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Groundbreaking leadership

A schematic of the impressive architecture the new Center for Character and Leadership Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy

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A schematic of the impressive architecture the new Center for Character and Leadership Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy will have featuring a steel and glass tower aligned with Polaris, representing true North and symbolizing the traditional means of navigation that has long guided travelers.

Last April, with the support of Boeing, the U.S. Air Force Academy announced plans to build the Center for Character and Leadership Development on campus. On Friday, crews broke ground to begin construction.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg sat with hundreds of cadets, graduates and other dignitaries in attendance as Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould told the audience he was excited to get the project under way.

“This is a special day for all of us. We are thrilled and honored to be in this position, on this day, at this occasion, to start this monumental process of constructing the CCLD, which is completely devoted to the core mission of the Academy,” he said.

“The new Center puts the U.S. Air Force Academy at the forefront of leadership development nationally,” said Col. Joseph Sanders, CCLD director. “This facility will serve as an iconic reminder of the importance of leadership for our cadets now and in the future.”

The primary mission of the CCLD is to support the Academy’s first strategic goal, developing leaders of character. Boeing donated $1.5 million toward the project; the late Sandy McDonnell, former chairman of McDonnell Douglas, and his family contributed $5 million.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with our customer,” Muilenburg said. “It’s about a common intersection, and common interest we have to develop the best leaders for our company and our country.”

Construction on the new facility is expected to be completed in two years.

For more information on the new Center for Character and Leadership Development, visit the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site at http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123323480.