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USAFA Parents' Weekend 2014
28 August - 1 September 2014


Parents' Weekend information will be e-mailed to parents/guests who register on the Parents' Weekend Registration site via link located in the left hand column of this page (available end of July 2014). Information includes the Parents' Weekend brochure, schedule of events, Superintendent welcome letter and parking pass. All items may be printed at home. If you are not able to print the items, please ask your cadet to print the documents and send them to you or provide them upon your arrival. All documents may also be downloaded from this website here. Please make sure to coordinate your visit with your cadet, as he/she may need to pick up tickets for various events.

Shuttle buses will operate from visitor parking lots on Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., transporting guests to and from the various events within the Cadet Area. Guests are also welcome to walk from the parking areas. Buses will stop at designated bus stops (identified by signs and benches). No shuttles will run during the weekend.  If you have a handicapped placard from your state, please bring it with you so you can access the handicapped parking area.

Please note that the schedule may change as we plan for Parents' Weekend 2014. Make sure to check back here to get the latest updates. Click here for the Parents' Weekend 2014 Schedule of Events and here for the Parents' Weekend brochure.


Thursday, 28 August 2014
Time Event Location
7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Parents Club Presidents Conference
By invitation to Parents' Club presidents offering information and briefings from USAFA organizations and Senior Staff.  
Doolittle Hall
Friday, 29 August 2014
Time Event Location
6:00–8:00 a.m.
Breakfast.
Mandatory for Third- and Fourth-Class cadets. No guests.
Mitchell Hall
8:20-9:00 a.m. Cadet Aviation Capabilities Exercise (CAPEX) and Pre-Parade Demonstrations.
Watch the USAFA Wings of Blue parachute team, your National Champion glider team and Air Force Academy powered flight aircraft as they demonstrate the various cadet-led aviation and leadership programs that are offered to your cadets during their four years at USAFA.
Stillman Parade Field
9:00–10:00 a.m.
Cadet Wing Parade.
MANDATORY FOR ALL CADETS. At the parade, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award will be presented. Cadets will be released on the field to meet their guests.
Stillman Parade Field
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Parents' Weekend Information Fair.
Arnold Hall will open at 8:00 a.m. and the Info Fair will open at 10:00 a.m. The Info Fair offers invaluable information and giveaways from many USAFA and cadet organizations. Purchase BCT videos and cadet "Warrior" photos and preorder your BCT yearbook. Stop by to have a photo taken with your cadet; portrait sittings are free! Lunch will be available in the Richter Lounge. The BCT video will play in the theater throughout the day. Don't miss this popular event!
Arnold Hall Ballroom
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Basic Cadet Training Video.
Plays continuously in theater. Watch the basic cadets as they learn to become Fourth-Class cadets during Basic Training 2014. After you see this video, go to the Cadet Wing Media booth to purchase your own copy!
Arnold Hall Theater
10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Academic Majors Fair and Presentations.
For 3rd & 4th Class cadets and guests. Visit our Academic Building and talk to faculty about majors. Sessions include demonstrations, refreshments and an opportunity to meet your cadet's faculty. A complete schedule of activities will be published on the USAFA website in July.
Fairchild Hall
10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Squadron Open Houses.
For 1st and 2nd Class cadets and guests. Don't miss this opportunity to visit your cadet's dormitory and meet his/her Squadron leadership.
Sijan and Vandenberg Halls
10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Air Warfare Lab (AWL) Open House.
Tour the AWL and watch an air power lesson unfold in a demonstration of USAFA's flight simulators.
Fairchild Hall, Rm 2H28
10:30–11:15 a.m. Vital Effective Character Through Observation and Reflection (VECTOR) Program Orientation.
A parent orientation to the cadet character seminar VECTOR (Vital Effective Character Through Observation and Reflection), which all cadets will take during their freshman year at USAFA. Parents may attend either morning or afternoon session.
Arnold Hall Banquet Room
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Lunch Available.
Upper-class cadets and their guests may eat lunch at various locations including Squadron picnics, Arnold Hall or the Visitor Center.
Field House, Visitor Center, Arnold Hall
12:15–1:15 p.m.
Fourth-Class Luncheon.
MANDATORY FOR ALL FOURTH-CLASS CADETS. 4th-Class Cadets may purchase up to 3 guest tickets at a cost of $4.65 each from 18-21 Aug 14. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 0700 on Mon, 25 Aug 14 on the Mitchell Hall Staff Tower. Cadets do not require tickets.
Mitchell Hall
12:30-1:30 p.m. Islamic Prayer Service. Cadet Chapel
1:00–3:00 p.m. Athletics Open House.
Come visit the Cadet Field House, Hall of Excellence at the Falcon Athletic Center and the Cadet Gymnasium and meet the Athletics staff and learn all about the many athletics programs available at USAFA!
