MacDill Airmen pay visit to U.S. Air Force Academy
by 2nd Lt. Larry van der Oord
The 6th Air Mobility Wing commander led a team of Airmen from MacDill to the U.S. Air Force Academy Oct. 21 to visit MacDill's "sponsor squadron."
Brig. Gen. Tanker Snyder, along with 42 active duty members, made the trip out to Colorado Springs to visit members of the academy's Cadet Squadron 32, Roadrunners.
MacDill is one of many bases that participate in the sponsor program. The program is in place to help foster a continuing partnership between active-duty bases and the 36 cadet squadrons at the academy.
"The trip provided our Airmen from MacDill a chance to see the academy as one of the possible commissioning sources, and it gave them the opportunity to interact with the cadets," said General Snyder. "The cadets benefit as well, because they are able to meet some of their fellow Airmen who can help them better understand the operational perspective in the Air Force."
While at the academy, the group from MacDill toured the entire campus including cadet dorms, the dining facility, academic classrooms, athletic facilities and the cadet chapel. MacDill Airmen were able to speak to an academy admissions counselor about the procedures involved in becoming a cadet and a future officer in the Air force.
The group took part in three different information sessions with the cadets during the visit.
"I really enjoyed the mentoring sessions we had with the cadets," said 1st Lt. Dave Adams, former academy football standout and 6th Comptroller Squadron deputy budget officer. "We were able to learn a lot about each other through open, two-way communication." The group wrapped up the weekend by taking in the Air Force vs. Brigham Young University football game at Falcon Stadium Saturday.