of interest, and to contribute to research efforts at world-renowned organizations.

B. Eligibility.

1. History major
2. 3.00 or better GPA
3. 2.80 or better MPA

C. Program Details.

1. All programs are offered to cadets between their junior and senior years (firstie summer).
2. Programs range from 3 to 6 weeks depending on agreement between Dean and Commandant, on program host constraints, and funding.
3. Most programs are conducted during first summer period (with the top cadets being allowed to depart immediately after final exams).

D. Available Programs. While varying from year to year, the following programs have recently been available:

1. Headquarters, European Command (EUCOM): Conduct research and prepare reports for top-level EUCOM commanders at Stuttgart, Germany.

2. Los Alamos Research Center: Conduct research focusing on the history of technology at Los Alamos, New Mexico.

3. United States Marine Corps Historical Center (MCHC): Unique opportunity to work with Marine Corps historians at the MCHC and Marine Corps Museum and to explore other military history related activities in the Washington D.C. area.

4. Air Force Space Command and US Space Command: Exciting opportunity to work with staff historians on projects for the Commander, US and/or Air Force Space Command at either Falcon AFB or Peterson AFB, Colorado.

5. On-Site Inspection Agency (OSIA): Outstanding opportunity to work with the agency historian in analyzing and preparing reports from team debriefs, and to be exposed to Russian weapon inspectors. Opportunities include work at Magna, Utah as well as other locations around the world.

6. National Aeronautic Association (NAA): One-of-a-kind opportunity to work with association’s vast historical materials and participate in other activities in the Washington D.C. area.

7. Defense Systems Management College (DSMC): Great opportunity to work with historian/archivist at Fort Belvoir, VA. Often results in publishable paper.

8. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC): Outstanding opportunity to work with command historian on special ops and unconventional warfare topics at Hurlburt AFB, FL.

9. Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA): Unique opportunity to work in one of the largest historical archives of air power related topics at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

10. Informal Programs: DFH also sponsors cadets on individualized programs with permissive TDY arrangements. The same eligibility requirements apply.

E. Additional Information. You may also compete for prestigious summer academic programs at Georgetown University, the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other programs may be available as well, including Summer Language Immersion programs in numerous foreign countries. For more details, contact your advisor in the Department of History.

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Cadet Awards:

A. Andrews Award. If you are a history major, your performance in your history courses will become a factor in computation of the winner of the Andrews Award, given to the outstanding cadet in the history major in each graduating class. This award consists of an attractive eagle and fledglings statue with an inscribed name plate as well as a library of books appropriate to your historical interests. The name of the winner is also inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

B. Bong Award. If you are a military history major, your performance in your history courses will be a factor in computation of the winner of the Bong Award, given to the outstanding cadet in military history in each graduating class. Like the Andrews Award, the Bong Award consists of an eagle and fledglings statue with an inscribed name plate as well as a library of books on military history. The name of the winner is inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

C.  Thiele Award.  If you are a history major, your performance in your history courses will become a factor in computation of the winner of the Thiele Award, presented to the Department of History’s nominee for the Graduate Studies Program in each graduating class.  This award consists of a handsome plaque and a library of books appropriate to your historical interests. The name of the winner is also inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

C. American History Award. If you are an American history major, your performance in your history courses will be a factor in computation of the winner of the American History Award, presented to the outstanding cadet in American history in each graduating class.   This award consists of a handsome plaque and a library of books on American history. The name of the winner is also inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

D. The 7th Bomb Group Award (formerly The Norstad Award). If you are an general history major, your performance in your history courses will be a factor in computation of the winner of the 7th Bomb Group Award, presented to the outstanding cadet in general  history in each graduating class.   This award consists of a handsome plaque and a library of books appropriate to your historical interests. The name of the winner is also inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

E. The Rupp Award. If you are a history major in an area track (i.e., Europe, Russia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, or Asia), your performance in your history and area courses will be a factor in computation of the 7th Bomb Group Award, presented to the outstanding cadet in Area Studies in each graduating class. This award consists of a handsome plaque and a library of books on the area of the world in which you have specialized. The name of the winner is also inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

F. Air Force Historical Foundation Award. All history papers written on air power topics are eligible to compete for the Air Force Historical Foundation Award. This award consists of a plaque and national recognition through t he resources of the Air Force Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. The Foundation presents the award annually to the best cadet paper on some aspect of the history of flight. The name of the winner is inscribed on a publicly displayed plaque in the Department of History.

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