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Welcome to Parents' Weekend 2015!
2-7 September 2015
Welcome to the Air Force Academy's Parents' Weekend website! Here you'll find all the event details and other useful information for parents and visitors. Click here for the 2015 Parents' Weekend brochure and here for the Parents' Weekend Schedule of Events.

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 2 per cadet; after the initial purchase, extra tickets may be offered to cadets with more than 2 expected guests.

Cadet guests may register for Parents' Weekend via the link in the left column, which will be active in mid-July 2015. 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.

Fourth-Class Cadet Parent Orientation
New This Year!! On Thursday, 3 September 2015, at 4:30 in Arnold Hall Theater, don't miss an exciting opportunity to get to know the USAFA senior staff and hear all about the latest innovations at the Academy. You will get an overview of USAFA programs from senior staff, including the Superintendent, Lt Gen Michelle Johnson; Commandant of Cadets, Brig Gen Stephen Williams; Dean of the Faculty, Brig Gen Andy Armacost; Athletic Director, Mr. James Knowlton; and Admissions Director, Col Carolyn Benyshek. Q&A session will follow presentations.
Mitchell Hall Fourth-Class Luncheon
Experience lunch with your cadet at Mitchell Hall, the cadet dining facility, on Friday, 4 September from 12:00-1:00 p.m.! This meal is mandatory for all Fourth-Class cadets. As there is limited seating, cadets may purchase up to two tickets for their guests in Aug 2015.  Once all requested tickets have been distributed to the squadrons, Mitchell Hall will make any remaining tickets available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to coordinate with your cadet so he/she knows how many tickets to purchase for you! Lunch is also available at various other venues around the Cadet Area, including the Visitor Center, Arnold Hall and the Field House. For upper class cadets and their guests, each cadet squadron will host a noon BBQ in the cadet area.

Parents' Weekend Home Football Game
Don't miss purchasing your tickets to see the season-opening Falcons Football Game in Falcon Stadium on Saturday, 5 September! You may call the USAFA Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 666-8723 or (719) 472-1895 or purchase tickets on line at Click on "Football Ticket Options" then click on the icon for the 5 September football game. Click on "Promo Codes" and type in your cadet's class year to go to the ticket selection screen. At the top right side of the screen you will then click on "Find Tickets" next to "Morgan State."

Remember that cadets do not need to purchase tickets but must attend the game, and must sit with the Cadet Wing (in sections L19-L21 and M19-M21 on the east side of the stands). Cadets are released after the Air Force Song to join their adult guests for the holiday weekend.

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 2015. Note that registration is not required but is simply a service to provide you some important information. Information includes the Parents' Weekend brochure, 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.

Security Requirements for Parents' Weekend 2015
The base is open to visitors daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via the North Gate. On Friday of Parents Weekend, the North Gate will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 10:30 p.m. You may be asked to show a DOD ID card or your driver's license upon entry to the base. Also have available your proof of insurance and a valid vehicle registration or rental car agreement. 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. 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 and place it in your driver's side dash. Remember that the pass does not get you on base – you must show valid identification to enter the base. All non-DOD visitors must enter through the North Gate. 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).

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. Please note there is no emergency room on USAFA.

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’s Parents' 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 parking lots east of the Cadet Field House and north of Stillman Field. Overflow parking is available in the reservoir lot just east of the cadet parking areas. There is no cadet or parent parking permitted on the shoulders of the roads at any time. 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!

Cadet Wing Media Offers Basic Cadet Training (BCT) Products 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 2019 Basic Cadet Training Yearbook. Enter your message on-line here. Final deadline for ad submission is midnight, 15 September 2015. 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 2019 Basic Cadet Training” yearbook and DVD. See first-hand your cadet’s entire 2019 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 begins 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. A sample photo is here.

Contact Cadet Wing Media by calling (719) 333-4644, sending an email to or writing to 10 FSS/FSLAM, P.O. Box 6066, USAFA CO 80841-6066. Visit their web page at

KAFA 97.7 FM is USAFA's cadet-run radio station, “The Voice of USAFA." Listen online at, download from the USAFA apps for Android© or iPhone©, or click the “Radio” button for mobile streaming. Tune in on 4 September for the latest updates on Parents' Weekend activities.

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

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

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