Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Zoomie18, Mar 30, 2014.
Does anyone know if USAFA sends someone to recognize appointees at high school awards day?
That's something your ALO is for
I honestly wouldn't even venture that far. Your ALO's primary job is to be an Air Force Officer and probably doesn't really have time to announce appointments at High School Awards Ceremonies.
Nor would the AF have any budget allocated to send a representative to every appointee's hometown ceremony.
Just have a high school official announce it.
I'll invite him to recognize it, if his schedule permits. (in a formal letter of course) If not, it's okay. I was just wondering.
Both my DD and DS's ALO presented their appointment at their HS awards ceremony. They were different people by the way. Happened in 2010 and 2012. If they have the time available I am sure they would enjoy presenting. Realize that their other jobs may be a conflict, but other than that it has been my experience that they enjoy the awards presentation too.
It also helps that my ALO Officer is retired, but that still doesn't mean his schedule is not busy.
My ALO has done it in the past, and copied me on an email he sent my principal asking if he could present my appointment at our senior award night. I feel that it is an honor for ALOs to present appointments, and I'm sure that they would always be more than willing to do so.
Okay! Did you have to tell your ALO you received an appointment, or did he/she already know?
DD's ALO will present at the school's award ceremony as well.
Well, there you go. Sorry for the misinformation. I didn't have the pleasure of having my appointment announced.
At DD's high school our Congressman comes and announces the appointments. Its really quite moving.
My son's ALO said he wanted to present the appointment during senior award night.
My DD's ALO requested info on the ceremony and then handled all arrangements/permissions directly with the school (including a request to present early as he had to be at another presentation @ 150 miles away later in the day).
Couple of options:
* ALO presents - (I believe the academy gives them talking points)
* Local USAFA Parents Club presents - (Again, I think talking points are available)
* MOC/Office presents
* School Official presents
DS had options #2, DD will have option #1, seen other SA kids with options #3 and #4.
I wish someone had asked this question (or we had asked ourselves) when our DS graduated. My husband had a presentation at his senior award assembly without any requests made by his family. So, we kinda assumed (yea, I know....) that a presentation was something handled internally. Sat through a VERY long awards assembly, waiting, waiting, waiting. Watched DS get recognized for a state university presentation, then, nothing.
We are very proud of his accomplishment and were really hoping to have it recognized among his peer group. To this day, we have parents of his classmates surprised that he is at the AFA. Recognition would have been a great recruiting tool as well, since this area has very little AF participation.
Congratulations on your appointments--enjoy your final weeks of high school!
I completely agree. Of course it's wonderful for these best and brightest to be recognized publicly for the hard work and great choices they've made. But beyond that, it's an amazing recruiting/PR opportunity...
Like you, our HS is not in a particularly military-aware area. I can tell you the number of kids applying for SAs, ROTC and even Enlisting does in fact seem to have gone up after having seen a couple of their peers going on to SA's.
As our military continues to downsize, I believe it's more important than ever to attract the very best young talent our country has to offer. So if anyone hasn't already asked about who will present their DD/DS's SA "scholarship", you might want to. And even if your ALO cannot be present personally (they have a lot of these to do sometimes), they will more than likely be able to provide someone else some great talking points to use.
Thanks for posing this question! I knew nothing of this sort of recognition and quickly got on the phone to set it up at my DS school. The ALO thanked me for telling him about my DS Awards Day as he said they love to do this sort of thing!
This forum is priceless...
Ours wasn't available last year on our DS's award night but interestingly enough she sent someone in her place which was nice. We didn't have to coordinate anything, she handled everything.
Glad I could help! and I completely agree.. I ALWAYS find things on here that I don't know/ am very happy to find out about.
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