Air Force Cadets relocate to UCCS; campus no longer accepting evacuees as housing is at capacity

June 28, 2012
Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy, HQ/USAFA Public Affairs, (719) 333-7608
Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In an effort to reduce the footprint of cadets on the Air Force Academy and focus on the Class of 2016, Academy officials relocated approximately 550 cadets from Academy grounds Wednesday with 200 cadets arriving at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs late Wednesday night.

About 200 summer academics will live in UCCS student housing and continue coursework in temporary classrooms on the UCCS campus. The arrival of the cadets will not affect UCCS summer courses. However, UCCS can no longer accept evacuees from the Waldo Canyon Fire. More than 80 evacuees found refuge at UCCS and will receive up to three days housing at no charge.

“UCCS draws its strength from the community of Colorado Springs,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “We are pleased to assist the community in its time of need and to host the cadets.”

Brig. Gen. Dana Born, dean of the USAFA faculty said: “UCCS has been a terrific partner helping our faculty and cadets continue our academic programs while we focus on the Class of 2016 and in-processing,”

Commanders have suspended the airmanship program due to the current operational support of the Waldo Canyon Fire, and other training programs have also been postponed. These approximately 350 cadets have been released to their local sponsor families.

Academy officials want to ensure the public that the cadet area is currently not in imminent danger.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 9,300 students annually. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.