FALCON FAMILY NEWS

November 2005

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Edited by Barbara Gutierrez

Parents’ Liaison

HQ USAFA/CMA

2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 351

USAF Academy CO   80840-5002

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

GREETINGS

We’re easing into the holiday season and I’m sure our cadets are looking forward to some well-deserved time off and quality time with their families and friends.

 

CADETS OBSERVE HISTORICAL EVENT

On 3 November 2005, the cadets had the honor of witnessing the swearing in of the new Secretary of the Air Force, The Honorable Michael W. Wynne, during the noon meal at Mitchell Hall.  Mr. Wynne was sworn in by the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, The Honorable Pete Geren.  Mr. Wynne’s father is a retired Air Force officer and his brother was a 1963 Air Force Academy graduate who now rests in the Academy’s cemetery.  After the swearing in, Mr. Wynne ate lunch with cadets from Squadron 33.

 

CADETS, INSTANT MESSAGING & ACCESS TO THE WWW

USAFA recognizes the network requirements of the operational Air Force are different from those of the academic Air Force.  While the academy is primarily an Air Force base, it must accommodate the unique needs of faculty and cadets including:  allowing network access to foreign cadets and researchers, using cadet-owned computers on a military network and accommodating cadet personal needs while living here.  In order to provide a more secure operational network with the necessary academic flexibility, our chief information officer (CIO) has been assigned the task of determining the best way ahead.  This task requires the consolidating & validating network requirements, base-lining against military and private academic institutions, analyzing alternatives for cost, security and operational implications and ultimately making a recommendation for the superintendent’s approval.  This effort is currently in the requirements phase with a decision brief scheduled before the end of the year.

 

CADET WING MEDIA

The following are the Cadet Wing Media products and delivery dates.  All prices include shipping charges. They also have many products from previous years for sale.  Orders cannot be taken via phone or e-mail, but if you have questions please contact Ms. Rocio Hunt (719-333-4644). 

 

- 2005 Graduation DVD                  $65.00         mailed on 20 Oct 05

- 2005 BCT DVD                             $45.00         mostly picked up Parents’ Weekend (Fri)

- 2005 Polaris Yearbook                   $70.00         end of 2005 (Nov/Dec)

- 2005 BCT Yearbook                      $17.00         Thanksgiving Holidays

 

COMMANDANT’S CHALLENGE

 

MISSION:

            Provide the cadet wing a challenging and motivating experience through a meaningful sequence of events, ensuring they have the discipline, physical stamina, skills and knowledge required of members of the cadet wing and the Air Force. 

            Provide training on active duty Air Force core tasks and skills and an evaluation program modeled after active duty Operation Readiness Inspections (ORI).  This will provide all cadets with experience in ORI format and procedures, preparing them for what they will encounter as second lieutenants. 

            Provide wing leadership the opportunity to assess squadron training, plans and execution. 

            Establish first-class cadets as active leaders in the training. 

            Develop the warrior spirit in all cadets while evoking pride and mutual respect.

 

EXECUTION:

            Commandant’s Intent.  To accomplish this mission, we will execute a series of training and evaluation events designed to be mentally and physically challenging and culminating with an ORI type out-brief to mark the completion of the exercise.  The cadet wing will be led by the Class of 2006 in a traditional Air Force training environment for the preparation and execution of Commandant’s Challenge.

            Concept of Operations.  Training events conducted over the semester will culminate in an evaluation of the cadets’ preparation over a 3-day period from 20–22 Nov 2005. 

 

CLASS OF 2008 NAMES CLASS EXEMPLAR

The Class of 2008 has chosen 1Lt Karl Richter, USAFA Class of ’64, as their exemplar.  Arnie’s Lounge (in Arnold Hall) has been renamed Richter Lounge in his honor.

 

PINNACLE

The dates for Pinnacle are 21-23 April and 28-30 April.  It spans two consecutive weekends. 

 

PARENTS’ WEEKEND 2006

The big question – will there be a home game for Parents’ Weekend 2006???

Nothing has been determined for the 2006 football season yet and the schedule won't be out until sometime in February or early March.  We’ll keep you posted!

 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

 

                                                                                    Barbara Gutierrez