Commemorate Your Cadet’s Commitment

 

The Class of 2019 Spirit Mission is proud to announce a unique item to commemorate the Commitment Milestone – An individually personalized Commitment Stein!  Each stein will feature YOUR Cadet’s name, their new Squadron’s image, the USAFA emblem, Class of 2019 and Commitment text.  We have worked hard with USAFA to create this very special item. This is a joint fundraiser for the Class of 2019 and the Spirit Mission.  Ordering is open to 2019 Parents as well as Cadets.  Cadets will receive a card with ordering information at the Commitment Dinner along with their Commitment Challenge Coin, Program, and Keepsake Congratulatory Card —   all furnished by the Spirit Mission.

Ordering will begin August 9th after the dinner.  Steins are being offered at $36 each, including shipping to the destination you specify at checkout.  Ordering will continue through Parents   Weekend and steins should ship within 2-3 weeks of the order being placed.  Click on our website at www.usafa2019spiritmission.com/fundraising to place your order. You can pay by Paypal or send a check using the form on the site.  These high-quality ceramic steins are white with metallic gold banding – they are 22 oz. and are 6.5″ high with a 3″ diameter.

More than $10 from each stein will go towards the needs of the Cadet Class for Ring Dance!  Please help support our first joint fundraiser with the Cadet Class while honoring your Cadet and their Commitment to the Academy and the Air Force. This is truly a unique keepsake that they will cherish!

We will also have a limited number of the Keepsake Congratulations Card that is given to each Cadet that commits – these are professionally printed 5″ by 7″ cards featuring images of the Challenge Coin and explanations of the Coin’s design elements and their significance. You can view and order them on our website for $5 each also on August 9th.

Thank you for supporting all members of the Class of 2019 Cadets — STRONG!

 





New Spirit Gear

It’s time to start planning for Parents Weekend, Commitment, summer USAFA activities, and our Cadets’ exciting C2C year!  And what better way to show your pride than by displaying and wearing our Spirit Gear, Keepsake and Milestone items!!  Think ahead for Graduation, Goodie Bags and Gifts as some of these items are ordered in limited quantities and won’t come again.

We have some exciting new items on our USAFA 2019 Spirit Mission website –

  • High Quality Cloisonne Enamel Pin – Great for shirts, hats, shadow boxes, bags
  • Gold Finished Enamel Charm / Silver Finished with Gold Accent Enamel Charm – Can be used as a pendant, bracelet charm or earrings
  • Embroidered Patch with Gold Metallic Thread – Use on hats, shirts, jackets, bags
  • Inside Mount Auto Decal and Glossy Sticker – Use on your car, bags, etc.

But don’t delay, orders must be received by 7/10 for these new items.  Delivery will be in early August.  We also have a very limited amount of Exemplar Keychains on hand that you can add to your order as well.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR WEBSITE & ORDER

Don’t forget our two stores as well — both have new merchandise including tote bags, beach blanket/towels, collared polo shirts, BBQ aprons, tank tops, and more!

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www.ssastores.com/usafa2019spiritmission

Remember, our proceeds go toward supporting the needs of the Cadet Class which is so important now that Ring Dance is less than a year away!

Our Commitment Committee has been very busy.  Working with the Cadet Cabinet, they have been developing the Commitment Challenge Coin, programs, banners and more – thanks to your support of our Spirit Mission.  And stay tuned — we will have a wonderful individually personalized Commitment Commemorative Keepsake available for you to order for your Cadet.

Please show your pride by ordering our Spirit Gear, Milestone and Keepsake items.

Thank you for supporting all our Cadets.

 

 

 

Exemplar Challenge Coin Keychain Order Info

 

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In order to continue to make this milestone memorable to cadets, parents, family members and other interested people, the Spirit Mission Committee would like to introduce an Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain.  Ordering begins Tuesday, Nov. 1st.

CLICK THE ‘ORDER HERE’ PICTURE BELOW!!

In return for your donation of $16, you will receive ONE Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain.  The size of the Replica Coin is 1.75” in diameter and it is the same high quality as the Cadet Challenge Coins, with a 3D image on each side of the metal coin.  The coin is secured by a nice chain and keyring.  The keychain will arrive in 2-3 weeks after your order is placed, and the donation amount includes direct shipping to you.  We accept donations by Paypal or by checks payable to “USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission.”  If you choose to pay by check, click HERE for a printable order form to mail with your check. You may order more than one but our supplies may be limited, so order soon!

