Smart See, Smart Do: The United States Air Force Academy
Jul13

Smart See, Smart Do: The United States Air Force Academy

Planes aren’t the only things touching the sky at the US Air Force Academy. Photo Credit: Visit Colorado Springs  The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an architectural masterpiece that brings in more than half a million visitors every year. The design features an aluminum, glass, and steel structure and 17 spires reaching 150 feet into the vast skyline. Construction on the landmark began on August 28, 1959 and was completed in 1963 at a cost of 3.5 million dollars. The principal designer was Walter A. Netsch Jr., who studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Furnishings, pipe organs, liturgical fittings and adornments of the chapel were presented as gifts from individuals, organizations, and donations from Easter offerings made at Air Force bases. The chapel is an all-faith worship center. It contains separate places of worship for cadets of the Jewish, Buddhist, Catholic, and Protestant faiths as well as an all-faiths room that is used by cadets of the Muslim faith and is available to others. Each chapel has its own entrance, and services can be held simultaneously without interfering with one another. Cadet Chapel is open to visitors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Large groups can request a guided tour by emailing cadet.chapel@usafa.edu. Worship services are open to the public. To learn more about the United States Air Force Academy, visit the admissions page, where you can learn about how to apply, summer camps, the daily life of a cadet, and more. The Academy is open to visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, call the visitor center at (719) 333-2025 or go to the visitor information page on the web. HQ USAFA/RRS2304 Cadet Dr., Ste. 2300USAF Academy, CO 80840www.usafa.af.mil Planning to visit the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs? Click to search for a nearby hotel. Be sure to check out our college Travel Tips section to help you plan your visit. You may also download or print our free Smart College Visit evaluation form to help keep track of all of your campus visits. *** Valerie McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University. Val will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. Smart See, Smart Do™ is a regular series appearing on...

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Travel Smart
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Travel Smart

What’s the best way to travel smart? Whether on the road or in the air, the one place you need you need to be is in the know. Planning is key! Take advantage of the many tools available at your fingertips. Here are some suggestions: Check your flight status or get the 511 from state transportation centers. Find out what your road trip will cost for gas. Use the fuel calculator to linked below. Be as prepared as you can for weather woes. Always check the weather before heading out. Make sure there’s room at the inn. If you need overnight accommodations, advance reservations can save you trouble and money. Travel safe. Travel smart. Smart Fuel Calculator FAA: Flight Delay Information State Transportation Web Sites The Weather Channel If you’re traveling to visit a college, you’ll want to find a hotel near campus. Luckily, our Explore Colleges section does that for...

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