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Welcome Parents and Guests

Parents’ Weekend 2017

Schedule of Events
The schedule of events is tentative. Some times and venues may change due to security, weather or other circumstances. Any changes to the schedule will be reflected on this page. (last updated August 29, 2017)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Catholic Mass
location: Cadet Chapel    attendance: cadets and their guests are welcome to attend
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Parents Club Presidents Reception
location: Carlton House    attendance: by invitation only
The reception is hosted by the Superintendent for Parents’ Club Presidents.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
6 a.m.-6:20 a.m. Catholic Mass
location: Cadet Chapel    attendance: cadets and their guests are welcome to attend
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Parents’ Club Presidents Conference
location: Doolittle Hall    attendance: by invitation only
The conference offers Parents’ Club presidents information and briefings from academy organizations and senior staff.
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Cadet Parent Forum with Senior Leaders
location: Arnold Hall Theater    attendance: no cadets, all cadet guests welcome
The forum is an opportunity for new and returning cadet parents to receive an overview of Academy programs from senior staff, including the new Superintendent, new Commandant of Cadets, Dean of the Faculty, Athletic Director, and the 306th Flying Training Group Commander. A Q&A session will follow presentations. Arrive at 4 p.m. to enjoy musical talents of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band.
6:20 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Buddhist Meditation
location: Cadet Chapel    attendance: cadets and their guests are welcome to attend
Friday, September 1, 2017
6 a.m.-8 a.m. Cadet Breakfast
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: optional for cadets; no guests
8:20 a.m.-8:50 a.m. Cadet Aviation Capabilities Exercise (CAPEX) & Pre-Parade Demonstrations
location: Stillman Field    attendance: all guests are welcome to attend
Watch the USAFA Wings of Blue parachute team, your national champion glider team and U.S. Air Force Academy powered flight aircraft as they demonstrate the various cadet-led aviation and leadership programs offered during their four years at the Academy. Note: Water will be provided during the exercise and cadet wing parade. Only empty containers for water will be allowed in to the parade field.
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Cadet Wing Parade
location: Stillman Field    attendance: mandatory for all cadets, all guests are welcome to attend
Meet with your cadet on the parade field, following the parade, to be escorted into the Cadet Area.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parents’ Weekend Information Fair
location: Arnold Hall Ballroom    attendance: cadets and their guests
The Info Fair offers invaluable information and giveaways from many Academy 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 Richter Lounge and food trucks outside Arnold Hall. The BCT video will play in Arnold Hall Theater throughout the day. Do not miss this popular event! Arnold Hall will be open to visitors 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Academic Open Houses
location: Fairchild Hall    attendance: 3rd and 4th class cadets and their guests
Visit our academic building and talk to faculty about our majors. Sessions include demonstrations and an opportunity to meet your cadet’s faculty.
Welcome Briefings by the Dean, Vice Dean, and Senior Associate Dean for 4th class cadets and their guests. Cadet Squadrons 1-13 in F1 at 10:15 a.m., CS 14-18 in H1 at 10:15 a.m., CS 19-20 in H2 at 10:15 a.m., CS 21-33 in F1 at 11:30 a.m., CS 34-38 in H1 at 11:30 a.m., CS 39-40 in H2 at 11:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Squadron Open Houses
location: Vandenberg and Sijan Hall    attendance: 1st and 2nd class cadets and their guests
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit your cadet’s dormitory and meet his/ her Air Officer Commander, Academy Military Training and squadron leadership.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Airfield Open Houses
location: Academy Airfield    attendance: cadets and their guests
Come view static displays of Academy aircraft and parachuting equipment, and visit with the staff of the 306th Flying Training Group. If driving, cadets or DoD ID cardholders must escort their guests to the airfield. Guests may take shuttles departing from the Fairchild Hall bus stop at 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./12:30 p.m./1:30 p.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. and returning 12 p.m./1 p.m./2 p.m./3 p.m./4 p.m./5 p.m.
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Fourth-Class Luncheon
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: mandatory for fourth-class cadets, guests are welcome
Cadets must purchase guest tickets in advance through their squadrons. Tickets are $5.55 each.
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Squadron Picnics
location: various locations    attendance: upper-class cadets and their guests
12 p.m.-1:30p.m. Islamic Worship Service