This keychain will be a great keepsake to honor Neil Armstrong, the Class of 2019 Exemplar, our cadets, and their achievements at the Academy.  Your donation to the USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission goes toward supporting the needs of the Cadet Class of 2019.

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We thank you for your continued support!

 

 

The USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Consistent with IRS requirements, we are advising our donors that the amount of the contribution deductible for federal tax purposes is limited to the excess over the value of goods received by the donor. For this event our good-faith estimate is that the donor is receiving goods valued at $9 in exchange for their donation of $16 for each keychain.

Exemplar Challenge Coin Keychain Announcement

Announcing Our Keepsake Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain!

We are so proud of our third-degree cadets for the resilience and hard work they have demonstrated as they continue their schoolwork and their physical and military training. It seems like Recognition was just a few weeks ago, and yet here we are preparing to support their upcoming Exemplar Dinner.

The Cadet Exemplar Program is an avenue for each Academy class to honor and identify with a past military giant. It is designed to link our nation’s rich heritage with our boundless future. As such, the heroes who are chosen epitomize the personal characteristics that each class of cadets seeks to emulate. The Class of 2019 chose astronaut and pilot Neil Armstrong. He is recognized for his achievements in the Apollo space program, military test flight programs, and being the first man to walk on the moon. He also is remembered as being valiant, humble, and possessing tremendous integrity. What a perfect exemplar to represent our sons and daughters, and to form an unbreakable unity between past leaders and today’s future leaders!

The selected class exemplar not only becomes the cadets’ honorary class leader, but also the very namesake and identity of that particular class. Thus, when they chant their class year, you will hear them shout out STRONG for Armstrong. Throughout the cadets’ careers, the Exemplar becomes the focal point of inspiration for the cadets as they prepare for their roles as Air Force officers and future leaders.

So, how do we support the Cadet Exemplar Program? To help honor Neil Armstrong and make this evening memorable for our cadets, they will be presented with a beautiful Exemplar Challenge Coin, designed by members of the Spirit Mission Committee and made possible by your generous contributions. You will see images of the coin posted on our website and our Facebook pages after the Exemplar Dinner.

In order to continue to make this milestone memorable to cadets, parents, family members and other interested people, the Spirit Mission Committee would like to introduce an Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain. Ordering will begin through our website on Tuesday, November 1st. In return for your donation of $16, you will receive ONE Exemplar Challenge Coin Replica Keychain. The size of the Replica Coin is 1.75 inches in diameter, and it is the same high quality as the Cadet Challenge Coins, with a 3D image on each side of the metal coin. The coin is secured by a nice chain and keyring. The keychains will arrive in 2-3 weeks after your order is placed, and the donation amount includes direct shipping to you. We accept donations on our website by PayPal or by checks payable to “USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission” and sent to USAFA 2019 Spirit Mission c/o Suzie Ramirez, 6311 Cordelia Rd Williamsburg VA, 23188. If you choose to pay by check, click HERE for a printable order form to mail with your check. You may order more than one, but our supplies may be limited, so order soon!

This keychain will be a wonderful keepsake to honor Neil Armstrong, the Class of 2019 Exemplar, our cadets, and their achievements at the Academy. Your donation to the USAFA Class of 2019 Spirit Mission goes toward supporting the needs of the Cadet Class of 2019. We thank you for your continued support!

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Airing His Dirty Laundry

By Melony Daley

Parents’ Weekend! After waiting a whole year to return to the Academy, the time is finally here. The long-anticipated weekend IS HERE! An over-abundance of emotion is experienced by all; cadet, parents, grandparents and siblings. The logistics of arranging a trip to Colorado is not an easy task for most of us, but it is one we gladly endure. We sit through long lines of cars to enter base, weave our way through crowds of people and navigate the craziness of on base parking, but it is worth it. All the anxiety of whether our 18 or 19 year-old has survived without us and is thriving in an environment surrounded by strangers is held in check by the simple fact that we will FINALLY see our child and envelop him in a hug. We focus all of our attention on every word, movement, groan, or smile. We listen to the undercurrent of emotion. Our child is okay without us, right?

