Nov. 29, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Over the past two months, the Air Force track and field team have participated in Mission Partner Initiative events, when the three elements of the Academy life - military, academics and athletics -come together for dinners hosted by Brig Gen Richard Clark, the Academy's Commandant of Cadets, and his family.
The Mission Partner Initiative, in its first year, was created to bring together the Academy's three mission elements.
The men's track and field team (athletics) was joined at Otis House on Oct. 12 by members of Cadet Squadron 15 (military) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, while the women's team (athletics), Cadet Squadron 14 (military) and the Department of Philosophy (academics) held their Mission Partner Initiative event on Nov. 9.
"This is one of the finest initiatives that has come down from the Commandant in my 23 years at USAFA," head coach Ralph Lindeman said. "All of us have embraced the `Mission Partner' concept and thoroughly enjoyed connecting with our partner squadrons and academic majors."
Both Initiative events included an "Autumn Celebration"-themed dinner, followed socializing and team-building activities, such as video games and pool.
"Now, I'm already looking forward to see how we can involve our teams in some Squadron activities and hoping they'll reciprocate by having cadets from both of our partner squadrons and partner academic majors down to some track meets," Lindeman said.
The cross country members of the track and field team had their Mission Partner event in early October, featuring Cadet Squadron 32 and the Department of Computer Science.