Air Force Academy announces longer visiting hours

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (KKTV) - Visitors can now go earlier and stay longer at the Air Force Academy.

The academy announced Tuesday it would be extending its civilian visitation hours to 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Previously, the installation was open to visitors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

“We are proud to be part of a growing Colorado Springs and Front Range community -- an exceptional place to live, work, learn and serve,” said Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria. “The supportive relationships and partnerships we enjoy here are a privilege, and we want this community to feel equally welcome at our academy. The expansion of our visiting hours is a step in that direction.”

Another change for guests: visitors without DOD credentials will now be able to use both gates, not just the north gate. Visitors will still have to have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and registration.

The change is effective now.

“Colorado Springs is crucial to our mission,” Silveria said. “We would not be able to graduate 1,000 cadets every year if not for the incredible community partnership that we share with the Front Range community. We’re open to the DOD community, our friends, our civic partners, and our extended civilian family members who may not have DOD credentials.”