USAFA to host character, leadership conference


The 21st Annual National Character and Leadership Symposium will take place from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28 at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The National Character and Leadership Symposium brings together distinguished scholars, military leaders, corporate executives, world-class athletes and others to explore a character-related theme.

This year’s theme is Character Overcoming Conflict: Individual Stories, Global Impact.

NCLS participants will have the opportunity to hear from more than 20 speakers and several panel discussions focused on understanding the importance and challenges of sound moral character and leadership.

“NCLS allows our cadets and faculty to explore challenging topics that are essential for their development as critical thinkers and professionals,” Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost, dean of faculty, said in a news release.  

“The insights and compelling stories often trigger important discussions that filter into the classrooms and dorm rooms across the Academy and beyond.”

This year’s speakers include Mike Farrell, actor, activist, and author; retired general Norton Schwartz, 19th Air Force chief of staff; Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command commander; and Dr. Heather Wilson, 1982 Academy graduate, former congresswoman and president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Since 1993, USAFA has hosted students and faculty from over 500 different schools, including civilian colleges and universities, ROTC detachments, service academies and international delegations.

The following groups partnered with the USAFA and the Center for Character and Leadership Development to host the conference: The USAFA Association of Graduates; The USAFA Endowment; The Anschutz Foundation; John and Lyn Muse Educational Foundation; The USAFA Class of 1973; The USAFA Class of 1959; The USAFA Class of 1974; The Air Force Academy Athletic Association; and the 10th Air Base Wing.

For more information about the symposium, click here.