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Gates to speak at Academy graduation today

GreatAmericanGreatAmerican Registered User Posts: 6,414 Senior Member
Defense Secretary and former Central Intelligence Agency director Robert Gates will speak Wednesday at the Air Force Academy’s 2007 graduation ceremony.

Seniors, called first class cadets, will hear Gates speak at a 10 a.m. ceremony inside the academy’s stadium. They were sworn in as second lieutenants at various points around campus Tuesday....
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  • Falcons '11Falcons '11 Registered User Posts: 624 Member
    Cool. Thanks for the link.
  • NDNRangerNDNRanger Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Awesome day! Congrats new Lts!
  • Falcons '11Falcons '11 Registered User Posts: 624 Member
    Wow, this graduation is great (I'm watching it on the Pentagon Channel). It's pretty funny to watch the new Lt.'s run down the ramp after getting their diplomas. Several of the Lt.'s knocked each other down. Lots of hats fell off, too.

    I thought it was pretty funny when Secretary Gates mentioned the Dancing Cadet. Secretary Gates' speech was very inspiring, too. Congrats, 2007!

    Well, only 4 weeks till we head for the 'Springs!
  • hornetguyhornetguy Registered User Posts: 3,187 Senior Member
    Awesome speech for sure.

    The T-bird air show was awesome, amazing even! I had a good time there. It's something you all should look forward to if you intend to stick it out here!
  • jlb11jlb11 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Dr. Gates is an amazing speaker, i heard him at the last yell practice at A&M, when he was saying goodbye...had me in tears, as well as all the Corps guys, which was actually kind of amusing, but mostly moving!

    there's a Pentagon Channel? i guess i shouldn't be surprised.
  • hornetguyhornetguy Registered User Posts: 3,187 Senior Member
    I always feel at home with government officials, all of them seem to be from near me! Especially with many friends at A&M.
  • Falcons '11Falcons '11 Registered User Posts: 624 Member
    Yep, the Pentagon Channel is available on the East Coast and probably more places (not sure). All the news anchors are in uniform, which I thought was pretty cool. You can also watch it on the web, live. That's what I did, and then my Wi-Fi on my laptop lost the connection. Oh well, at least I got to see Secretary Gates' speech.

    hornetguy, where were the rest of the cadets during the ceremony? Oh, and congrats to you, 3-digs, on your newly aquired class status. I'm looking forward to seeing ya'll after Beast. Good luck with jump, hornetguy!
  • hornetguyhornetguy Registered User Posts: 3,187 Senior Member
    Thanks man.

    The rest of us were in the very top by the press boxes, which was actually a good location. Very awesome with the T-birds are only about 100 feet above your head!
  • msliconmslicon Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    It must have been so exciting to witness an academy graduation.
    Hornet, did watching the graduation make you feel any nervous anticipation of your own graduation?
  • hornetguyhornetguy Registered User Posts: 3,187 Senior Member
    It made me want mine to be here sooner! I had feelings of excitement seeing what's in my future. Happiest I've seen many firsties (now LTs!) in a long time.
  • 07PETKO07PETKO Registered User Posts: 1,275 Senior Member
    Congrats to the new 3 digs! By the way, Gates' entire speech can be seen here: http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/
  • melanie143melanie143 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Can I ask who were the people on the "stage"? VIPs, deans, etc?
    Why were cadets up there?
    Is the yellow sash only at graduation? Don't think I've seen that anywhere...

    Thanks for the link! Great speech!
  • raimiusraimius Registered User Posts: 2,360 Senior Member
    The VIPs were people like the Supt., Comm, Dean, SECAF, SecDef, and some other high ranking people. The cadets were part of Eagle 8, the top scoring squad this year.
  • AFDAD2010AFDAD2010 Registered User Posts: 545 Member
    ...And the yellow sash is worn by seniors and only graduating seniors.
  • melanie143melanie143 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Thanks for the help!
    So wish I coulda made it down there to actually know this stuff!!
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