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Falcons tour training grounds of Navy SEALs near San Diego

Published: February 16, 2014, 11:27 am, by Brent Briggeman

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Air Force basketball players were given a tour of Navy SEALs training facilities on Coronado Island, near San Diego. (PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CAPT. NICK WELCH)

Air Force basketball players were given a tour of Navy SEALs training facilities on Coronado Island, near San Diego. (PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY CAPT. NICK WELCH)

The Air Force basketball time utilized its extra time away from the academy to take a military-related field trip.

In what was universally regarded as an “eye-opening experience,” the Falcons toured Navy SEALS training grounds on CoronadoIsland near San Diego.

The Falcons, of course, are put through tests far beyond their typical college peers between basic training and military lifestyle. But this was a whole different level.

“It’s not like that,” sophomore Tre’ Coggins said. “Not even close.”

Added junior Kamryn Williams.

“It’s not something I would want to do, that’s for sure.”

The cadets did see some similarities, from the structure of different stations to the formations for certain calistenics all the way down to the footprints to show where and how to stand.

“What they do is unbelievable,” Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich said. “I really thank them for what they do. It was awesome for our guys to see that.”

With games in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday and San Diego on Saturday, it was not feasible to return to Colorado Springs for what would have been a half day of classes. Instead, the team utilized the time to work with traveling tutors, take tours like the one at CoronadoIsland and utilize the extra oxygen for some intense practices.

“It was nice being at sea level,” junior Max Yon said. “It was a business trip.”