What’s my role at the Academy?
By Col. David Kuenzli, U.S. Air Force Academy inspector general
/ Published March 17, 2015
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --
Working at the U.S. Air Force Academy is extremely rewarding. Every year, one of the most exciting events is watching the graduating class throw their hats into the air as they celebrate their accomplishments of the last four years.
But, it takes a tremendous team effort by everyone at the Academy to position those new second lieutenants so they are ready to accept the incredible responsibility of being a commissioned officer. Every person assigned to the Academy has a role in the process. Do you know your role in accomplishing our mission?
The mission of the Academy is to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the Air Force in service to our nation.
We use several methods to fulfill this mission including:
-- Modeling character traits and leadership skills
-- Providing an interdisciplinary education that balances STEM - science, technology, engineering, mathematics - and liberal arts
-- Integrating the Air Force mission in air, space and cyberspace throughout the experience
-- Demonstrating the Air Force ethos - Airmen solve problems differently
-- An immersion in the Air Force professional culture
-- Providing competitive experiences to build resilience, grit and teamwork
-- Maintaining an exemplary installation that supports our mission and models the Air Force to one million visitors per year
At the end of four demanding years, we want all our graduates to possess the mental agility and inclusive perspective to solve the dynamic, interconnected problems they'll face as leaders. We want our second lieutenants to embrace a culture of commitment to country, service, unit and their fellow Airmen. We want them to embody character-based leadership with a respect for all.
During both the Management Inspection and the Unit Effectiveness Inspection, inspectors will conduct Airmen-to-Inspector General interview sessions with both individuals as well as groups of 10-15 people. These interviews will be your opportunity to discuss how you contribute to the Academy's mission and whether or not you think we're being effective and efficient. You may be scheduled for the interview by name; however, your responses and the content of the interviews are private. The inspectors will protect your confidentiality.
Thank you for all you do in making the Academy the Air Force's premier institution for developing leaders of character.