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About the U.S. Air Force Academy
The US Air Force Academy in Colorado, located north of Colorado Springs, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as second lieutenants. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, welcoming more than one-million visitors each year.
The US Air Force Academy in Colorado is perhaps best known for its stunning chapel. Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate chapel for four major religious faiths — Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist — plus an all-faiths room used by Muslim cadets and available for members of the other faiths as well. Each chapel has its own entrance, and services may be held simultaneously without interfering with one another.
The aluminum, glass and steel structure features 17 spires. There is no significance to this number. Original designs were too expensive, so changes were made, among them a reduction in the number of spires. The changes did not alter the basic design or the interior square footage of the chapel, however. The chapel structure cost $3.5 million to build. Furnishings, pipe organs, liturgical fittings and adornments of the chapel were presented as gifts from individuals, organizations, and donations from Easter offerings made at Air Force bases. The chapel was recently named one of CNN's most epic churches in America.
The Air Force Academy cadets compete on 27 NCAA Division 1 teams, primarily within the Mountain West Conference. Cheer on the Falcons at during their most popular sporting events including football, basketball, volleyball and hockey.