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Let's Do a Contest! THE CONTEST IS OVER

THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER.
Congrats to Jennifer H from Meridian, ID!
The correct answer was:
- F-15 Fighting Falcon
- F-10D Thunderchief
- F-16A Fighting Falcon
- F-4D Phantom
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Contest time!!! The first person to call 719-247-8700 and tell us which four static aircraft displays are in the cadet area (on the terrazzo) will win a limited edition Sink Navy shirt! If we do not answer, you do not win. Ready? Go!
 

Acceptance Day Formation

Hi Families!
Tomorrow promises to be good weather for the Acceptance Parade.   Here's the forecast.  Sunshine.  High 83F.  Winds NW at 10 to 15MPH.  Wear sunscreen!   The diagram below will show you where to sit for the best view of your cadet.  Remember, the Basics are marching in the academic year squadron, not their BCT squadron.  Here is how that translates.
 
Aggressors = Cadet Squadrons 1-5
Barbarians = Cadet Squadrons 6-10
Cobras = Cadet Squadrons 11-15
Demons = Cadet Squadrons 16-20
Executioners = Cadet Squadrons 21-25
Flying Tigers = Cadet Squadrons 26-30
Guts = Cadet Squadrons 31-35
Hellcats = Cadet Squadrons 36-40
 
 
Here is a WebGuy word to the wise.  The higher up you sit in the bleachers, the better your view of the parade.   The WebGuy team will be out in force.  Be sure to say hello if you see us in our gray polos.  
 

Transition to the academic year

Happy Sunday Families!
The WebTeam is enjoying a much needed day off.   Today and tomorrow are transition days for the Class of 2019.  (Doesn't that sound so much better than Basics?)  I thought I would let you know what is going on the next few days before classes start on Thursday and hopefully also answer some questions.  I am posting this on both the WebGuy blog and Facebook.  
 

First off, I know many of you are wondering about phones.  The answer at this moment is that it is up to each individual cadet squadron.   Summer program groups including BCT squadrons disbanded at 1200 yesterday.  Academic year cadet squadron commanders assumed responsibility for their units at the same time.  Demons, Barbarians, etc are no longer.  Now the (still) Basic Cadets are members of Mighty Mach One, Phantoms, Tiger Ten, etc.  Check out your Parent Handbook for a full list of all the cadet squadrons.  It is up to those cadet squadron commanders as to when they will have the use of their phones.   That being said, I am confident that you will have contact with your cadet prior to Acceptance Day.   I am equally confident that phone use will be highly restricted in the beginning.    Please remember that phone use is a privledge not an entitlement, so help them obey the rules and keep that privledge.  :-)   Please also avoid the temptation to call the Academy or your Cadet's squadron to get more clarification.  Remember my earlier post about distracting staff from the task at hand which now is getting the freshman processed into their squadrons and ready to start classes.  
 
So, here is what is happening between now and Tuesday.  No pictures today.   This morning they got up at a more normal time.  Pretty sure it was actually light out.  Breakfast was at 0700.  They still have to be escorted everywhere they go until after the Acceptance Parade.  They are also still not allowed to interact with upper class cadets other than those who were BCT cadre until after Acceptance.   After breakfast it is church or free time in the dorms until lunch at 1100.  This afternoon it's briefings on a variety of academic year topics, auditions for show choir for those interested and a briefing from the Athletic Director for all IC athletes.  After dinner, there are Drum & Bugle Corps auditions for those interested.   Taps is at midnight.  
 
Monday morning is really the beginning of the academic year.   Fall airmanship programs begin at the airfield for upper class enrolled in those.  (We will be covering those programs throughout the academic year).  Freshmen will spend the day being issued and setting up their computers and room keys, going to the warehouse for more issue items, meeting with their academic advisors, getting orientations to Fairchild Hall (the academic building), and the McDermott Library.  Basically the same things that all incoming college freshmen have to do.   Until now their days have been managed for them every minute.  Now they have to begin to manage themselves.  There are also Cadet Chorale auditions.  It is a full schedule until TAPS at midnight, but there is lots of individual time built in plus whatever briefings each individual squadron has.  
 
 Tuesday is Acceptance Day! 
 
                 
 
It is also a very full day schedule wise.  In addition to the Acceptance Parade and family time, there is textbook issue, computer training, clothing issue, mandatory briefings, IC practices,  plus optional auditions & rehearsals.  
Wednesday looks much like Tuesday minus the parade.  4th Class Cadets (whoo hooo)  begin running the strips, greeting upperclass and all the other 4th Class responsibilities, but they don't need to be escorted any longer.   All cadets will have briefings leading up to the first day of classes on Thursday. 
 
 Thursday night is the Commitment Dinner for the Class 2017. 
 
                
 
It is a very important milestone and a decision point.   Once the Class of 2017 reports for class the next day, they can no longer leave the Academy (willingly or unwillingly) without incurring a financial obligation to repay the cost of their education.  They are "All-In".  Hence the term "Commitment".   We will be there to cover the dinner.  The photos will be in a special gallery on the 2017 class page.  
 
