USAFA Class of 2019

Graduation 2019! Just four short years ago, we were celebrating with our soon to be cadets the news of their offers of appointment to the United State Air Force Academy (USAFA). Some of us were anxiously awaiting news about a medical waiver from DoDMERB. While others of us got the surprise offer of an appointment for our child AFTER initially being told that they would not be offered appointment. All our cadets had different paths to claiming their seat on the bus at Doolittle Hall on June 25, 2015. But one thing we had in common then, as now, is we have been bound together as USAFA families. Conquer Mind, Conquer All! From that first proud and tearful day when we dropped them off for Basic Cadet Training (BCT) we have supported our cadets, and each other, through every milestone. It has not always been easy, for them or us, but then nothing worth having in life is. From the hot, physical challenges of Jacks Valley to the long-awaited Recognition and our virtual toast in their honor, our cadets survived their C4C year. We all waited in anticipation to hear about their Exemplar selection C3C year and all agreed that Neil ArmSTRONG was the perfect match for this class! The next year, C2C, brought them to their half-way point. Our cadets came back from their Summer Ops with a renewed passion for their decision to remain at USAFA and sign their formal commitment to the next seven plus years of service. And with that, came Commitment Dinner with their Legacy class, the third challenge coin that our Spirit Committee designed, with funds gifted by each of you! That C2C year also brought the unveiling of their 2019 class crest and the celebration of getting their class rings at Ring Dining Out and Ring Dance. This year, our cadets celebrated 100’s Night with dinner, a weekend off, and coming back to seeing their rooms decorated in their honor. At this point, our cadets have earned the rights to be honored by their wing. Together, we have watched our sons and daughters grow up into STRONG, confident, and capable men and women ready to serve our country. This class has broken records, won numerous awards in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in community, national, and international events. Now, the final milestone looms before us. Our Firsties jumped into the fountains after their last class was over…STRONG. In 30 degree weather, Polar Plunge style STRONG! In just a few short weeks, our cadets will graduate and be commissioned as 2d Lt’s in the world’s greatest Air Force. There will be numerous awards ceremonies, air shows, parades, receptions, and commissioning ceremonies. And of course, there will be a graduation like no other! Then, after the hat toss and the Thunderbirds show, right before our eyes, our cadets will move on from being USAFA cadets to serving as United States Air Force Officers joining the long blue line.  They have come a long way, baby!

 

 

 

 

100th Night

Our Cadets Next Milestone is Coming!

As they head off for their well deserved weekend off and their rooms getting decorated – 100th Night will be held Tuesday, the 19th! This formal Dining In is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, mingle with Legacy Class members and hear from USAFA leadership and Guest Speakers.

Thanks to your support, your Class of 2019 Spirit Mission has been hard at work – Cadets will receive a program, a keepsake congratulations card, their Graduation Coin, and a truly special surprise gift! Stay tuned for more info and pictures!  We will have the 100th Night page up and going the night of the dinner (Tuesday, Feb. 19th).  You will not want to miss all of the decorated room pictures that we will be uploading and congratulatory toasts!

Next up will be GRADUATION!!!  If you haven’t visited the Graduation page yet, click HERE.

Class of 2019 Ring Dance

Class of 2019 Ring Dance and Dining Out

Tomorrow, May 18, 2018, marks our cadets’ next milestone, Ring Dance. Three years ago, this milestone seemed eons away, but here we are, ready to cheer on our rising seniors.

At the Dining Out, they will receive their class ring and unveil the class crest. Each class designs its own ring and crest. One side of the ring bears the Academy crest, while the other side bears the class crest, which always includes elements from the Class of 1959’s crest: the class number, the class year, the Polaris star and the eagle. The United States Air Force Academy is the only service academy to have had class rings for every class since its founding. Air Force Academy rings are also unique because they are made with white gold, instead of the yellow gold used at other service academies.  The class painting is usually revealed at this event.  This year, painter Rick Broome, created a painting for their Exemplar and is finishing the official class painting that will be unveiled soon.

This years theme is: A Starry Night. Details and symbols from their time at the Academy will be elegantly brought together for a beautiful evening where the highlight will be receiving their class ring.

Your Spirit Mission’s purpose is to commemorate the Milestone events in the lives of the class of 2019. Stay tuned tomorrow evening as we unveil our Ring Dance and Dining Out web page.  There you will find information about the history of the event, the full program, the class crest with the explanation of all of the elements, and a photo gallery that we will add to throughout the night!  Click the Milestone tab tomorrow night to get the link!