After witnessing the discipline of the Parade and meeting the Cadre, Professors and Chain of Command, we feel confident that everything is just fine. At least, until we learn that our child is hesitant to open his room to us. It cannot be that bad; maybe he left his room a mess, but SAMIs are not the norm anymore so that is to be expected. After much cajoling and needling, we are on our way to see the new room. The door is opened and…the SMELL! What is that smell? Oh my, it is awful. The smell has me convinced we should leave immediately. Thankfully, we were reassured that the smell wasn’t a dead and drowned rat…it was simply very rank dirty clothes.
If this sounds familiar to you, I empathize with you. Very simply put, once they become C3C they lose the ability to drop dirty clothes into the collection bins where they are carted off for them. They are now required to take their clothes to the laundromat and wash and dry their own clothes. At that point I heard a ton of excuses, and while I am not a mother that will hover and take over in every situation, this is one where I could not let it go. I had this image of my son walking around with dirty, under-washed clothes, or worse, being ridiculed for his lack of cleanliness. Not acceptable.
This parent discovered at the Parents’ Weekend Information Fair that C3C and above have the opportunity to drop off clothes to the Vandy or Sijan laundromats. Amazing discovery! For the fee of $8 per 10 lbs cadets can drop off clothes and they will wash, fluff, dry and fold those dirty clothes. More information is at http://www.usafasupport.com/laundromat.html. You may also call 719-333-2615 or email connie.graff@us.af.mil for more information. You can purchase gift certificates for your cadet with check, Visa and Mastercard.

Miraculous! Clean clothes equal happy and fresh smelling cadet and happy mom.

 

We Remember 9/11

Today, we join our nation’s Armed Forces and we remember the fallen on September 11, 2001. We share the words of Gen. David L. Goldfein’s, written to the Air For9/11 United States Air Force Academy Memorial by Richard O'Donnellce and to all airmen. We find great meaning in these words as parents of Air Force cadets and we are committed to continue to support the needs of the Class of 2019, as they train and prepare to join the fight.

“Airmen, Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The attacks tested our Nation’s resolve while galvanizing our collective spirit of service. Since 9/11, our Air Force has continually engaged around the globe applying Airpower along with the Joint Team and our allies in the fight against violent extremism. As we continue to fight, may we never forget the 2,996 lives lost on 9/11, the countless first responders who gave their full measure, and the Airmen and their families who endured the ultimate sacrifice in our fight following 9/11. Today, supported by a grateful Nation, countless Airmen and their families continue to serve. Dawn and I are humbled and honored to serve with you. Thank you for your service. Fight’s on!”

The USAFA Recognition ‘Charge’

Cadet freshmen Ben Register, Kevin Dwyer, Evan Barger and Hank Binzer of Cadet Squadron 33 shoulder the weight of their Squadron's charge and await instructions March 12, 2010 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Recognition is an annual set of events that culminate in the freshmen being welcomed into the ranks of the upper class cadets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher)

 

Good morning parents.  Today is the day.  Recognition starts before dinner and is officially over after the Recognition Dinner on Saturday evening.  Some of you may be thinking, “oh, once the ‘run to the Rock’ starts on Saturday afternoon, it’s all downhill from there”.  Well, that Run to the Rock isn’t so easy.  Have you heard of the ‘Charge’?  This is a 6″ wide by 6″ high by 10′ long solid block of concrete.  Although these measurements are just my estimate, rumor has it that it weighs in at over 250 lbs.  It has six rope handles on it and the Doolies have to take turns carrying it all the way out and back from the Rock.  I have asked my son for some details and all he could tell me was, “they don’t tell me anything about the Charge other than it has six rope handles and its now painted Bold Gold”.  The Squadron Charges had been painted red up until this past week.  Red was the color of the class 2016.  They couldn’t paint the Charge Bold Gold until they earned the right to do so.  From what i can gather from watching online videos, it may also be used at other times during Recognition.  I have also seen how different Cadet Squadrons will make it their own, like in the attached picture (from 2010). Hopefully, WebGuy can shed some light on this subject with his Recognition Picture coverage……. WE HOPE !!!

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Calling all Class of 2019 Parents!

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Calling all Class of 2019 Parents!

The Spirit Mission Committee has been hard at work and thanks to your generous donations, we have raised just over $20,797 thus far. We have revised the goal and budget to reflect our estimated total needed to support the six milestones and other donations. We will have another mailer going out shortly and will be including a FAQ to help answer any questions you may have for us. Let’s keep those donations coming in to support our great cadets!!