A two-ship F-15 Eagles formation flies over the U.S. Air Force Academy Terrazzo. At the same time, cadets stand in formation at the beginning of the class of 2024's recognition in Colorado Springs, CO, on March 11, 2021. Recognition formalizes the freshmen class's identity as cadets. The freshmen are allowed to wear the Prop and Wings insignia upon successfully completing recognition challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)
Recognition is the formal three-day finale of the fourth-class (freshman) year when cadets are "recognized" as upper-class cadets and allowed to wear the Prop and Wings insignia on their flight caps. It is a ceremonial acknowledgment that the fourth-class has successfully met military training requirements and is prepared to continue the rigorous and rewarding Academy journey. Recognition consists of several activities including a leadership course, an assault course and "The Run to the Rock." In addition to challenging the fourth-class cadets, recognition provides the three upper classes with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Individual squadron ceremonies and a wing-wide celebratory evening meal mark the end of Recognition.
Recognition was the first major milestone the Class of 2024 shared at USAFA. The Cadets received the challenge coin that the Blue Class Spirit Committee designed and had minted. This coin was 100% funded by the family and friends of the Blue Class cadets. We could not have done it without you.
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