CO Cadets-Middle East

More than 100 Air Force Academy cadets will get a firsthand look at how the service operates during war this summer.

They will spend a month in places such as Kuwait and Qatar where they'll be deployed with Air Force units supporting campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The deployments began with cadets heading out on Sunday.

They are part of a larger program that sends cadets to Air Force bases abroad during the summer between their junior and senior years.

It's the second year cadets have been sent to non-combat zones in the Middle East.

Senior cadet Elizabeth Brende will be working with Air Force computer experts to keep the network in Qatar running.

Qatar is a logistics base where most supply flights in Iraq and Afghanistan begin.

Brende says she believes her deployment to Qatar will make her a better officer.