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Cadets trade spring break fun for dirt, debris

Alternate Spring Break

By Maureen Welch/March 23, 2018

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Spring break usually conjures thoughts of fun and sun, but scores of cadets will spend their time building or repairing homes and clearing debris as part of the Air Force Academy’s Alternate Spring Break Program.

“The cadet-volunteers will team-up with Habitat for Humanity volunteers in nine separate locations,” said Maj. Brian Fash, cadet service learning deputy. “Two areas were affected by hurricanes.”

Fash said the 99 cadets in the program departed March 23 for the 10-day break.

“So far this academic year, the cadets have completed more than 22,031 hours of community service,” Fash said.

The Alternate Spring Break Program began at the Academy in 1999. It’s funded by the Center for Character & Leadership Development and Academy donors.