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Dormitories & Dining

Image of Mitchell dining hall.

Living and dining arrangements at the U.S. Air Force Academy reinforce the squadron as the defining aspect of daily life – not only do cadets develop their knowledge and leadership skills together, they live and eat together.


Through all four years, cadets will have a same-sex roommate from within their squadron and typically from the same class year. In addition to room furniture, the Academy provides all basic necessities, such as uniforms, bedding and linens. During the academic year, cadets may be permitted to have additional items when granted those privileges. Every item has a proper location and cadets are expected to keep their rooms in inspection order at all times. The 40 cadet squadrons are distributed among two dormitories.

Vandenberg Hall

Vandenberg Hall is the second-largest university dormitory in the country, after the U.S. Naval Academy’s Bancroft Hall. Named in honor of Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a distinguished commander during World War II and the second Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Vandenberg Hall was the Academy’s first dormitory and contains 1,320 cadet rooms. Squadrons 1–23 are located here.

Sijan Hall

Named for Capt. Lance Sijan, a heroic Class of 1965 graduate who was seriously wounded in the Vietnam War, but survived on the ground for six weeks before he was captured by enemy forces. Though imprisoned and gravely wounded, he resisted his captors until he ultimately died of pneumonia. Sijan’s heroism and courage posthumously earned him the first Congressional Medal of Honor granted to an Academy graduate, and the second cadet dormitory was named in his honor. Squadrons 24–40 reside in Sijan Hall.


Mitchell Hall, the Cadet Dining Facility, serves the entire Cadet Wing simultaneously – on weekdays during the academic year breakfast and lunch are served family-style, while dinner and weekend meals are buffet. With all the physical demands of Academy life, an extensive amount of effort has been put forth to provide high quality, nutrient-rich foods for cadets. Mitchell Hall offers locally sourced, hormone-free steaks and chicken as well as a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. We are also able to accommodate lacto-ovo vegetarians and religious preferences during specific holidays such as Ramadan, Passover and Lent.

Other initiatives include:

  • Supporting Falcon Fueling Stations in the Athletic Department, with the goal of providing optimal nutrition to ensure cadets are able to prepare, perform and recover from training or workouts
  • Nutrition counseling for guidance in weight loss, weight gain, disordered eating, sports nutrition, vegetarianism and more
  • Quarterly Food Testing program and Cadet Food Focus Group
  • A color-coded menu informational system to educate cadets on their nutritional choices
    • Green = eat often, high-performance fuel
    • Yellow = eat occasionally, moderate performance fuel
    • Red = eat rarely, low-performance fuel