Air Force cadets invited to Maxwell AFB by Gathering of Eagles
On October 26th 20 MMI Cadets traveled to Maxwell AFB at the invitation of the “Gathering of Eagles” organization. The US Air Force Air Command and Staff College selects a handful of their students each year to head up ACSC’s capstone leadership and aviation heritage events. As part of their mission, the GOE conducts outreach events with selected groups. The MMI Cadets’ visit started with a command overview of ACSC. This was followed by an informal mixer at which the cadets had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with active Air Force officers representing a very diverse range of specialties. From fighter or transport pilots, space operators, to nurses and HR specialists the cadets could query them on any topic they were curious about, adding to their confidence on the next steps to take in their academic and military progression. At the conclusion of this event, the GOE presented the cadets with a lithograph of the achievements of the airpower leaders honored as eagles that year. Each class commissions a unique work of art. This one will be prominently displayed at MMI. The Cadets then had an opportunity to visit the 42nd Security Forces Squadron’s Dog Handlers Facility. Here they were able to tour the facility and witness a military working dog demonstration. Lastly, the Cadets were invited onto the flight line of the 357th Airlift Squadron. They were able to listen in on a mission pre-flight brief and received an orientation to the operations room. As the highlight, they were able to board one of the C-130s that was being prepared for a night training mission where they received a briefing on the aircraft from one of the command crew and crew chiefs.