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2019 SM Annual Meeting TONIGHT!

dont-forgetPlease join us TONIGHT for the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting.  We will elect officers and have an update on past and future projects that support our cadets!

You may either call in by phone or link up via your computer.

Subject: Annual Business Meeting

Date and Time:
November 29, 2017
8:00 PM US/Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, and 5:00 Pacific

This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.

Notes:
All parents of the USAFA Class of 2019 are invited to attend the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors. A report of last years events and what is to come will also be presented.

  1. Dial Into the Conference (United States): (515)-604-9912
    Access Code: 457661#
    International Dial-In Numbers:
    https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/2019strong#international
  2. Join the Online Meeting:
    Online Meeting Link:
    https://join.freeconferencecall.com/2019spiritmissionwebsite
    Online Meeting ID: 2019spiritmissionwebsite
  3. Click HERE for the agenda, election and budget information, and meeting minutes.

Instructions:
At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line.  When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the online meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

2017 Annual Meeting Reminder

meeting-reminder

Please join us for the 2019 Spirit Mission annual business meeting.  We will elect officers and have an update on past and future projects that support our cadets!

You may either call in by phone or link up via your computer.

Date and Time:
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2017
8:00 PM US/Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, and 5:00 Pacific

This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.

Notes:
All parents of the USAFA Class of 2019 are invited to attend the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors. A report of last years events and what is to come will also be presented.

  1. Dial Into the Conference (United States): (515)-604-9912
    Access Code: 457661#
    International Dial-In Numbers:
    https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/2019strong#international
  2. Join the Online Meeting:
    Online Meeting Link:
    https://join.freeconferencecall.com/2019spiritmissionwebsite
    Online Meeting ID: 2019spiritmissionwebsite
  3. Click HERE for the agenda, election and budget information, and meeting minutes.

Annual Meeting Resources

AGENDA

FINANCIALS

MEETING MINUTES

ELECTION INFORMATION

MILESTONES

Class of 2019 Commitment Dinner

 

Unbelievably, TWO YEARS have passed by in a flash. Gone are the intensely long days during BCT, the Doolie days of wearing uniforms off base and K tests, the restrictions and even Recognition. Gone are the days of C3C year with the grueling academics, water haze, boxing and OPS. Now the cadets face days of true leadership opportunities and a commitment that will impact the very fabric of their lives. It is the day they have all waited for; this Wednesday is the day they formally acknowledge and accept their duty to their country and to the United States Air Force. During Wednesday’s Commitment Dinner, the cadets will once again voice their Oath of Affirmation. We celebrate this milestone with them in spirit, and united with parents around our great nation. Join us Wednesday evening when we post our Commitment Dinner web page and unveil their coin!  We will be adding photos throughout the evening and we invite parents and family to join us in a virtual toast to all Cadets Wednesday, August, 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM (MT).

 

 

 

Commitment Dinner Virtual Toast Pictures

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And They Are Off!!!!

With the summer before us, a host of new and exciting adventures await our cadets around the globe.  Each cadet must fulfill two military training requirements per summer with one being a leadership program this year.

This summers choices for core military training are as follows: Operation Air Force (Ops AF) or equivalent (Air Education Training Command (AETC) Leadership Ops, CE Ops/Civil Engineer Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory (CE-FERL).  This summer will also open up Leadership programs to our cadets.  Those choices are as follows:  Any commander selected from the Command Selection Board, BCT Cadre, ESET Cadre, Ops Group Cadre and Staff, CE-FERL Leadership, Cadet Aviation Instructor, Soaring Instructor, Parachuting Instructor, UAS Instructor, Cyber Instructor, and Space Instructor.  Cadets may also choose to give up summer break for a third military training program or an academic class.  For more details about the C2C Summer Program choices, click HERE for the curriculum handbook. See pages 67-68.

Once the summer is finished, our C2C’s will choose to COMMIT to the US Air Force.  This Milestone will be celebrated on the first day of school with the traditional Commitment Dinner.  The Spirit Mission will once again be minting a coin for this special occasion with donations from our generous parents. Find out more about each of our cadets milestones HERE.

