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Cadet Chapel

The Cadet Chapel is both the most recognizable building at the United States Air Force Academy and the most visited man-made tourist attraction in Colorado. This aluminum, glass and steel structure features 17 spires that shoot 150 feet into the sky. It is considered among the most beautiful examples of modern American academic architecture.

The Cadet Chapel serves as an all-faith center of worship for cadets and includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapels, an All-Faiths Room and Falcon Circle, each with its own entrance. The Chapel is capable of holding services in all rooms at one time.

In addition to the main office in Sijan Hall, chaplains and chaplain assistants are also assigned to each of the four cadet groups with offices in those respective groups within the two dormitories. Chaplains provide all cadets with daily opportunities for worship, regular visitation within the cadet-training areas and are available to provide confidential counseling and mentorship.

Special Programs in Religious Education

Home to a variety of faith communities, the Cadet Chapel also hosts Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE), the largest religious education program within the Air Force. Currently SPIRE hosts 14 groups from seven distinct faith backgrounds. Led by qualified and gifted instructors, SPIRE groups meet weekly in a casual environment to focus on spiritual formation and character development. These groups also offer times of worship, community building activities, spiritual retreats and mentorship.

Cadet Inter-Faith Council

The Cadet Inter-Faith Council (CIFC) is comprised of cadet representatives from different faith backgrounds who focus on religious education and discussion across the Cadet Wing. Their mission is to build trust, respect and community through cadets of different faiths and beliefs to ensure the religious needs of Academy cadets are accommodated to the fullest extent possible. Currently, the CIFC is made up of 16 cadets from nine religions, who provide interfaith opportunities and help educate and model religious respect.

Weddings

The following persons are eligible to be married in the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel:

  • Graduates of the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Active duty personnel currently assigned to the United States Air Force Academy and active duty Air Force personnel stationed in the local area to include Buckley Air Force Base, CO.
  • Dependents of active duty personnel currently assigned to the USAFA who hold a valid military dependent ID card on the day of the wedding.
  • Purple Heart recipients and Silver Star recipients and above. ID card holding dependents of service members killed in action.

For more information and questions, please contact Pete Peterson at 719-333-4515.

Faith Communities

United States Air Force Academy cadets are truly a diverse group of future leaders – young men and women from different family backgrounds, states and countries, ethnic groups and a variety of religious faiths and beliefs.

Supported by the Air Force Chaplain Corps, cadets come to thrive in this setting and live out the enduring values of respect, magnanimity and human dignity for all. Whether exercising their own freedom of religion or learning to ensure the same freedoms for those they will lead in the Air Force, cadets have a robust group of faith communities to help them grow.

All service times are subject to change, please contact (719) 333-2636 to verify service times for your visit.

Jewish High Holiday Schedule
September 20 6:30 p.m. First Night Rosh HaShana Service followed by dinner
September 21 9 a.m. First Day Rosh HaShana Service followed by lunch
  6:30 p.m. Second Night Rosh HaShana Service followed by dinner
September 22 9 a.m. Second Day Rosh HaShana Service followed by lunch
September 29 5:30 p.m. Yom Kipper pre-fast meal/ Kol Nidre Service
September 30 9 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service
  6 p.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Service followed by Break-Fast
October 4 6:30 p.m. Sukkot Eve Service followed by dinner (inside cadet area)
October 5 6:30 p.m. Sukkot Eve Service followed by dinner (inside cadet area)

All services are in the Cadet Jewish Chapel unless otherwise stated.
Contact Chaplain Bram for more info (719) 333-2636 michael.bram@usafa.edu

  • Buddhist
    Details and Service Times

    The United States Air Force Academy Buddhist community is led by a Sensei in the Zen tradition and welcomes all forms of Buddhism as well as those interested in learning more about Buddhist meditation and teachings. In addition to weekly meditation, cadets may participate in:

    • Special observances
    • Retreats
    • Visits to Buddhist centers

    The Academy’s Buddhist community also offers Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE) every Monday.

    Chapel Service Times:
    Meditation days and times are changing. Please call the Cadet Chaplain at (719) 333-2636 for current information.
    Sensei, Andrew Palmer

  • Earth Centered
    Details

    Our Earth-Centered Spirituality (ECS) community provides cadet support and spiritual education. Through introduction to the larger ECS community, U.S. Air Force Academy cadets also have opportunities to connect with others who share their spiritual pursuits. They may participate in:

    • Community retreats
    • Celebrations
    • Sacred observances

    Cadets are also often called to create and lead sacred rituals, fostering an environment of collaboration and leadership.

    For more information, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.

  • Hindu
    Details

    For United States Air Force Academy cadets of Hindu faiths, opportunities to worship are available in the local Colorado Springs area. A Hindu point of contact exists for cadets to connect with for spiritual growth.

    For information about the local Hindu spiritual contact and community, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.

