I agree with you the idea that they treat cadets like children, that's the training side. Many of us come out with very little sense of a 'real environment' that gives us room for errors and growth in leadership and management. I agree with you, I felt like a marching lab rat at least once a day. Yes, from that sense the wing is micromanaged and babied. If you develop a good sh**screen, as I like to call it, you learned to filter the crap and look up to officers (like my AOC, Lt. Col. Mackenzie) who have experience and knowledge of a wider, more complex Air Force. After several years in active duty, my AOC is still one of the finest officers I know (next to my husband). I'm sorry that your sh**screen (and your friends) did not help you get through 4 years. May 27th was a wonderful day.
However, since the article is about General Born and the academic side of USAFA, I'll tell you that my Political Science program was excellent. I learned so much from both military and civilian instructors in my department in applicable studies on East Asia, the Middle East, etc. In other departments, I studied psychological operations, I took a scuba class, I jumped off a 10m diving board. The study abroad programs including Olmstead programs and the summer language immersions cannot be beat. Cadets have the freedom to structure their abroad programs by submitting proposals on countries of interest. Travel and get paid? Heck yeah!
They launch satellites, they design planes. In recent headlines they bite each others ears (I wonder if Mitch's is feeding them properly). I wonder, Mr. Rowe, were you there long enough for your First Shirt First Snow?
Thank you Colorado Springs Independent for your misconstrued, biased, inaccurate portrayal of General Born.
This constant attack on the leadership of the Air Force Academy and their Christian fundamentalist views is inappropriate and inaccurate. In my four years as a cadet, never have I once felt that the faculty or military leadership at my school pushed a Christian agenda. The Cadet Wing may represent a largely Protestant body of Americans, yes, however, remind yourselves that the Cadet Wing is only a reflection of the demographics of American society.
Secondly, be advised that Mr. Weinstein has long since held a vendetta against the US Air Force Academy. His dramatic rants include blaming fundamentalist Christians for forcing Nidal Malik Hasan over the edge, resulting in the Fort Hood incident. He has remained hostile against the smallest of things, like accusing USAFA of Christian proselytizing because of student involvement in the USMC's "Toys for Tots." Please. Some poor child is not getting a toy for Christmas because it would offend non-Christians? Maybe the separation of church and state is something that we need contend with as a nation, however, will we do so at the expense of goodwill and compassion?
I salute General Born's work as the Dean at USAFA. The academic program of the Air Force Academy is one of the best in the nation, with many thanks to her in fostering an open-minded, diverse, albeit challenging curriculum. Lieutenants graduate with broad knowledge and in-depth experiences that they will take with them through their military careers and beyond. USAFA has created Rhode Scholars, doctors, astronauts, and senators, and most importantly, the men and women that lead your Air Force. General Born, I commend you and thank you for all you have done for the Wing.
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