What a Change a Year Can Make…

By Melony Daley
A year ago….we waited with bated breath for each minute, hour and day to pass. This milestone meant so many things would change, potentially for the better, but for now this weekend held a world of stress, heartache, mental hardship, physical effort and strife for our cadets. If they could only survive recognition intact, life would be so much easier. After months of running the strips, holding their backpack in their left hand, and wearing military uniform everywhere they went, our cadets would be recognized by the upper classes. Hello civvies and leisure walks. They would hear their first names again. Stress levels would drop and the cadets could breathe a little easier and by extension we parents could breathe a little easier. We could start to think of our young adults as living on a campus versus a military installation…even if it truly was a military installation. It’s our small delusions that help us deal with the hundreds of miles of separation, after all. As all cadets and parents do, we leave freshman year with memories, some wonderful and some not so wonderful. We remember BCT and the first Parents’ Weekend as if it were some long distant memory. Recognition, however, was truly only a year ago.

I vividly remember thinking of my cadet constantly during the first two days of recognition, wishing I could talk to him, praying that he was having fun in a weird sort of way, thinking how much different his experience at a military academy was from our experience as active duty Army almost two full decades ago. I also vividly remember the moment I found out that he had not finished recognition and had in fact suffered a concussion as a result of hitting his head on the cement when they ran up an incline in full military gear. I remember wanting to jump on an airplane so that I could look into his eyes and make sure he was okay and wanting to call and speak to his chain of command. I didn’t of course. The adage, “This, too, shall pass,” is very true. He survived. He finished the rest of his freshman year and has come back stronger and more determined than ever to succeed. This year is so different. It began with a quick and fleeting thought: “I wonder if recognition is this weekend or next?” I let it go and didn’t think about it again until Sunday came around and I wanted to hear his voice. I took a chance to text him and ask if he was planning to call. I was pleasantly surprised when the phone rang not two minutes later. We spoke for 20 minutes and I asked a ton of questions about the difference between last year and this year and his role in recognition.

Instead of dread, I experienced joy. Joy that he was doing okay, his grades were looking up, and that in less than three weeks he would be sleeping in his bed here at home. The difference of a year…. Our cadets are experiencing recognition in a variety of ways. Some sophomores are assisting in the beating of the freshman, others are peer counselors and are there to support in the mental and emotional stability of the freshmen, and yet others are not participating. Instead of worrying about being recognized or not, our cadets are living on the other side and ready to usher the next class into a bright new world full of possibility and hope; our cadets are worrying about grades and classes, talking to parents, and living life outside of the all-encompassing milestone of recognition.

We thank all the parents who supported this milestone last year, and we thank you for your continuous support as the cadets get ready to reach their next milestone – Commitment Dinner!

Get Your Keychains Before They Are Gone!

We have ordered our LAST batch of Exemplar Keychains and Recognition Cards!  They have been quite a hit!  We are not planning to re-order these keychains again!  Once we have exhausted this quantity, they are gone – so plan ahead for gifts, graduation, etc.

We have opened the ordering and payment processing for all parents, cadets, and other interested people.  We have a limited quantity available!  You should receive your order in about three weeks.  You will be notified by email when your order ships.  You may order as many as you would like.  The same ordering process goes for Recognition Keepsake Cards as we have a few of those available still as well. They are great mementos for framing, scrap booking, etc.

Please go to https://usafa2019spiritmission.com/fundraising-items and you can pay via Paypal.  There is also a form available on that page if you would like to send a check but online ordering is faster and can insure you receive your keychain due to our limited quantities.

We would also appreciate it if you would forward this message to your cadet so that we can get the word out to them also. Thank you for your support of our Cadets!

Cadets Set to March at the 58th Inauguration Tomorrow

Photo courtesy of US Air Force Academy (Official) FB page

Serving our country is an honor, and for our cadets this is a commitment that they will enjoy for many years after graduation from the Academy.

They train every day while at the Academy and we as parents have the opportunity to see this training in the form of parades and formations, but it is merely a glimpse. Cadets spend hours training to march in a perfect formation and the feeling of accomplishment, pride, and, honor each cadet feels marching in a formal parade is indescribable.

Tomorrow, some of our cadets will experience that honor marching in the inauguration parade. If you have the opportunity to see the parade and our cadets, try and place yourselves in their shoes. Imagine the pride for serving our country, the honor of being present at a presidential inauguration, the overwhelming emotional turmoil as they represent the entire body of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Wing, the hopes that they will not make one misstep, the fear that they will do an “eyes right” as they have been trained to do when commanded to do an “eyes left” as this one event requires, the pain of any blisters, and the abundance of pride. The parade will begin after the Swearing-In ceremony. It will begin at the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building and proceed 1.5 miles along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Click HERE for USAFA news articles and photos from the Inaugural celebration.