Next, we were driven to Schriever Air Force Base. Cell phones and cameras were not allowed in the facility area that we toured and we had to leave them in the vans, so there are no pictures for this part of the day. We had a great lunch at their Dining Facility which has won several dining facility awards. Lunch was awesome.
After lunch, we visited the 50th Space Wing where we learned about the mission of the squadron. We learned how important the 50th Space Wing is to our national security. Each door we passed through had to be entered quickly because security only allows 15 seconds to enter and the door must be closed or alarms will go off and the police and guys with guns are summoned. We then visited the 2 and 4 SOPS where we learned how they track satellites. (lol!)
We visited another section of the facility with lower levels of security. I now can safely write about what we saw without fear of getting in trouble! This group of Airman are responsible for our GPS satellites. They monitor, track, maintain and adjust satellite orbits when needed. We than traveled to the 527th Space Aggression Squadron. This is a unit responsible for training those who are involved in "Satellite Communications Jamming". All in all, very educational and an eye opener. Because of the need for engineers across our country, STEM training is encouraged in many aspects of a Cadet's education.
Polaris Hall ( at the Air Force Academy), was specially designed and built in 2015 to house the "Center for Character and Leadership Development". The leaning tower (1st picture) points to the North Star to symbolize the unwavering commitment to the "core values" believed and held by all academy cadets. A special room is used by cadets to hold hearings for students who have violated the core values. It is up to this panel of cadets to decide who must leave the academy and who will be allowed to stay and continue their cadet training.
|(Cadet's Hearing Room)|