Get to know your U.S. Air Force Academy.
FROM OUR MODERN-DESIGNED HALLS TO OUR UNIQUE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, WE INVITE YOU TO GET TO KNOW YOUR ACADEMY.
A cadet’s life is centered around eight major buildings, many of which were named after officers who are vital to the history of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
YOUR ACADEMY’S EIGHT MAJOR BUILDINGS
McDermott Library is on the north end of Fairchild Hall and boasts more than 1.8 million items, including nearly 1,000 research journals and more than 50 online subscription databases. The library is named after Brig. Gen. Robert F. McDermott, dean of the faculty from August 1956 to July 1968.
Harmon Hall, the administrative center of the Academy, houses the offices of the superintendent and staff. It is named in tribute to Lt. Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, the first superintendent of the Academy.
THE CADET CHAPEL
The Cadet Chapel serves as an all-faith center of worship for cadets and includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapels, an All-Faiths Room and Falcon Circle, each with its own entrance. The Cadet Chapel is both the most recognizable building at the Academy and the most visited man-made tourist attraction in Colorado.
Welcome to Polaris Hall, the newest structure at the Academy and home to the Center for Character & Leadership Development.
Crowned with an intricate framework of glass and steel, Polaris Hall features over 43,000 square feet that’s comprised of a large, centrally located lecture hall, state-of-the-art meeting and collaboration rooms, and the Honor Board Room.
The 105-foot tower is positioned to face the North Star, Polaris, and symbolizes the core values of the Academy. It’s here that cadets, instructors, military leaders, and public and private officials come together to instill in Academy cadets the integrity and moral compass that will guide them for years to come.
The CCLD supports all eight competencies of the Academy essence, in particular, developing character and leadership. The center’s activities and initiatives are firmly grounded in its conceptual framework for character and leadership development, creating an environment where cadets and faculty alike “own, engage and practice” the habits of honorable thoughts and actions in line with an identity of a leader of character. CCLD’s objective is to graduate officers who: live honorably, consistently practicing the virtues embodied in the Air Force core values, lift others to be their best possible selves, and elevate performance toward a common and noble purpose.
Today and for years to come, the impact of the public-private partnership that supported the construction of Polaris Hall will enable the integration of character and leadership education programs for the 4,400 students at the Academy and beyond. What takes place in the CCLD will challenge and change the way cadets think and learn.
FAIRCHILD HALL AND FAIRCHILD ANNEX
Fairchild Hall and Fairchild Annex are home to academic classrooms, including state-of-the-art science labs, departmental offices and an expanded cadet medical and dental clinic. The academic building is named after the
first commander of Air University, Gen. Muir S. Fairchild.
Arnold Hall, the cadet social center, has a large ballroom, a 2,804-seat theater, a food court and recreation areas. The building is named after the first general of the Air Force, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, chief of the Army Air Forces during World War II.
VANDENBERG AND SIJAN HALLS
Vandenberg and Sijan Halls are the cadet dormitories and contain living quarters, a store, barbershops, supply and counseling offices, and rooms for professional activities and recreational clubs. Vandenberg Hall is the second-largest university dormitory in the country, after the United States Naval Academy’s Bancroft Hall. The dorms are named after Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the second Air Force chief of staff, and Capt. Lance P. Sijan, the only Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor.
Mitchell Hall, the cadet dining hall, can serve meals to 4,400 people simultaneously, family style. Mitchell Hall is named in honor of airpower pioneer Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell.