December 2005

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Edited by Barbara Gutierrez

Parents’ Liaison


2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 351

USAF Academy CO   80840-5002

(719) 333-3828          Toll free:  877-268-3383            Fax:  (719) 333-4094


Our cadets are preparing for finals and, most importantly, their winter vacations!



The cadets may leave after their last final on 21 December 2005 and must sign in by 7:00 pm on 4 January 2006. Your cadets know their finals schedules now, so, hopefully, they have all made their airline reservations.



Congratulations to Squadron 18 for winning the Commandant’s Challenge. It is now the holder of the Commandant’s Challenge Trophy which lists the winner each year. The Commandant’s Challenge tests the cadet wing in several broad areas.  They are Academics, Drill & Ceremonies, Field Training and the Centrifuge. 


The academic portion includes a Jeopardy-style completion between the different squadrons where they answer different knowledge questions.  It also included a comprehensive exam covering their military lessons.  The final component was computer wargaming which exposed the cadets to how the Air Force contributes in warfare. 


The second portion was Drill & Ceremonies which tested the cadets’ ability to march as a flight, perform rifle and saber manual, march in a parade, and to complete a SAMI. 


The field training portion put the cadets into Jacks Valley where they demonstrated different skills which they will be able to use on active duty. 


The Centrifuge was the culminating event for Commandant’s Challenge.  Cadets were asked to field a team of 12 cadets to accomplish three goals simultaneously.  One task was a four-by-four hundred meter relay in Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs); another task was for three people to swim one length of the cadet pool in BDUs; and the final task was to pull a weighted sled and do other physically demanding events. 


After completing each event the team had to answer some knowledge questions which gave them a combination to a lock box.  After successfully opening the box, they brought the contents to the practice football field where they put it together to make a flag.


The Commandant’s Challenge provided an opportunity for the cadet wing leadership to plan, organize and execute an ORI-like event.  It gave the cadets an opportunity to practice leadership as they build and train their teams to be the best in the cadet wing.  The event lasted two days. 



Many of the parents’ clubs host or participate in Christmas Banquets/Balls. Below are events of which I’m aware:


Alabama Holiday Ball, Dec 29, Birmingham AL.

Contact Lisa Worley, lwanchor@bellsouth.net.


Arkansas - Arkansas Military Academies Ball, Dec 27, Little Rock Air Force Base Consolidated Club. Contact Nancy Buchholtz, gabegrb@aol.com.


Arizona - All Academies Ball, Dec 30, Tempe Buttes Resort, Tempe.

Contact Barbara Hadley, azcadet@cox.net.


California – Los Angeles – All Academies Ball, 29 Dec, Omni Hotel, Los Angeles.

Contact Bill Preston, notserp@adelphia.net.


ColoradoAll Academies Ball, Dec 28, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs.

Contact dsumner@ieee.org.


Georgia - All Academies Ball, Dec 22, Renaissance Waverly Galleria Hotel, Atlanta.

Contact Mary Reed, MEREED@GAPAC.com.

Indiana – All Academies Ball, Dec 23, Ritz Charles, Carmel.

Contact James & Pam Flickinger, jpflick81@aol.com.


Massachusetts – Holly Ball, Dec 30, Seaport Hotel, Boston.

Contact Karen Harley, bmharley@aol.com.


Michigan - All Academies Ball, 30 Dec, Double Tree Hotel, Novi. Contact John Diller, jdiller107176MI@comcast.net or Dan Bell, bells5@comcast.net.


Missouri - All Academies, Dec 23, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Clayton.

Contact Susie Schulte, slschulte@msn.com.

Nebraska – All Academy Ball, Dec 30, Omaha Marriott Hotel Ballroom, Omaha.

Contact Teresa Sorensen, dsorensen@kearney.net .


Nevada – All Academies Banquet, Dec 30, The 19 th Hole at Lakeridge Golf Course, Reno. Contact Laura Austin, austinnv@charter.net.


New York - All Academy Holiday Ball ( Long Island), Dec 26, Swan Club, Roslyn.

Contact Lori Catalano, LoriCat724@aol.com .


North Carolina All Academy Ball, 27 Dec, North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh.

Contact Buddy Lebenson, BuddyL@aol.com.


OhioGreater Cincinnati All Academies Ball, Dec 23, Cincinnati Marriott, West Chester.

Contact MaryHart Vendt, resthaven@your-net.com.


Ohio –Northwest Ohio All Academies Ball, Dec 23, Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids. 

Contact Ruth Wolf, ruth.wolf@earthlink.net .


PennsylvaniaAll Academies Ball, Dec 28, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Pittsburgh.

Contact Tasia Bobish, tbobish@yahoo.com.


Texas - North Texas All Academies Ball, Dec 22, DFW Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel. Contact Cindy Vandament, cindyv829@aol.com.


Texas – South Texas All Academies Ball, Dec 26, Westin on the San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio. Contact Rachel Sanchez, raeanntony@aol.com.


TexasTexas Plains All Academies Ball, Dec 30, Midland Country Club, Midland.

Contact Anne Phillips, 432-684-4464.


Texas - South East Texas Ball, Dec 26, Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Houston.  Contact Louanne Reeves, trical@sbcglobal.net


Wisconsin - All Academies Military Ball, Dec 30.

Contact Bronwyn Glojek, glojek@hotmail.com.


HONORS LISTS (explanation)


Dean’s List. Consists of cadets who have a minimum course load and whose current SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average) is at least 3.0, excluding Physical Education grades.

Fourthclass cadets who do not successfully complete accelerated or advanced courses and who are awarded “W” or “WF” grades in those courses are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

Only grades for courses completed during the semester will count for the Dean’s List.


Commandant’s List. Consists of those cadets whose current semester military performance

average (MPA) is 3.00 or above.

 Cadets removed from probation at mid-semester who meet all other established criteria will be placed on the Commandant’s List.

 Fourth class cadets who received an Air Officer Commanding ( AOC) rating of A+ or A for basic cadet training (BCT) will be authorized to wear the Commandant’s pin for their fall academic year semester.


Athletic Director’s List. Consists of cadets whose current semester physical education average (PEA) is 3.00 or above and who meet all other established criteria.

 A cadet must pass all Physical Education Courses, the Physical Fitness Test, and the Aerobic Fitness Test to be eligible for the Athletic Director’s List.

 A cadet who is removed from probation at mid-semester who meets all other established criteria will be placed on the Athletic Director's List.


Superintendent’s List. Consists of cadets who are on the Dean’s, Commandant’s, and Athletic

Director’s Lists.


Abbreviations and Acronyms

BCT                Basic Cadet Training

CGPA             Cumulative Grade Point Average

CMPA             Cumulative Military Performance Average

COPA             Cumulative Overall Performance Average

CPEA             Cumulative Physical Education Average

SGPA             Quality Points, Semester Grade Point Average

W                    Withdrawn from the course with a grade of “W”

WF                  Withdrawn from the course with a failing grade

WP                  Withdrawn from the course with a passing grade




I’ve been asked for the job descriptions on some of our senior staff:



Manages a four-year cadet program to provide instruction, experience, leadership, and motivation designed to accomplish the assigned mission of the USAF Academy. Directs the curriculum of the USAF Academy to include all scheduled instruction in academic disciplines, military science, military training, physical education, and intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Exercises command jurisdiction over all elements of the USAF Academy, including the exercise of both General and Special Courts-Martial Authority. Controls the formulation, establishment, and execution of policies and plans to accomplish the mission. Serves as President of the Academy Board. Also included within the office of the Superintendent are the Director of Staff, Executive Officers, Aide-de-camp, Commander's Action Group, Command Chief Master Sergeant, and Executive Administrative Staff.



Responsible for command and control, staff supervision, planning and management, and overall control of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Wing and the 34 th Training Wing Organization. Responsible for administering the leadership and military training programs of the Cadet Wing, instruction in military and airmanship courses, application of the Cadet Honor Code, and supervision of activities associated with cadet life. Reviews all effectiveness reports, regulations, and operating instructions. Reviews all cadet separation actions, evaluating cadets’ acceptability for other officer training. Chairs the Military Review Committee, Cadet Financial Advisory Group, and Cadet Isolated Unit Fund NAF Council. Serves as a member on the AFA Athletic Association Advisory Committee, and Cadet Awards Council. Coordinates with the offices of the Superintendent, Dean of the Faculty, and 10 th Air Base Wing command-related matters. Provides administrative support. Manages the Self-Inspection Program. Provides guidance to all Cadet Wing activities regarding the preparation of office forms and publications. Monitors the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act Programs for the 34 th Training Wing. Manages all suspense's and provides quality control for all OPRs, EPRs, and Awards and Decorations submissions. Edits, manages, reviews, and distributes all 34 th Training Wing Operating Instructions (34 TRW OI).



Directs the Academy academic program through the operation of 19 academic departments and five academic support activities. Acts within the policies prescribed by the Superintendent and in consultation with department heads. Establishes academic policies and directs faculty administration and personnel policies. Presides at curriculum committee and faculty council meetings. Responsible for coordination and implementation of all academic curriculum changes. Coordinates and oversees institutional and programmatic accreditation. Manages the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and Investment funds and consolidates budget submissions for DF. Serves as liaison between DF and USAFA personnel relating to planning, acquisition, and management of resources.





The Graduation Announcements are produced by CB Graduation Announcements. They send Announcement Order Packets to the cadets in early to mid-November. They send Announcement Order Packets to the parents in late November - early December so they may discuss them with their cadets over the holiday break. The announcements are already available on the CB Graduation Announcement Website: www.cbgrad.com .


Here are the steps to reach the Air Force Academy announcements:

(1) Go to www.cbgrad.com.

(2) When it asks for state, choose " Colorado".

(3) When it asks for school, choose "Air Force Academy".

(4) When it asks for ceremony month, choose "February thru June (Spring)".

(5) Click on the "Continue>>" button.

(6) When the Air Force Academy Announcement Page comes up, click on the

button that reads "Click Here to Order".


Questions? Contact Marty Marcolongo, USAF Academy Association of Graduates Director, Constituent Liaison, (719) 472-0300, x146 or email: Marty.Marcolongo@aogusafa.org.




The Night Before Christmas – United States Air Force Style (author unknown)

'Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,

Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.

The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care,

In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.


The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,

With gusts from two-four-zero at 39 knots.

I slumped at the Command Post, now finally caught up,

And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,

I turned up the PRC-113 to see what was the matter.

A voice clearly heard over static and snow,

Called for clearance to land at the airbase below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,

I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick."

I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,

The better to welcome this magical flight.


He called his position, no room for denial,

"St. Nicholas One, gear down, left onto final."

And what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!


With vectors to final down the glideslope he came,

As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:

"Now Naab! Now Derby! Now Slugger and Baakin!

On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?

While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their head,

They phoned up to Ops, and I heard it with dread,

The message they left was both urgent and dour:

"When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower."


He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,

Then I heard, "Left at Charlie" and "Taxi to parking."

He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh

And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..."


He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,

I ran out to meet him with an old set of AAF chocks.

His red flight cap and goggles were covered with frost

And his beard was all blackened from reindeer exhaust.


His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,

And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.

His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,

His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,

And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."

He went dashing in from the snow-covered pump,

I knew he was anxious for “drainin' the sump.”


I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,

And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.

He came out of the head, and sighed in relief,

Then he picked up a DSN for a Shaw Wx brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,

These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.

He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,

Then he put on his flight cap, notched it, and yelled, "Clear!"

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,

He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.

"Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,

Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion"


He sped down the runway, the best of the best,

"Your traffic's a Herk, inbound from the west."

Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed thru the night,

"Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight."


HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Barbara Gutierrez