An Evening with the Commandant: A Leadership Dinner
What used to be known as Mission Element Dinners at the Commandant's house have recently been renamed, "An Evening with the Commandant: A Leadership Dinner".
These dinners go hand-in-hand with Social Decorum Training here at the Academy.
Each year, the cadets participate in some form of Social Decorum. Whether it be in the form of lectures in Fairchild Hall, a formal dinner at the Falcon Club; or attending a business casual dinner hosted by the Commandant of Cadets, Brig Gen Goodwin and her family.
These dinners give the Commandant an opportunity to meet with USAFA Staff, cadet squadrons, intercollegiate sports teams, and cadet clubs--and for all of those entities to interact with each other.
This week guests at the Commandant's house included CS24, CS29, CS34, CS39, the Fastpitch Softball Team, Cadet 4 a Day Club, Soaring Aerobatic Demonstration Team, and the Football Team's Offense and Defense Cadets.
For cadets, this gives them the chance to use the skills they've been working on in Social Decorum over the years.
When guests first arrive, they have a quick meet and greet with the Commandant and her family as well as several of the Permanent Party.
After the greetings, the guests are able to enjoy finger food appetizers, as they mingle and talk amongst themselves.
Once everyone has arrived, the Commandant brings everyone together for announcements and group introductions before they all go through the buffet line for their main course. The cadets are instructed to eat dinner and converse with people who they are not already acquainted with. Faculty and staff from across the Academy disperse themselves to answer questions and serve as mentors for the cadets.
To view the rest of the pictures from our recent Leadership Dinner coverage, go to Galleries - Military Training - Character and Leadership Development. Or click the link below.