Field House, Cadet Gym, Falcon Athletic Center
1:00–3:00 p.m. Academic Department Open Houses & Air Force Career Path Information.
For 1st and 2nd Class cadets and guests. Visit our Academic Building and the various Academic Departments. Open houses include demonstrations, refreshments and an opportunity to meet your cadet's faculty. Also, learn about career paths across the Air Force. A complete schedule of activities will be published on the USAFA website in July.
Fairchild Hall
1:00–3:00 p.m. Squadron Open House.
For 3rd and 4th Class cadets and guests. Don't miss this opportunity to visit your cadet's dormitory and meet his/her Squadron leadership.
Vandenberg and Sijan Halls
1:00–6:00 p.m.
USAFA Airfield Open House.
Guests must be escorted by their cadet. Come view static displays of USAFA aircraft and parachuting equipment and visit with the staff of the 306th Flying Training Group.
USAFA Airfield
1:30–2:15 p.m. Cadet Performance Showcase.
Come to the Information Fair, pick up some lunch, then stick around to watch performances from the Cadet Show Choir, Cadet Orchestra, Saber Drill Team and the Cadet Chorale.
Arnold Hall Ballroom Stage
1:30–2:15 a.m. Vital Effective Character Through Observation and Reflection (VECTOR) Program Orientation.
A parent orientation to the cadet character seminar VECTOR (Vital Effective Character Through Observation and Reflection), which all cadets will take during their freshman year at USAFA. Parents may attend either morning or afternoon session.
Arnold Hall Banquet Room
2:30–3:15 p.m. Academic Advising and First-Year Programs Informational Session.
Learn about academic advising and other first-year programs that support our new 4-degree cadets as they transition to the rigorous academic environment of USAFA.
Arnold Hall Banquet Room
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner Buffet.
Open to cadets and their visitors. Guests may pay cashier ($4.65 ea).
Mitchell Hall
7:00-9:30 p.m. Jewish Shabbat Service. Cadet Chapel
8:00 – 10:00 p.m USAFA Observatory Open House.
Open to cadets and their visitors. The USAFA Physics and Astronomy Club invites you to view the night sky through our 24" telescope! Tour the facility, see images taken on our telescope, use it to explore your universe first hand (weather permitting) and hear some of the incredible history and lore behind the constellations that can be seen from our vantage point, 7,258 feet above sea level! (Note: a special van will assist guests getting to and from the parking areas and the observatory)
Observatory, East of Fairchild Hall
CADETS MAY LEAVE USAFA WITH THEIR ADULT GUESTS AFTER LAST MILITARY DUTY; REPORT TO ACCOUNTABILITY FORMATIONS ON SATURDAY MORNING  
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Time Event Location
7:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet.
Open to cadets and their guests. Guests may pay cashier ($2.55 ea).
Mitchell Hall
9:30 a.m. All Second-, Third- and Fourth-Class cadets report to accountability formation (First-Class cadets report at 10:30 a.m.) Falcon Stadium
12:00–4:00 p.m.
USAFA Home Football Game vs. Nicholls State University.
For tickets, call the USAFA Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 666-8723 or (719) 472-1895 or purchase tickets on line at http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/tickets/afa-tickets.html. Cadets do not need to purchase tickets, must attend the game, and sit with the Cadet Wing.
Falcon Stadium
4:00 p.m. Cadets may depart Falcon Stadium after the third verse of the Air Force Song at the conclusion of the football game. They are released to spend the rest of the weekend with their adult guests and must sign in by Monday, 7:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. for Firsties)
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Time Event Location
7:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet.
Open to cadets and their guests. Guests may pay cashier ($2.55 ea).
Mitchell Hall
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Worship Services:
Protestant Services at 0930 and 1100
Catholic Services at 0800, 1000 and 1200
Buddhist Service at 1000
Cadet Chapell
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Jacks Valley (JV) Orientation Tour.
The Jacks Valley orientation tour from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. offers you the opportunity to visit the site of the Basic Cadet Training (BCT) field training exercises. Your cadet must escort you during this tour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring clear, unopened water bottles. No privately owned vehicles are allowed in Jacks Valley. Buses will depart for Jacks Valley from the Cadet Field House parking lot every 15 minutes, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The last bus will depart for Jacks Valley at 1:30 p.m., and the last bus will depart Jacks Valley at 2:30 p.m.
Jacks Valley
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lunch Buffet.
Open to cadets and their guests. Guests may pay cashier ($4.65 ea).
Mitchell Hall
Monday, 1 September 2014
Time Event Location
7:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet.
Open to cadets and their guests. Guests may pay cashier ($2.55 ea).
Mitchell Hall
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet.
Open to cadets and their guests. Guests may pay cashier ($4.65 ea).
Mitchell Hall
7:00 p.m.
ALL LOWER-CLASS CADETS MUST SIGN IN
11:00 p.m.
FIRST-CLASS CADETS MUST SIGN IN

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