A Parent's Guide to Year One at USAFA

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  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Parent 5-Year Member

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    DS was a Falcon Scholar who attended NWP. You can easily pick out the NWPers each I-Day. They are the ones in the Hawaiian shirts. DS was on the footprints for 3 entire cycles and received lots of attention, but that is the tradition for the NWPers, the cadre all know it, and the shirts are a form of comradery and a right of passage. DS is a 2016er and proud to be a Falcon and is so glad to have attended NWP.

    The Basic that surprised me was the one who showed up in a Spock uniform complete with the haircut. DS was a cadre that year and he, like many of the other cadre, went over to view this "unique" Basic.
     
  2. mikeytony

    mikeytony New Member

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    I thought I would chime in. Our DD wrote us letters during BCT and they were descriptive. Her toughest episode was the "Gas Chamber". One has to be in the chamber with concenrated teargas (or something like that) for about a minute. The last 15 seconds you to have to remove your gas mask and say something. In her case, she either did not have the mask on right or the filter did not work - she thinks the latter. She started gagging and coughing on entry. She was still crying 5 minutes after exit. A "near death" experience is how she put it. Anyway, she survived and so did everyone else. All is well. I think WebGuy rates difficulty levels at Jacks Valley on his website and rates gassing as #2. Our DD rated it #1
     
  3. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..."

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    What is #1?
     
  4. Daretodream

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    Funny story on the Gas Chamber. At the end of Jack's each squad picks someone to compete on each course. My DS was known for his knowledge. In the chamber they ask questions, so my DS got to do the chamber twice. He will tell you he still has nightmares over the experiences.
     
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  5. Capri120

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    Probably the Assault course. That's why at the end there is a sign saying, "Only the Strong Survived".
     
  6. Capri120

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    Another funny story about the tear gas, during one of the assault course runs DD was on, the Cadre accidentally used tear gas canisters instead of smoke grenades.
     
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    RPT1981 5-Year Member

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    We hosted as a local for our son and a sunset of his squadron....there were multiple going on that day, so they seemed to have fun hitting a few...we coordinated via email and FB with the other parents and designated spot....had a pop-up with chairs/tables near the Field House parking lot
     
  9. TinMan47

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    For those veteran parents, what time on Friday can families begin touring campus with their cadet? We have flight options to DEN for either Thursday night or one that arrives Friday morning at 7AM, so I'm trying to determine if we'd miss any time by showing up Friday morning. Thanks.
     
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  10. Capri120

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    Are you talking about Parents' Weekend?

    If so, on Friday last year, from 0820 - 0850, there were aviation demos from Wings of Blue, Gliders, and powered aircraft. The Cadet Wing parade starts at 0910. Campus tours begin after the parade, around 1000.

    So, if you do not arrive in Denver until 0700, you will be pushing it to get to the parade based on time in the airport, rental car agency, drive time from Denver.
     
  11. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    We arrived on Thursday of Parent's Weekend his Doolie year and were able to sneak in a quick visit with our son by meeting him at the Chapel after dinner. Friday's schedule starts pretty early as Capri120 said, so by arriving at 0700 in Denver you would miss most of the morning's events.

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  12. skismuggs

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    7 am is going to be too late. Give 30 mins deplaning, luggage, waiting for rental car shuttle. Another 15-20 to get out of rental car lot. 75-80 mins to get to USAFA. 15-30 mins parking and walking up to Stillman field. You would miss the pre-parade stuff plus the march on at least.

    Get in on Thursday around 4 ( before gate closes), bring food and find a spot to eat with your cadet. Much more enjoyable. Wake up later on Friday, eat breakfast and get to the academy around 730 if you want.
     
  13. Capri120

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    DH, DD's big sis, and I arrived around 4pm as well that Thursday (we drove) and were able to see DD and the D&B practicing their tunnel show moves on the field. Afterward, we were able to join her and the other members for a cookout and conversation for about an hour or so.
     
  14. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB 5-Year Member

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    My freshman year my family flew in on Thursday and I met them at the Chapel after tennis practice and before ACQ (academic call to quarters) where they brought me a pizza for dinner :) definitely made my day
     
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    parktrack "Target In Sight"

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    We were able to do the same last year. It was great getting to see DS on Thursday night. Agree with the rest of the comments relating to the schedule of events.
     

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