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.
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.
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.
There are over 23 miles of multiuse, unpaved trails on the Air Force Academy plus 6 miles of similar trail at Farish Recreation Area for hiking, biking and equestrian use. Trail maps are available at Natural Resources, the Farish, Outdoor Recreation Center, FamCamp and on 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.
When Capt. Zebulon Pike sighted Pikes Peak in 1806, “Pikes Peak or Bust” became a rallying cry for miners headed west to seek their fortunes. A group of prospectors chose the Colorado Springs site as the center for mountain mining activity, and this town became known as El Paso City.