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Welcome to Parents' Weekend 2014!
29 August - 1 September 2014
Welcome to the Air Force Academy's Parents' Weekend website!

The schedule of events for Parents' Weekend 2014 is currently being coordinated; we expect to have it published by the end of the month. Meanwhile, please feel free to review the information on this site (from Parents' Weekend 2013) -- with the exception of cadet classes, which will be replaced with Academic Department Open Houses this year, activities are similar to those that took place in 2013. On Friday, 29 August, we invite you to enjoy an Information Fair in Arnold Hall, a Cadet Wing Parade on Stillman Field, and Squadron, Athletic and Airfield Open Houses. We will host an exciting home football game on Saturday, 30 August 2014, and will bring back the popular Jacks Valley tours on Sunday this year. Please check back later this month for more information on Parents' Weekend 2014!

All cadet family members and guests may attend Parents' Weekend. There is no restriction on the number or types of guests who may participate in activities. Note that, due to space considerations, tickets for the Fourth-Class Luncheon at Mitchell Hall are initially allocated at 3 per cadet; after the intial purchase, extra tickets may be offered to cadets with more than 3 expected guests.

Cadet guests may register for Parents' Weekend via the link in the left column, which will be active in mid-July 2014. Following registration, you will receive a return email with important information on Parents' Weekend.

Please note that registration is not required, but offers you information on Parents' Weekend activities, which is also available on this website at this link.

Mitchell Hall Fourth-Class Luncheon
Don't miss your opportunity to experience lunch with your cadet at Mitchell Hall, the cadet dining facility, on Friday, 29 August! Cadets may purchase tickets for their parents and guests and provide them to you upon your arrival at USAFA - please make sure to coordinate with your cadet to ensure he/she knows how many tickets to purchase for you and your guests!

Parents' Weekend Information and Registration
Parents' Weekend information will be e-mailed to parents/guests who register via the Parents' Weekend Registration link located in the left navigation column of this page; registration will begin in mid-July. Note that registration is not required but is simply a service to provide you some important information. Information includes the Parents' Weekend handout, schedule of events, Superintendent letter and parking pass. All items may be printed at home. If you are not able to print the items or do not have access to the internet, please ask your cadet to print the documents and send them to you or provide them upon your arrival. Please make sure to coordinate your visit with your cadet.

The base is currently open to visitors so you should have no difficulty getting on base to meet your cadet. You may be asked to show either a DOD ID card or your driver's license upon entry to the base - you may also have your vehicle searched. If you have a handicapped placard from your state, please bring it with you so you can access the handicapped parking area (immediately north of Stillman Parade Field).


Security Requirements for Parents' Weekend 2014
Throughout Parents' Weekend, you may enter the base via the North Gate by showing your driver’s license or a military ID. You may also be asked to show proof of insurance and a valid vehicle registration. All vehicles entering the base are subject to inspection/search by security personnel. Guests should refrain from bringing large bags, coolers, backpacks or other items that will require additional scrutiny or searches from security personnel. If you are driving a rental car, please keep the rental agreement and current proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times. Note that seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants at all times when driving on the Academy. The parking pass identifies your vehicle as belonging to a USAFA visitor – please print the pass in color or on blue paper and place it in your driver's side dash. Remember that the pass does not get you on base – you must show a valid driver's license or military ID to enter the base. All non-DOD visitors must enter through the North Gate.

If Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) change due to world events or events closer to home, some scheduled events may change or require additional security precautions for the safety of all our guests. Any event changes will be advertised in local media and on the message boards at the base entry gates.

If you have a medical, fire or police emergency, please call 911 immediately. There are several major medical facilities in Colorado Springs to handle medical situations: Memorial Hospital Central, (719) 365-5000, Memorial Hospital North, (719) 364-5000, Penrose-St. Francis, (719) 776-5000, and St. Francis Medical Center, (719) 571-1000.

