President: Christy Keating (Jimmy 21& Ryan 23)
Recording Secretary: Judy Pole (Doug 23)
Corresponding Secretary Timeka Rashid (Nasir 24)
Treasurer: Charity Thomas (Jaret 23)
Why USAFA Parent Clubs exist because the Service Academy experience is not like any other college. If you are not a Service Academy Graduate, you simply cannot understand it. Parents of cadets and graduates don’t understand what it’s like to be a cadet, but they do understand what it’s like to be the parent of a cadet. Parent Clubs exist to pass that experience on to new parents so they can learn faster, make fewer mistakes, and be more supportive.
Parent Clubs exist because try as we may, the hardships associated with the regimen cannot be adequately articulated. The pressures on the cadets and their parents are enormous from the very beginning and often disrupt communications between them. An appointment offer to attend the Air Force Academy is prestigious and comes with a full scholarship. “How do I tell Mom & Dad I’m not sure if I want to go?” “How can I help my son/daughter make the right decision?” These are questions that Parent Clubs can help answer.
Parent Clubs exist to help parents support their cadet. The Academy experience is not designed to be “fun,” at least not all the time and especially not the first year. How do you support your cadet and encourage success? One thing that has significantly changed cadet life is email. Once the academic year starts, cadets can contact their parents daily, but this is a mixed blessing. It may make the cadet feel better to tell Mom and Dad what a miserable day he/she had, but Mom and Dad may be alarmed by what they hear. How do you know when your cadet is just “venting” and when he/she is saying “I’m not sure this is right for me.” Parent Clubs can help. Parent Clubs can be a support group for parents who want to help their cadet be successful in an environment with which the parents are totally unfamiliar.
Parent Clubs exist to have fun with cadets. Shared experiences are usually more fun than solitary experiences. Summer picnics, trips to USAFA for Parents' Weekend, football games and tailgate parties, military balls. These are examples of activities that can be fun to do with your cadet along with other cadets and parents. These activities help parents live vicariously through their cadet.
Parent Clubs exist to support the Academy. They help recruit other outstanding young men and women for the Academy. They help host cadets when they travel for Academy sponsored events. They sponsor tailgate parties at away football games. They provide fans at other sporting events. They provide financial support for cadet activities which make the Academy a better experience for all cadets.
Parent Clubs provide extraordinary support to cadet parents, cadets, and the Academy. Join and support your local Parents' Club. You won’t regret it.
- Lt Col (ret) Gary Howe, Class of ‘69
ABOUT NORTHERN OHIO AIR FORCE ACADEMY PARENTS ASSOCIATION
We are the parents of cadets attending the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, as well as the Air Force Academy Prep School. We support our cadets individually and as a group, in both tangible and intangible ways, helping them in their aspirations to complete the rigorous training at the Academy. We support their efforts and help to prepare them for careers as officers in the U.S. Air Force. All parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and other family members are encouraged to join!