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Gazette Premium Content Lengyel: Initiatives putting more responsibility on cadets

by Brig. Gen. Gregory Lengyel Air Force Academy commandant - Published: March 30, 2014

This month, we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Academy. As we look forward to another 60 years of producing lieutenants for our Air Force and leaders for our nation, we do so founded in our culture of commitment - commitment to the nation, to our Air Force and its core values, to our academy and to our fellow airmen.

The foundation of commitment to service to our nation means doing things right, and in the absence of specific guidance, doing the right things. Going forward, and based on the foundation of tradition from the previous 60 years, we are implementing new initiatives to put more responsibility on the shoulders of the cadet chain of command and emphasize a strong sense of duty, commitment, and accountability.

We are giving the cadet leadership more responsibility and more authority. As the Commandant I have seen the cadets step up and run the cadet wing with confident, yet humble ownership.

Confidence and humility are also a hallmark of the Commandant of Cadets' staff. Our professional officers, enlisted personnel and civilian airmen are proud to ensure the Air Force's only academy continues to advance its proud legacy of graduates who are humble, competent, confident and trustworthy.

Preparation for leading our nation now and into the future begins by ensuring our cadets are immersed in the traditions and professional values essential to the institutional character of the Air Force. They experience an intensive professional military environment while achieving a four-year college education.

This leadership training environment crystallizes their intentional commitment to the core values of our Air Force and enables them to become fit, ethically based, service-minded officers prepared to lead and mentor airmen.

Our military, academic, athletic and extracurricular programs are second to none. They expose cadets to the modern way of warfare and prepare cadets for operational careers.

These activities provide cadets their first exposure to how the Air Force applies and projects airpower. They expose cadets to critical thinking and the spirit of competition. Together, these experiences develop an operational mindset and systemic appreciation for the wide spectrum of the Air Force missions and uniquely postures cadets for the profession of arms.

Our mission is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation, and we've been striving to get better every year since 1954. Happy 60th, USAFA!

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