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National Character & Leadership Symposium

NCLS in Review

NCLS 2021 speaker at podium in Polaris Hall
NCLS 2021 - Lt Col Richard Clark
NCLS online discussion
NCLS 2021 Cadet watching video
NCLS - Colonel Lee Van Arsdale
NCLS 2021 - Cadet watching in dorm room
NCLS 2021 panel discussion
NCLS 2021 Cadet watching video
NCLS 2021 speaker
25 Feb 21 National Character and Leadership Symposium
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"This year, I walked away with a different perspective. I walked away with several tools on how I could come back to my detachment and help my cadets become service minded. The briefings were great and I felt challenged to help my community. Thanks again for you and your department's hard work!”

Air Force Member

“A week has passed since I have returned from the NCLS conference which still remains the main topic of conversation among family and friends. I was honored to have the opportunity to speak on Freedom’s Wings International and thank you again for extending me the invitation to participate.”

NCLS Speaker

“…I felt refreshed and regained a sense of being, aspiration and motivation. I love the variety of speakers that came.”

Cadet Feedback

“Given my past careers – as a cadet, a military officer and an industry professional – NCLS provided an opportunity to reflect on past decisions and actions, both successes and failures.”

Community Member

"Words fail to express our gratitude for a truly life-altering experience at the Academy two weeks ago. I missed the USAFA when we left, and this has never happened with any such Project Compassion experience. I begin to realize that I will carry it with me always – a great source of strength, mission, and love for you service members up close and personal...”

Community Member

First, I had a wonderful time and met new and interesting people as well as old friends. There were so many interesting and informative presentations. I just wish I could have made them all. Each NCLS has a different theme and as such keeps us interested in the presentations. The flow of events appeared seamless for us who were attending the symposium. I'm sure there were many challenges but we attendees never saw them. Great job! This conference helps develop college age students to become leaders of character, but is a learning experience and inspirational for all ages. Thanks for making it a great event for me and so many others. "

Community Member