Integrity, Service, Excellence

The United States Service academies, also known as the United States Military Academies, are federal academies for the undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers for the United States Armed Forces.

There are five U.S. Service academies:

The Air Force Academy is one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, sitting at the base of Pikes Peak and attracting more than a million visitors each year. A 14-minute movie highlighting the academy experience is shown throughout the day in the 250-seat theater. The exhibit area features displays on history and cadet life with specially designed exhibits explaining how the program at the Academy is guided by the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do”, and based on four “pillars of excellence”: military training, academics, athletics and character development. The 5,652-square-foot exhibit area includes video and static displays, a hometown map, and a historical exhibit featuring information on Academy history, current and former superintendents and other significant features of the Academy’s history. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A short hike along the campus will bring you to the Cadet Chapel, a beautiful architectural specimen that has become iconic of the Academy itself. Although the Chapel is occasionally closed for weddings and private ceremonies, it is usually open to the public and available to tour. A variety of religious services are also held there, and are open to the public. The Chapel is stunning, but everything about the Academy is worth seeing – it is steeped in history, patriotism and beauty. A day at the Academy makes a worthwhile *little* vacation for the whole family.

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