Lastly...  What to expect from WebGuy.  Obviously, the summer training is our most in depth coverage.  We have taken close to 200,000 photos of ALL the USAFA summer programs including BCT, Prep School BMT, Jump, Soaring, RPAs, & ESET since the first summer period starting on 1 June.   During the academic year we will have something for you to see every week, but not necessarily every day.  We try to balance our coverage between Academics, Military Training, & Extra-Curricular activities like club sports, squadron activities, intramurals & anything else we're invited to cover.  As I have said many times, WebGuy's  goal is to provide a window into cadet life, but not necessarily a window into the lives of each individual cadet.   They deserve their privacy as they focus on the task at hand.  That being said, you should have lots of pictures for your scrap books when we're finished in May.  
 
Ok.  That's it for now.   Thanks for all the kind words in your Facebook comments, and all the goodies and treats.    We read every one.  We will continue to use FB  to communicate during the year.   Now, I am back to my day off.   See you all soon.   We'll have full coverage of Acceptance Day and hope to meet many of you at the Parade and also at the WebGuy Social during Parents Weekend.   
 
Best,
WebGuy
P.S.   Remember to check out the new WebGuy website now in Preview mode.  Here is the link  preview.usafawebguy.com.  You won't be able to see or download the photos from there till it goes live around Parents Weekend, but you can see the blog, free gallery, and the other links.  Let us know what you think.

BCT Coming To An End

Hello all. WebHatter here.
 
Everything from today is up in the Galleries for BCT so check out each Squadrons perspective Galleries and even the BCT Cadre Gallery for you Cadre Parents out there! The Basics' had a very busy day. Acceptance Day Parade Practice this morning, their first Noon Meal Formation since coming back from Jacks yesterday, a Luncheon and an Award Ceremony for some of the Outstanding Basics' and Cadre from BCT 2.
 
From now until Tuesday morning things will be slightly quiet around here. So now you've got some time to look back over the Galleries from the summer and find pictures of your Basics' that you haven't found yet. Your (ALMOST) Cadet 4th Classmen are now in their transition to prepare for the Academic Year. We are all so proud of them for their accomplishments over the course of this summer. We can't wait to see them on Tuesday in their Blues all classy looking (weather permitting).
 
We hope you all have a great rest of your weekend! See you on the Parade Field for Acceptance Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd BCT Awards Ceremony

After Acceptance Day practice, all Basics transited to the Commandant's Luncheon. During lunch was the 2nd BCT Awards Ceremony where members of the head table awarded Outstanding Basic Cadets, Cadres, and Squadron! Below is a list and pictures of the winners. 

Outstanding Basic Cadets:
Aggressors- Basic Hinz
Barbarians- Basic Coxen
Cobras- Basic Rossillon
Demons- Basic Klein
Executioners- Basic Palmer
Flying Tigers- Basic Matthews
Guts- Basic Henry 
Hellcats- Basic George

Outstanding Element Leader:
Cadet Dunn
 
Outstanding Flight Commander:
Cadet Crook
 
Outstanding Squadron Staff:
Cadet Sparling
 
Outstanding Operations Support:
Cadet Prince
 
Outstanding Group Staff:
Cadet Baron
 
Outstanding Course Staff:
Cadet Allen
 
Outstanding Squadron Commander:
Cadet Meyer
 
BCT Outstanding Squadron:
Demons
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptance Day Parade Practice

This morning all of the Basics formed up on the Stillman Field to practice the March On and Oath for Tuesday (Acceptance Day). They ran through the program three times and at the end they could probably do it with their eyes closed.  Can't wait to see them in their blues on Tuesday!



UPDATE: High Resolution Images Not Downloading?

Hello all, WebHatter here.

To all WebFamilies who might try to download high resolution pictures off of our website. We had a base wide power outage and our servers are down. So if you are getting an error page/message once you click on the download button. Whether it is for BCT, Prep or anything else. This is why. Once the servers are rebooted and power is back on, all should be well. Please let us know if you have any issues once the servers are back up. Thank you all for your understanding!

 
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UPDATE. Looks like all has been restored. Enjoy your evening!

Its Contest Time! THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER!

THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER!
Congratulations to Nancy A from California!
The answer was 19 Supers. The first was Lt. Gen Hubert Harmon and the current is Lt. Gen Michelle Johnson.
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To celebrate the basics making it through Jacks, how about we have a contest!
 
The first person to call (719)-247-8700 and tell us how many superintendents USAFA has had and who the first and current superintendents are will win a prize!

March Out of Jacks Photos

Hi Webfamilies!
All of the photos for the March out of Jacks/BCT 2 are up in their respective squadron galleries, so check them out!

March Out of Jacks

The Basics' are well on their way up to the Academy grounds.
 
Pictures are starting to go up for the March Out so check out the Galleries for pictures!
 
This will be the only thing we are covering today for BCT, tomorrow we will be covering the A-Day Parade Practice, NMF (Noon Meal Formation) and the Luncheon/2nd BCT Award Ceramony.
 
Hope you all have a great afternoon.
 
Happy Hunting!
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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