Throughout Parents' Weekend, we appreciate your vigilance to ensure the safety of our cadets and visitors. Your help in the detection and reporting of criminal activities will ensure that this year’sParents' Weekend is a success. Anyone observing suspicious behavior or activity is urged to promptly report it to USAFA Security Forces at (719) 333-2000 or 333-4100. REMEMBER, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!


Parking and Transportation
Parking for Parents' Weekend will be in the cadet lots just east of the Cadet Field House and north of Stillman Field. If these areas fill up, additional overflow parking is available west of the cadet playing fields. There is no cadet or guest parking permitted on the shoulders of the roads at any time. Parking in the Visitor Center lot is restricted to one hour parking only on Friday of Parents' Weekend. Please see cadet area map here for locations of guest parking for Parents' Weekend.

USAFA does not issue handicapped or special parking passes, so please bring your own handicapped placard in order to access the handicapped parking lot (immediately north of Stillman Parade Field). If you do not have a handicapped placard, you may speak with the parking attendant to be allowed to park in the handicapped lots. Handicapped shuttles will operate throughout the Cadet Area during Parents' Weekend – we ask that no more than one guest accompanying the handicapped individual.

Please make sure to follow all posted speed limits when driving on the base. Drivers may not use hand­held cellular phones while the vehicle is in motion. If you need to make or take a call, please use a hands-free device or pull to the side of the road. Also, be aware that radar detectors are not permitted on base. Finally, keep in mind that wildlife such as deer, elk and wild turkeys can be a hazard while driving on the Academy. Please be alert for them and drive carefully. Remember, they have the right-of-way!



Basic Cadet Training (BCT) Products Available During Parents Weekend
Cadet Wing Media offers you many different products as mementos of your cadet's journey through the USAF Academy. Here are just a few that are available during Parents' Weekend:

BCT YEARBOOK CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES: This is your opportunity to congratulate your basic cadet and express how proud you are he/she completed Basic Cadet Training at the prestigious Air Force Academy. Honor your cadet with a lifetime memory; place a congratulatory message in the Class of 2018 Basic Cadet Training Yearbook. Enter your message on-line here. Final deadline for ad submission is midnight, 15 September 2014. Each Fourth Class Cadet receives their own copy of BCT yearbook during Fall distribution.

BCT YEARBOOK AND DVD: Preorder your own keepsake, the “Class of 2018 Basic Cadet Training” yearbook and DVD. See first-hand your cadet’s entire 2018 basic training experience in this professionally produced USAFA sanctioned video. Available for purchase (preorders will be mailed) on Friday of Parents’ Weekend at the Cadet Wing Media booth. Reserve your copy now. See order form here.


Video filming will begin on Day 1, in-processing day, through 1st and 2nd Beast; DVD concludes with Acceptance Parade and shoulder-board pin-on and includes every basic during their flight’s portrait day or squadron activity film day.

BCT WARRIOR PORTRAIT: BCT photo packages are available for purchase (preorders will be mailed) on Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Parents’ Weekend Information Fair in Arnold Hall Ballroom. Portrait Order Form is here. See sample photos here and here.

FAMILY PORTRAITS: Don't miss this opportunity to have your portrait taken with your cadet in uniform on Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Parents Weekend Information Fair in the Arnold Hall Ballroom. Portrait order form is here and a sample photo is here.

KAFA 97.7 FM is USAFA's cadet-run radio station, “The Voice of USAFA." Listen online at http://www.usafa.org/KAFA.aspx, download from the USAFA apps for Android© or iPhone©, or click the “Radio” button for mobile streaming.

Questions? Contact Cadet Wing Media at (719) 333-4644 or email: cwmedia@usafa.edu.


Parents' Weekend Info Line:
(719) 333-7687 (PNTS)


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Plans, Programs, Institutional Events Contact Info:



Telephone: (719) 333-3451
DSN: 333-3451
Fax: (719) 333-4309
Fax: DSN 333-4309

Mail: 2304 Cadet Dr., Suite 3800 USAF Academy, CO
80840-5002