The United States Air Force Academy is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force and United States Space Force north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the youngest of the five U. S. service academies, having graduated its first class 61 years ago in 1959, but is the third in seniority. Graduates of the academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U. S. Air Force or U. S. Space Force; the academy is one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting a million visitors each year. Admission is competitive, with nominations divided among Congressional districts. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets. Tuition along with board are all paid for by the Air Force. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation; the program at the academy is guided by the Air Force's core values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do", based on four "pillars of excellence": military training, academics and character development.
In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership; each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers. Prior to the academy's establishment, air power advocates had been pushing for a separate Air Force Academy for decades; as early as 1918, Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Hanlon wrote, "As the Military and Naval Academies are the backbone of the Army and Navy, so must the Aeronautical Academy be the backbone of the Air Service. No service can flourish without some such institution to inculcate into its embryonic officers love of country, proper conception of duty, highest regard for honor."
Other officials expressed similar sentiments. In 1919, Congressman Charles F. Curry introduced legislation providing for an Academy, but concerns about cost and location led to its demise. In 1925, air power pioneer General Billy Mitchell testified on Capitol Hill that it was necessary "to have an air academy to form a basis for the permanent backbone of your air service and to attend to the... organizational part of it much the same way that West Point does for the Army, or that Annapolis does for the Navy." Mitchell's arguments did not gain traction with legislators, it was not until the late 1940s that the concept of the United States Air Force Academy began to take shape. Support for an air academy got a boost with the National Security Act of 1947, which provided for the establishment of a separate air force within the United States military; as an initial measure, Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington negotiated an agreement where up to 25% of West Point and Annapolis graduates could volunteer to receive their commissions in the newly established Air Force.
This was only intended to be a short term fix and disagreements between the services led to the establishment of the Service Academy Board by Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. In January 1950, the Service Academy Board, headed by Dwight D. Eisenhower president of Columbia University, concluded that the needs of the Air Force could not be met by the two existing U. S. service that an air force academy should be established. Following the recommendation of the board, Congress passed legislation in 1954 to begin the construction of the Air Force Academy, President Eisenhower signed it into law on 1 April of that year; the legislation established an advisory commission to determine the site of the new school. Among the panel members were Charles Lindbergh, General Carl Spaatz, Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon, who became the academy's first superintendent; the original 582 sites considered were winnowed to three: Illinois. The Secretary of the Air Force, Harold E. Talbott, announced the winning site on 24 June 1954.
Meanwhile, Air Training Command began developing a detailed curriculum for the Academy program. From 1954 to 1956, the newly-created Colorado Land Acquisition Commission purchased parcels of land that would host the new academy; the first parcel purchased was the the largest. The purchase price was about $65 per acre. 140 different parcels were purchased to make up what is now a nearly-18,500 acre government property. The early Air Force Academy leadership had the model of West Point and Annapolis in designing an appropriate curriculum and campus; the academy's permanent site had not yet been completed when the first class entered, so the 306 cadets from the Class of 1959 were sworn in at a temporary site at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver on 11 July 1955. While at Lowry, they were housed in renovated World War II barracks. There were no upper class cadets to train the new cadets, so the Air Force appointed a cadre of "Air Training Officers" to conduct training; the ATOs were junior officers, many of whom were graduates of West Point, Annapolis, VMI, The Citadel.
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