Superintendent holds second state of USAFA address, discusses goals and plans

U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson holds second state of USAFA address/Christina Dawidowicz FOX21
U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson holds second state of USAFA address/Christina Dawidowicz FOX21

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Lt. General Michelle Johnson held her second State of the U.S. Air Force Academy address Tuesday morning.

The meeting consisted of several community leaders, all coming together to discuss the academy’s goals and plans for the future.

The superintendent also discussed the importance of these meetings with the community, adding it helps in continuing to build good community relationships and partnerships.

Two city council members who were there said Johnson touched on two important city issues, including stormwater and noise complaints.

“There may be 60 people total out of a town of 440,000, and not all these are Colorado Springs residents. Some of them are county residents, so you’re really talking 60 people out of 600,000 that complain about the noise,” said Don Knight, Colorado Springs city council member for District 1.

“Woodmen and Academy Boulevard were dirt roads essentially. Union wasn’t extended, there was no development at North Gate. So, the city has built up around the Academy significantly,” said Larry Bagley, Colorado Springs city council member for District 2.

Some of the things in store at the Academy include building a visitor’s center into the north gate, which city council members say could be a significant economic generator.

According to Johnson, the academy brought nearly a billion dollars to the city’s economy in 2015.

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