location: Cadet Chapel    attendance: cadets and their guests are welcome to attend
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Academic Department Open Houses
location: Fairchild Hall    attendance: 1st and 2nd class cadets and their guests
Visit our academic building and the various academic departments. Open houses include demonstrations and an opportunity to meet your cadet’s faculty. Also, learn about career paths across the Air Force.
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Squadron Open Houses
location: Vandenberg and Sijan Hall    attendance: 3rd and 4th class cadets and their guests
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit your cadet’s dormitory and meet his/ her squadron leadership.
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Athletics Open House
location: Cadet Gymnasium, Cadet Field House, Hall of Excellence    attendance: cadets and their guests
Lt Col Anderson welcomes parents in the Boxing Room (Cadet Gym) with opening remarks at 3 p.m. Immediately following remarks, Phys. Ed. faculty will offer guided tours departing every 15 minutes starting at 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. Cadets Dismissed
Cadets may leave the Academy with their adult guests at 4:30 p.m. or after LMD, whichever is later. Cadets must attend accountability formation Saturday morning.
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Dinner Buffet
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: Open to cadets and their guests
Guest may purchase tickets from cashier. Tickets are $4.85 each.
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Jewish Shabbat Service
location: Cadet Chapel    attendance: cadets and their guests are welcome to attend
Saturday, September 2, 2017
7 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: open to cadets and their visitors
Guest may purchase tickets from cashier. Tickets are $3.45 each.
8:30 a.m. Squadron Accountability Formation
location: Falcon Stadium    attendance: second, third and fourth-class cadets
All second, third and fourth-class cadets report to squadron accountability formations at the stadium. Note: to avoid inbound game day traffic, please drop your cadet off in the cadet academic area in time to be transported to Falcon Stadium. If you decide to drop off your cadet at the stadium you may not be able to leave until after the game begins.
9:30 a.m. Squadron Accountability Formation
location: Falcon Stadium    attendance: first-class cadets
All first-class cadets report to squadron accountability formations at the stadium. Note: to avoid inbound game day traffic, please drop your cadet off in the cadet academic area in time to be transported to Falcon Stadium. If you decide to drop off your cadet at the stadium you may not be able to leave until after the game begins.
9:30 a.m. Intercollegiate Athlete’s Parents’ Tailgate
location: Falcon Alley at Falcon Stadium    attendance: open to intercollegiate athletes’ guests only
12:05 p.m. Home Football Game vs. Virginia Military Institute
location: Falcon Stadium    attendance: open to the public
For tickets, purchase online from the Athletic Ticket Office or call (800) 666-8723 or (719) 472-1895. Cadets are required to attend the game but must sit with the cadet wing; they do not need to purchase tickets. Cadets may meet their guests and depart Falcon Stadium after the third verse of the Air Force Song at the conclusion of the game; cadets must sign in by Monday at 7:50 p.m. (11 p.m. for first-class cadets)
Sunday, September 3, 2017
7 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: open to cadets and their visitors
Guests may purchase tickets from cashier. Tickets are $3.45 each.
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Chapel Services
location: Cadet Chapel    attendance: cadets and guests are welcome to attend
Orthodox Christian Service at 9 a.m.; Catholic Mass at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.;
Protestant Service at 11 a.m.; Buddhist Meditation at 10 a.m. For more
information, please call (719) 333-2636.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jacks Valley Orientation Tour
location: field house parking lot    attendance: cadets must escort their guests
Shuttle buses will run from the field house parking lots every 15 minutes. The last bus departs for Jack’s Valley at 1:30 p.m. and the last bus returns to the parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Note: Jack’s Valley is an outdoor training facility. Tour participants should expect to do a lot of walking.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch Buffet
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: cadets and their guests
Guest may purchase tickets from cashier. Tickets are $5.55 each.
Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017
7 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: open to cadets and their guests
Guest may purchase tickets from cashier. Tickets are $3.45 each.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch Buffet
location: Mitchell Hall    attendance: open to cadets and their guests
Guest may purchase tickets from cashier. Tickets are $5.55 each.
7:50 p.m. Cadet Sign In
Second, third and fourth-class cadets must sign in.
11 p.m. Cadet Sign In
First-class cadets must sign in.
Parents’ Weekend Contact Info

e-mail: parents.weekend@usafa.edu
phone: (719) 333-3828
toll free: (877) 268-3383