The United States Air Force Academy is both a military organization and an accredited college for the undergraduate education of commissioned officers for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado. The campus of the Academy covers 18,000 acres on the east side of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Academy's mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Regular United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year.
Much of the Academy is set up like most other Air Force bases, particularly the 10th Air Base Wing, but the superintendent, commandant, dean of faculty and cadet wing are set up in a manner resembling a civilian university.
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