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Operations & Outreach

The Operations & Outreach Division supports the Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) – by scheduling, planning and conducting a wide range of cadet, faculty, staff and other interactions in Polaris Hall to facilitate CCLD’s broader mission. Our team works to attract and partner with other leading academic, not-for-profit and business organizations with common and compatible character and leadership development interests.

Since the opening of Polaris Hall in April 2016, Operations & Outreach has continuously coordinated and executed a number of important activities, including:

  • Air Force leadership meetings
  • International conferences
  • Academic ceremonies
  • Military commissioning
  • Promotions and retirements
  • A wide range of technology, innovation and other expositions
The National Character & Leadership Symposium

The National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS) is one of the United States Air Force Academy’s most visible leadership and development events.  Annually, NCLS brings together distinguished scholars, military leaders, corporate executives, world-class athletes, and others to explore a character-related theme.   The purpose of NCLS is to motivate and equip participants for honorable living and effective leadership.  It accomplishes this by connecting participants with powerful speakers, in presentations and discussion sessions, to encourage reflection and motivate personal action.   NCLS reflects and fosters a culture at the Academy that is conducive to openly and deeply discussing issues of character and leadership in a critical and mature manner, regardless of sensitivity.  NCLS provides developmental opportunities that allow NCLS cadet and permanent party staff to practice character-based leadership in a real world context.  Finally, NCLS exemplifies our core value of excellence, showcasing the U.S. Air Force Academy as a unique and valuable character and leadership resource for the Air Force and nation.

For more information about NCLS

For more information about the use of Polaris Hall for events, please email ccld.events@usafa.edu.