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USAFA Class of 2019!




2–7 September 2015

As of: 3 Sep 2015



USAFA...The Nation’s premier institution for producing

leaders of character.


To educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead in the United States Air Force and in service to our Nation.


Integrity First Service Before Self Excellence In All We Do Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 2 The US Air Force Academy Senior Staff Welcomes You To Parents’ Weekend 2015!

Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson Superintendent * Colonel Douglas Lamberth Vice Superintendent * Chief Master Sergeant Maxwell Grindstaff Command Chief Master Sergeant * Brigadier General Stephen Williams Commandant of Cadets * Brigadier General Andrew Armacost Dean of the Faculty * Mr. James Knowlton Director of Athletics * Colonel Troy Dunn 10th Air Base Wing Commander * Colonel Gerald Szybist Preparatory School Commander * Colonel Steven Burgh 306th Flying Training Group Commander Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 3



Who Can Attend

Parents' Weekend Information and Registration

Security Procedures

Parking and Transportation

Handicapped Information

High Altitude Health Concerns

Emergency Phone Numbers

Parents’ Weekend Weather


Lodging in the Local Area

Local Shopping


How to Contact Cadets











NOTE: If events listed in this handout are cancelled or postponed for any reason, local radio and television stations will broadcast the news. On base, you may tune to KAFA, 97.7FM. Message boards at both the North and South Gates of the Academy will notify you of any event changes.

Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 4 PARENTS’ WEEKEND 2015 Welcome to YOUR United States Air Force Academy!

Parents’ Weekend activities begin on Wednesday, 2 September, and end on Labor Day, 7 September 2015. Parents’ Weekend is an exciting time for cadets, their families and guests. Each year, more than 8,000 parents and guests attend Parents’ Weekend activities. Many have traveled from all over the world to visit their cadet and the Academy. This brochure is a guide to the events and facilities available during your visit. For the latest updated information, visit the USAFA web site at http://www.usafa.edu/parentsweekend/parentsweekend.


Who Can Attend All cadet guests, including parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents or girl/boyfriends, are welcome to visit the Academy during Parents’ Weekend. In fact, cadets of all classes, not just the new Fourth-Class cadets, will host family and guests during this busy weekend.

Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 5 Parents’ Weekend Information and Visitor Registration Cadet guests who register via the Parents' Weekend website in July 2015 will be e-mailed Parents' Weekend information. There is no requirement to register nor are there any restrictions as to who can register, however you must have your cadet's name and email address to verify the registration. You will receive an email with links to attachments, including this brochure, schedule of events, Superintendent welcome letter, parking pass and event flyers. All items may be printed at home. If you are not able to print the items or do not have access to the internet, please ask your cadet to print the documents and send them to you or provide them upon your arrival.

Registration via the website is primarily to provide information to you on Parents’ Weekend activities. It also allows us to collect an estimate of the total numbers of guests, but we do not require updated registrations if your number or information changes. When registering, please make sure to identify any individuals in your group who may be in a distinguished visitor status (such as general officers, active or retired; high-ranking elected officials; international high-ranking individuals; heads of state; celebrities; or others that may be considered of DV stature) and anyone who may need handicapped assistance.

Security Procedures Normal visitor hours for the USAF Academy are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily via the North Gate; during Parents' Weekend, the hours will vary to accommodate activities taking place (see schedule of events). Guests will be asked to show a valid driver’s license or a military ID. You may also be asked to show proof of insurance and a valid vehicle registration. If you are driving a rental car, please keep the rental agreement and current proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times. The parking pass identifies your vehicle as belonging to a USAFA visitor – please print the pass and place it in your driver's side dash. Remember that the pass does not get you on base – you must show a valid driver's license or military ID to enter the base. All non-DOD visitors must enter through the North Gate. Guests may ride the shuttles or walk into the Cadet Area but must be escorted by a cadet or military member to enter the Terrazzo or any of the academic buildings or dormitories. No private vehicles may enter the Cadet Area.

Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 6 All vehicles entering the base are subject to inspection by security personnel.

Guests should refrain from bringing large bags, coolers, thermoses, backpacks or other items that will require additional scrutiny or searches from security personnel. Note that seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants at all times when driving on the Academy.

Please make sure to follow all posted speed limits when driving on the base.

Drivers may not use hand-held cellular phones while the vehicle is in motion. If you need to make or take a call, please use a hands-free device or pull to the side of the road. Also, be aware that radar detectors are not permitted on base. Finally, keep in mind that wildlife such as deer, elk and wild turkeys can be a hazard while driving on the Academy. Please be alert for them and drive carefully. Remember, they have the right-of-way!

If Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) change due to world events or events closer to home, some scheduled events may change or require additional security precautions for the safety of all our guests. Any event changes will be advertised in local media and on the message boards at both entry gates.

Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 7 Parking and Transportation Please plan to arrive early for all Parents’ Weekend events, especially the parade. Traffic, parking and security checks may result in delays getting to your destination. Remember, 8,000+ guests will all be arriving at USAFA on Friday morning at about the same time!

When you arrive on the base (please use the North Gate), follow the signs to visitor parking in the Cadet Field House and Reservoir parking lots (see map in this handout). Vehicles MUST be parked in designated parking spaces only— violators may be ticketed or towed at owner’s expense. There is no guest or cadet parking permitted in the Harmon Hall parking lot on Friday. Private vehicles may not enter the Cadet Area during Parents’ Weekend.