  • Islam
    Details and Service Times

    The Islamic community at the United States Air Force Academy provides cadets the opportunity to worship as well as receive religious education and spiritual support. Cadets may participate in daily prayers, religious education and Friday worship services. We also offer:

    • Quran and Hadith study
    • Ramadan services/meals
    • Eid/Holydays celebrations
    • Retreats
    • Islamic counseling
    • An environment to foster partnership, character and leadership

    Chapel Service Times: 

    Type of Service Day Time Location
    Jum’ah Friday 12:30 p.m. Cadet Chapel (All Faiths Room)

    Chaplain, Maj. Walid Habash

  • Jewish
    Details and Service Times

    At the United States Air Force Academy, we offer cadets a unique experience that attempts to connect with community and encounter the holy through the prism and practice of the Jewish religion. The Jewish community provides regular opportunities for access to the soulful and communal aspects of life by nourishing the heart, mind, body and spirit. Our initiatives include, but are not limited to:

    • Weekly study of sacred texts
    • Festive meals accompanying the celebration of Sabbath and Jewish holidays
    • Retreats
    • Weekend programs with other service academies
    • Rabbinical counseling

    Chapel Service Times:

    Type of Service Day Time Location
    Torah Study Friday 6:30 p.m. Cadet Chapel
    (Jewish Chapel)
    Shabbat Eve Service Friday 7 p.m. Cadet Chapel
    (Jewish Chapel)
    Kiddush/Dinner Friday 8 p.m. Cadet Chapel
    (Jewish Chapel)

    Chaplain, Maj. Michael Bram

  • Latter-day Saints (LDS)
    Details

    The United States Air Force Academy’s Latter-day Saints (LDS) community is an active and growing organization. Led by LDS Elder Lee and Sister Khris Lee, cadets have the opportunity to participate in Sunday services in the local wards and attend rejuvenating retreats. In addition, cadets can join the LDS choir and religious education within Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE) is offered every Monday evening.

    For more information, please contact Elder Mike Lee at (719) 333-2636.

  • Orthodox Christian
    Details

    For United States Air Force Academy cadets of Orthodox faiths, opportunities to worship are available at an Orthodox church in the local Colorado Springs area. During Basic Cadet Training (BCT), an Orthodox priest is present to lead services for cadets and provide religious education. The Academy’s Orthodox community also offers Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE) every Monday.

    Type of Service Day Time Location
    Orthodox Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Cadet Chapel (All Faiths Room)

    Chaplain, Capt Matthew Streett

  • Protestant
    Details and Service Times

    The Protestant community at the United States Air Force Academy is home to a vibrant group of cadets that offers worship services (traditional and contemporary), community building, retreats, pastoral care and religious education. Protestant chaplains are always available to provide prayer, counseling and encouragement to cadets.

    Inspired by uplifting messages, cadet-led worship and small group activities, our cadets grow in faith and commitment as they prepare to be future leaders in our Air Force and the nation. They can also assist with planning some of our retreats, and may serve as:

    • Worship leaders (choir and praise team)
    • Ushers
    • Readers
    • Members of a leadership council

    Chapel Service Times:

    Type of Service  Day  Time  Location
    Traditional
    Worship Service
    Sunday 9:30 a.m. Cadet Chapel (Protestant Chapel)
    Contemporary
    Worship Service
    Sunday 11 a.m. Cadet Chapel (Protestant Chapel)

    *On Holiday Weekends there will only be a Protestant Service at 9:30 A.M.
    Chaplain, Capt. Quentin Genke

  • Roman Catholic
    Details and Service Times

    In addition to daily and weekend worship services, the Catholic community at the United States Air Force Academy offers retreats, pastoral care, religious education and sacramental preparation. Cadets have the opportunity to practice both faith and leadership development in several areas. During worship services, cadets serve as:

    • Members of the choir
    • Members of the praise team
    • Ushers
    • Lectors
    • Alter servers
    • Eucharistic Ministers

    Organizational and leadership skills are sharpened outside of worship through planning and executing two annual retreats and leading the Cadet Catholic Parish Advisory Council.

    The Catholic Chaplains are always available for spiritual direction, confessions, prayer, counsel, support and encouragement.

    Chapel Service Times: 

    Type of Service Day Time Location
    Sunday Mass Sunday 10 a.m. Cadet Chapel
    (Catholic Chapel)
    Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday 4:30 p.m. Cadet Chapel
    (Catholic Chapel)

    *On September 3, 2017, there will be a mass at 08:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.
    Call Cadet Chapel for Catholic Daily Mass times at 333-2636 as they change often.
    Chaplain, Capt. Lawrence Mulinda

  • Sikh
    Details

    For United States Air Force Academy cadets of Sikh faith, opportunities to worship are available in the local Colorado Springs area. A Sikh point of contact exists for cadets to connect with for spiritual growth.

    For information about the local spiritual Sikh contact and community, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.

  • Other Faiths

    Cadets are always encouraged to explore their own religious traditions. For other faith groups at the United States Air Force Academy that do not have a chaplain representative or Distinctive Religious Group Leader to lead their program, such as Hinduism and Sikhism, cadets are connected with local worshiping communities of that faith.

    Branch Chief of Cadet Faith Communities, Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman, is available to assist regarding religious accommodation requests. He can be reached at (719) 333-2636.

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2306 Sijan Drive
United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840
(719) 333-2636