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Ticket giveaway Wednesday for Air Force Academy graduation

May 16, 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 at 6:33 am
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The Air Force Academy Class of 2016 Graduation at Falcon Stadium on Thursday, June 2, 2016. (Gazette file photo)

Free tickets to the Air Force Academy's May 24 graduation rites will be given to the public Wednesday.

The graduation of about 1,000 academy seniors will feature remarks from Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the senior uniformed adviser to President Donald Trump.

In Colorado Springs, the public can get tickets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce office at 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 430.

In Monument, tickets can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tri-Lakes Chamber, 166 Second St.

Tickets are required to join the crowd in Falcon Stadium for the 9:30 a.m. graduation. Stadium gates open at 7 a.m., and spectators can expect airport-like security.

The academy suggests early arrival to avoid security hassles and long lines.

"All visitors should be prepared to show valid identification, vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance," the academy said in a news release. "Vehicles may be inspected upon entry."

Another note for visitors: While Colorado is cool with marijuana, the military isn't. So leave your weed at home.

Those not going to the stadium for the graduation can look to the sky May 24 and see part of the show.

The Air Force Thunderbirds will return to Colorado Springs for the first time since their show over the 2016 graduation ended with an F-16 crash in a field near the airport.

The jet's pilot was OK, and the incident was blamed on a maintenance problem.

The jets are a staple of the graduation, flashing over the stadium at the instant cadets toss their hats skyward to signal their completion of four grueling years at the school.

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Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

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