Shuttle buses will operate from visitor parking lots on Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., transporting guests to and from the various events within the Cadet Area. Guests are also welcome to walk from the parking areas. Buses will stop at designated bus stops (identified by signs and benches). Shuttle buses will run from the Cadet Field House parking lot to Jacks Valley for the tour on Sunday. No shuttles will run on Thursday, Saturday or Monday (Labor Day).

See map in this handout for bus stops (marked with a small bus-shaped icon).

Throughout your visit, please be prepared with good walking shoes and bottles of water, since bus wait times may sometimes be longer than expected.

Although handicapped shuttles will be available throughout the Cadet Area on Friday, there may be extensive walking required from bus stops to your final destination. Please make sure to consider this when bringing elderly or infirm guests to the Academy.

Handicapped Information The designated handicapped lot for Parents’ Weekend is located immediately north of the parade field (see map). Disabled or handicapped guests should bring their state-issued “disabled/handicapped” placard (USAFA does not issue handicapped parking passes) and any walkers, wheelchairs, breathing support or other special-needs or medical equipment they require. If you are not able to bring a handicapped placard, you may speak with the parking attendant to be allowed to park in the handicapped lot. Handicapped shuttles will operate throughout the Cadet Area on Friday of Parents’ Weekend – we ask that no Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 8 more than one guest accompany the handicapped individual in order to ensure sufficient space for those who most need it.

Guests with serious medical conditions such as anemia, heart disease or pulmonary disease should consult their doctor about the need for portable oxygen or preventive medication and the advisability of traveling to the Academy. NOTE: The Academy is unable to provide wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and other medical equipment supplies. Please contact a medical supply distributor, your doctor or insurance carrier for your medical needs.

Handicapped information is available on the website at http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/parentsweekend/data/PW%20Handica pped%20services%20info.pdf. If you have any question, please email special.events@usafa.edu.

High Altitude Health Concerns The Air Force Academy Cadet Area is approximately 7,300 feet above sea level.

At this altitude, it is possible to contract an illness known as acute mountain or high-altitude sickness. The common symptoms of this disorder include headache, malaise, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. Most cases of acute mountain sickness are mild but the altitude may exacerbate other existing medical conditions. High altitude sickness usually resolves within a few days once an individual has had a chance to adapt to the increased elevation. The best way to avoid illness is to allow yourself to acclimatize: try not to over-exert yourself in the first days after your arrival and make sure to drink sufficient fluids to avoid dehydration. Don't go sightseeing at higher elevations (i.e., up in the mountains) until after you have been in Colorado Springs for a few days. Alcohol consumption may worsen these symptoms; if you must drink, make sure to do so in moderation.

Emergency Phone Numbers If you have a medical, fire or police emergency, please call 911 immediately.

You may reach Academy Security Forces at (719) 333-2000 or 333-4100. There are several major medical facilities in Colorado Springs to handle medical situations: Memorial Hospital Central, (719) 365-5000, Memorial Hospital North, (719) 364-5000, Penrose-St. Francis, (719) 776-5000 and St. Francis Medical Center, (719) 571-1000. Note there is no emergency room at USAFA.

Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 9 Parents’ Weekend Weather With guests coming from so many diverse areas to the Colorado Springs area, you should be aware of the potential for a wide variety of weather conditions during your visit.

Due to our location on the Front Range of the Rockies and our high elevation, weather at the Academy is highly unpredictable and can change rapidly, even from hour to hour. It can be sunny and warm one day and rainy, foggy and very cold the next day. Normal Colorado weather at this time of year is usually dry and warm with cool evenings and possible afternoon thunderstorms. However, we will occasionally get very cold, wet weather, and that could happen this year.

Guests should plan for all types of weather. We recommend you have sunscreen, clear, unopened water bottles and hats for good weather and raincoats, rain hats and umbrellas for bad weather. The USAFA weather site at http://www.usafa.edu/tu/306ftg/oss/weather/sevenday.cfm can help you plan your weekend.

SEVERE WEATHER. Colorado has more thunderstorm days than any other state except Florida. Severe summer weather may bring lightning, hail, torrential rain, flash floods and even the occasional tornado.

HAIL. The state’s mountains and high elevation increase the likelihood that hail will form in a thunderstorm, making Colorado one of the hail capitals of the world. Northeastern Colorado and nearby Great Plains states get more hail each year than any other part of the United States.

FLOODS. In late summer, flash floods may be a major weather hazard. Slowmoving thunderstorms can dump several inches of rain over a small area in a few hours, quickly saturating the ground. In steep mountain terrain, the runoff pours into streams and rivers, causing water levels to rise rapidly. Flash floods are responsible for many deaths, and nearly half of those fatalities are auto related—such as when people unwittingly try to drive through floodwaters. It only takes two feet of water to carry away most automobiles, and six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet. That is why, in a flash flood, it is best to leave your car, get away from the water, and climb to safety.

LIGHTNING. Lightning is one of Colorado’s most dangerous weather hazards.

Since the late 1980s, more people have been killed or injured by lightning than Parents' Weekend 2015 Page 10 by any other weather-related phenomena in Colorado. In an average year, lightning kills three and injures eighteen people.

Hiking during a thunderstorm in Colorado’s mountains can be very dangerous.

In the summer, thunderstorms typically begin to form over the mountains in late morning or early afternoon. To minimize your risk of exposure to lightning, it is best to hike early in the morning and watch the weather reports before heading out.

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