at 5220 Cedar Dr, Colorado Springs, 80840 United States
To motivate and prepare candidates for success at the US Air Force Academy
The U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School—usually referred to as "the Prep School" or "The P School"—was established in May 1961. The school's founder and first commander was Colonel Lee Charles Black. It is located on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy near the Community Center.
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*During the recent trip to West Point, one of the Preppies, Cadet Candidate John Griffin, took the time to jot down the experience. Take a look: "The trip to West Point, New York, to visit the United States Military Academy included a handful of Cadet-Candidates from the USAFA Prep school, including the football team and men’s basketball team. We flew in style on Air Force aircraft, traveling to and from on C-17s, C-130s, and KC-135s. The traveling alone was an amazing experience, being the first time for most of us to fly on an Air Force aircraft. In our first service academy competition, the Cadet Candidates’ football and basketball teams got the opportunity to compete against the Army Preparatory School squads. The atmosphere was phenomenal in both the basketball and football games, filled with the tradition that comes with inter-service academy competition. The basketball team came out with an overwhelming victory over the Army Prep team, 104-79. Our football team fought hard, but came up short in the end losing 35-17. Nevertheless, the games contained moments that many of us will never forget in our first trial against Army. During the trip we had a chance to stay caught up with our studies due to the help and guidance of Dr. Dibben, Science Instructor for the Prep School. He held frequent study sessions throughout the trip to prepare us for the upcoming graded review (exam) that we took on Saturday morning. Dr Dibben traveling with us gave the Preppies an opportunity to stay on top of the academic work, and to stay on the same timeline as the C/C’s back in Colorado. On Saturday, 1 November 2014, we supported the Air Force Falcons in their contest against the Army Black Knights at Michie Stadium. This experience was remarkable, giving us a chance to watch yet another Division 1 inter-service academy competition. The Fighting Falcons defeated the Black Knights 23-6, taking the Commander in Chief Trophy back to its proper home at USAFA. If anything, the trip to West Point only boosted our want to be here and enhanced our pride in being a part of the United States Air Force and the Air Force Academy. The trip, overall, was extremely successful for the C/C’s and everyone who participated. The memory of this experience is one we will never forget, cherishing it for years to come."
*Whew! First Quarter comes to an end, and the Second Quarter is knocking at the door. Your Preppies are enjoing a day (yep, a single day) of sports and regrouping before Quarter II begins on Thursday. Send them good, restful, brain-charging thoughts!
*Happy Mother's Day to all our Air Force mommas!
Attention parents, family, sponsors, and friends! Please feel free to email PrepInfo@usafa.edu with your questions, and the USAFA Prep School Staff will answer you in a timely manner.
Meet the Vice Commandant of Candidate Cadets, Major Joe Surita! Hometown: Mayville, Wisconsin AF Career: Enlisted in the Air Force in 1992 as a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Technician, and remained as an enlisted personnel before applying for and eventually getting picked up for OTS (Office Training School) in 2000, and beginning his officer career in Nuclear Operations (13N). Q: What motivated you to become an officer? A: I had really good leaders who challenged and encouraged me. One of them recommended that I pursue higher education, which I did in conjunction with working full time as an active duty airman. After finishing my degree, I saw that becoming an officer would be an opportunity to lead, and give back to the enlisted force. Having served as an enlisted member myself for 10 years, I think that experience has proven valuable in being a better officer, in that I am able to relate to the enlisted force better. Q: What do you want the Basic Cadet Candidates to take away from BMT (Basic Military Training)? A: I want them to be proud of themselves, proud of what they have accomplished. I also want them to understand discipline and respect—respect for themselves, respect for their peers, and for those in positions of authority. I want them to leave BMT with a basic understanding of what it means to be an Airman, and what it means to wear this uniform and serve as a member of our Air Force. Q: Have you noticed a difference from when the BCCs first started? A: Absolutely. In just a few days, they went from not knowing how to march, to now knowing how to look good in their uniform, and the value of teamwork. It’s not perfect yet, but every day they are improving. Q: Any last thoughts? Anything you want the parents to know? A: The BCCs are doing well. They are challenging themselves, as well as taking on the physical and mental challenges put on them—and they’re doing great.
*Congratulations, Graduates! No matter where the road leads you next, you'll forever be members of the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School Class of 2015. We are so very proud of you. Best of luck as you head off to your next adventures!