Academy cadets building homes for the Navajo


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May 5, 2007

Air Force Academy cadets on the engineering track are building modified versions of traditional Navajo homes for a struggling Native American tribe.

The low-roofed, eight-sided wooden homes, called “hogans” by the Navajo, are pieced together near the academy and then shipped more than 500 miles to Gallup, a western New Mexico town home to many members of the Navajo Nation....


Sophomore ROTC cadet Evan Robertson installs ceiling insulation in one of two hogans. The two homes being built will later be donated to members of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.


Cadet 2nd Class Holly Bigalow installs wiring in one of two hogans, a cadet-designed version of traditional eight-sided Navajo homes, during the Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory course running June 4-22.