As the Summer Training winds down, I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about some exciting things that are coming up. First, of course is Acceptance Day, Tuesday 4 August. The march-on is at 0900, but there will be some cool demonstrations by the airmanship programs prior to the parade. The bleachers are typically not completely filled on A-Day but you should still plan to arrive early. The North Gate entrance will open at 7:00am to accommodate parade visitors. Parking will be at the field house with busses from there up to Stillman Parade Field.
The honor oath will be administered during the parade ceremony. After the Class of 19' is accepted into the Wing and has joined them, the oath will be given. Right after the Wing is dismissed by the Fall Cadet Wing Commander, the shoulder board ceremony will take place on Stillman field. Families have historically been invited on to the field to observe the shoulder board ceremonies, so wear good walking shoes. We will have full WebGuy parade coverage.
Here is the official word from the Commandant’s office regarding release of Fourth-class cadets. “Fourth-class cadets will be released from 1100-1250 to visit with family/guests and may eat anywhere ON BASE. Non-cadet guests MUST pay $5.55 to eat at Mitchell Hall. The Mitchell hall meal will be buffet from 1100-1250.
My personal recommendation about bringing stuff (other than lunch) for your cadet on A-Day is unless they have asked for something specific, wait till Parents Weekend.
Next on the WebGuy calendar is the Commitment Dinner for the Class of 2017 on Wednesday 5 August. This is a Legacy event and representatives from the Class of 1967 will be in attendance. We will have full WebGuy coverage and a special photo gallery just for those photos.
The next big event on our calendar (and yours) is Parent’s Weekend. Click HERE for a link to the schedule of events from 2-7 September. One event you should not miss if you are the parent of a 4th Class Cadet is the Orientation to be held on Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in Arnold Hall. This is a great opportunity for new cadet parents to get an overview of USAFA programs from senior staff, including the Superintendent, Commandant of Cadets, Dean of the Faculty, Athletic Director and Admissions Director. Q&A session will follow presentations. All cadet parents/guests are welcome to attend. This event is a first and if you can make it, definitely something not to be missed. Click HERE for a link to the Academy's Parent's Weekend registration page.
We have traditionally held the “WebGuy Social” on Thursday evening following the Parent President’s Conference. Because of the Orientation and also due to enhanced security on base this year which makes it very difficult for folks without a DoD ID to get to Doolittle Hall on Thursday, we have had a change in plans. We have moved the WebGuy Social/Meet & Greet to Friday. We hope you will come by the Oasis in Sijan Hall between 10AM and 2PM to meet Webguy. More info will be coming your way between now and Parents Weekend. I just wanted to make sure you put both Parents Weekend events on your calendar.