Cadet parents visit Academy, Pikes Peak Region

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A peek inside cadet life awaits cadet parents and families at the Academy's annual Parents' Weekend, Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday marks the influx of several thousand visitors to the Academy, along with parents club meetings.

Friday will be the first full day of Parents' Weekend, which brings an estimated 9,500 cadet parents and family members to the Pikes Peak Region for the Labor Day Weekend.

Marquee events for Friday include:

· The Parent's Weekend parade at 10 a.m., with pre-event aerial demonstrations such as parachuting and falconry starting at 9:30 a.m.

· The opportunity for parents to shadow their cadet through classes all day

· Breakfast or lunch in the Mitchell Hall Dining Facility

· Open house in each cadet squadron for their cadets' parents in the evening.
Parents will also be able to attend open houses at the Academy Airfield, meet the coaches of all Academy teams at the Athletic Department, and tour the new Indoor Training Facility.

Several sporting events are scheduled for Parents Weekend, including:

· Women's soccer versus the University of Northern Colorado, Friday at 5 p.m.

· Men's soccer versus Davidson, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

· Air Force football's season opener versus South Dakota on Saturday at noon

For more information on Parent's Weekend, go to

Note: News media representatives interested in attending the parade, and following parents, must contact the Academy Public Affairs office by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at (719) 333-7731 or 7639 to make arrangements for access and escort.