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Service academy bosses talk shop at AFA confab

Published: May 7, 2014, 12:13 pm, by Tom Roeder

PrintTop leaders of America’s service academies gathered at the Air Force Academy in April to mull budget woes and new techniques for teaching cadets.
“During the plenary session, representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy (via video teleconference) discussed similar challenges the academies are facing, from budget cuts to sexual assault elimination and character development,” the Air Force said in a news release.
“This is a historic inflection point; our academies are extremely similar,” Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the Air Force Academy’s superintendent, said in a statement. “(The Air Force Academy’s) essence easily translates across land, sea and air.”
The visiting academy leaders toured the Air Force Academy and viewed a parade of cadets. They also joined discussions on sexual assault prevention and the Defense Department’s proposed 2015 budget.
“Superintendents discussed the fiscal year budget cuts due to sequestration and the effects on training and education,” the academy said. “The panel’s consensus was to create a cross-functional team to develop a strategic look at the essence of service academies.”