AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Welcome

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Welcome

Welcome to your U.S. Air Force Academy, and congratulations on your new assignment. We’re pleased to have you here. Shortly, you’ll become part of the wonderful experience of preparing 4,000 cadets for careers in the United States Air Force. Everyone’s effort is needed to ensure success — officers, NCOs, Airmen, civilian employees, contractors and family members. You’ll help prepare our future leaders by serving as a role model, on and off duty, setting an example through your performance on the job, your appearance, your attitude and your conduct. Become involved with cadets, because your participation is important to their personal and professional development. Your involvement can take many forms: attending intramural, club and intercollegiate activities; coming to lectures presented by guest speakers; becoming a squadron participant; and, if eligible, by being a cadet sponsor. While you’re here, you’ll be able to take advantage of our extensive recreational facilities that are among the finest in the Air Force. We offer a wide range of seasonal programs to help make Colorado and its seasons enjoyable for our base community. Again, welcome to your Academy. read more

History

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The Site Selection Committee, appointed by Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott, addressed the question of a suitable location for the Academy. Members of the committee bore in mind the advice of West Point and Annapolis representatives who suggested the Academy have an area large enough to accommodate cadet training and future expansion. Other criteria for the site included natural beauty, a variety of local educational, religious, cultural and recreational facilities, as well as proximity to large cities.

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Arrival Information

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Checking In

Your Sponsor

Sponsors are appointed to help all personnel assigned to the Academy. They are prepared to help you with any questions or problems before your arrival and while getting settled. Please exchange phone numbers, email addresses or other pertinent contact information, and your travel itinerary with your sponsor. If you’re unable to contact your sponsor, call the base locator at DSN 333-1110 or your gaining unit commander’s support staff.

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Your Academy

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Association of Graduates

The Association of Graduates is the alumni association of the U.S. Air Force Academy. It is a nonprofit organization devoted to serving its members, improving the Academy by enriching the cadet experience and funding programs not supported by appropriated funds. read more

Services and Facilities

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Medical Care

719-524-CARE

The 10th Medical Group is a well-equipped clinic with ambulatory (same-day) surgery. The clinic is in the DOD Western Region and provides services with our TRICARE Managed Care Support Contractor, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. Our professional medical staff provides care in most major medical specialties.

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Recreation

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Multi-Use Trails

There are over 23 miles of multi-use, unpaved trails on the Air Force Academy, and another 6 miles of similar trail at Farish Recreation Area for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. Trail maps are available at Natural Resources, Farish, Outdoor Recreation Center, FamCamp, and through various public websites. The diverse and scenic trails include the 13-mile Falcon Trail, a 7-mile section of the County’s New Santa Fe Trail, and hiking access into Pike National Forest on the Stanley Canyon Trail and Eagle Peak Trail. All trails are open 24/7 for DoD ID card holders, but use by the general public may be limited by the posted visitor hours and other access restrictions. read more

Local Area

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Local Communities

Military Bases

The Academy is one of four military bases throughout Colorado Springs. To the southeast of the city is Schriever Air Force Base, to the east (next to the city airport) is Peterson Air Force Base, and to the south is the Army’s Fort Carson. Some Academy employees who live in Colorado Springs choose to take advantage of base exchange, commissary and recreational facilities at these other installations.

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