LOWRY AFB The History
                  Updated: 11/03/2017  07:27 Originally Published: 01/01/2017  07:28
When Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott announced on 24 June 1954 that the permanent home of the soon to be United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) would be at Colorado Springs, Colorado, came the word that the interim site for the USAFA would be Lowry AFB. Further, it was stated that the first cadets would enter training at Lowry in July of 1955. The first class of 306 young men started on July 11, 1955 and thus began the tradition and honor of the Air Force Academy at Lowry AFB. The cadets were to call Lowry home for the next four years.
Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum]
#1. Lowry AFB’s USAF Academy “Doolies,” first-year (freshmen) cadets in formation. Cadets would fall in, line up at arm’s length, and march in step “en masse” to school, dining, or other activities where their presence was required as a group. The origin of the term “doolie” may have originated from the Greek language word “doulos,” translation “slave.”
Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings]
#2. Doolies in formation near the original USAF Academy school buildings at Lowry AFB, including Bldg. 905.
Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings]
#3. Cadets marching out of Bldg. 905 to their next designated location (dinner?).
Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  {Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  [Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  {Wings]
#6. Cadets preparing for a meal, wearing their newly acquired uniforms and sporting a proper head of hair. Cadets would gather around their respective designated tables, then, after having assumed a position of attention behind their chairs, would sit in unison upon command to consume their meal within a given time frame.
Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings]
#7. Cadets having been properly seated in the dinning hall would attempt to sit at attention, properly wielding their eating utensils while politely masticating their properly prepared and served food. NO slouching permitted! Proper posture was to be maintained at all times! Most comply. Those who don’t would receive demerits (gigs) and suffer the consequences.
USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings] USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings] USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings]
#5. Doolies experiencing their first meal after having received a proper haircut at the Base Barber Shop. Utensils are all properly lined up alongside the plates...one of the first demonstrations of discipline in every aspect of their lives to be experienced over the impending next four years of their lives at the Academy.
Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings]
#4. Doolies marching to the Mess Hall (AKA “Dinning Facility,” “Chow Hall”). Given the length of the shadows, this would be early morning at first daylight or late evening.
Cadet Dale Griffin, circa 1955-1959, with his footlocker.  [Wings] Cadet Dale Griffin, circa 1955-1959, with his footlocker.  [Wings] Cadet Dale Griffin, circa 1955-1959, with his footlocker.  [Wings]
#8. Cadet Dale Griffin (circa 1955-1959) with his issued footlocker. Foot lockers contained the entirety of one’s personal possessions while in attendance at the Academy. Footlockers were usually located in a permanent position at the foot of one’s bunk, and often opened during inspections. There was also a dedicated room in the barracks utilized for the storage of one’s personal baggage as well, typically located on the top floor of a two-story barracks building.
Cadets Jack Kieder and Robby, Aug 1955, in front of student barracks Bldg. 892.  [Wings] Cadets Jack Kieder and Robby, Aug 1955, in front of student barracks Bldg. 892.  [Wings] Cadets Jack Kieder and Robby, Aug 1955, in front of student barracks Bldg. 892.  [Wings]
#9. Jack Kieder and Robby, August 1955, in front of student barracks building 892. Upperclassmen would keep the underclassmen standing tall and would ensure their charges were also impeccably dressed I/A/W the uniform code!
Exercising Doolies, USAF Academy, Lowry AFB, CO, circa 1955.  [Wings] Exercising Doolies, USAF Academy, Lowry AFB, CO, circa 1955.  [Wings] Exercising Doolies, USAF Academy, Lowry AFB, CO, circa 1955.  [Wings]
#10. Individual fitness in terms of mind, body, and soul were provided for at the academy. Believing that physical fitness is the key to success at the Academy, especially during Cadet’s Basic Training while in their freshman year, regular exercising activities were a part of a cadet’s daily life. This photo depicts the Doolies participating in such exercises!
USAF Academy students touring a P-80/T-33 Shooting Star jet fighter.  [Wings] USAF Academy students touring a P-80/T-33 Shooting Star jet fighter.  [Wings] USAF Academy students touring a P-80/T-33 Shooting Star jet fighter.  [Wings]
#11. Cadets are presented the opportunity specialize in various fields of endeavor while students at the Academy. Having endured the rigors of study involving the mechanics of flight, some USAF cadets become pilots. This photo depicts a cadet sitting in the cockpit of a Lockheed P-80/T-33 “Shooting Star.”
Returning from a training flight in a T-33.  [Wings] Returning from a training flight in a T-33.  [Wings] Returning from a training flight in a T-33.  [Wings]
#12. Instructor and student returning from a training flight in a T-33 Shooting Star.

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When Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott announced on 24 June 1954 that the permanent home of the soon to be United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) would be at Colorado Springs, Colorado, came the word that the interim site for the USAFA would be Lowry AFB. Further, it was stated that the first cadets would enter training at Lowry in July of 1955. The first class of 306 young men started on July 11, 1955 and thus began the tradition and honor of the Air Force Academy at Lowry AFB. The cadets were to call Lowry home for the next four years.
Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum]
#1. Lowry AFB’s USAF Academy “Doolies,” first-year (freshmen) cadets in formation. Cadets would fall in, line up at arm’s length, and march in step “en masse” to school, dining, or other activities where their presence was required as a group. The origin of the term “doolie” may have originated from the Greek language word “doulos,” translation “slave.”
Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings]
#2. Doolies in formation near the original USAF Academy school buildings at Lowry AFB, including Bldg. 905.
Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings]
#3. Cadets marching out of Bldg. 905 to their next designated location (dinner?).
Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  [Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  {Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  {Wings]
#6. Cadets preparing for a meal, wearing their newly acquired uniforms and sporting a proper head of hair. Cadets would gather around their respective designated tables, then, after having assumed a position of attention behind their chairs, would sit in unison upon command to consume their meal within a given time frame.
USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings] USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings] USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings]
#5. Doolies experiencing their first meal after having received a proper haircut at the Base Barber Shop. Utensils are all properly lined up alongside the plates...one of the first demonstrations of discipline in every aspect of their lives to be experienced over the impending next four years of their lives at the Academy.
Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings]
#4. Doolies marching to the Mess Hall (AKA “Dinning Facility,” “Chow Hall”). Given the length of the shadows, this would be early morning at first daylight or late evening.
Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings]
#7. Cadets having been properly seated in the dinning hall would attempt to sit at attention, properly wielding their eating utensils while politely masticating their properly prepared and served food. NO slouching permitted! Proper posture was to be maintained at all times! Most comply. Those who don’t would receive demerits (gigs) and suffer the consequences.
Cadet Dale Griffin, circa 1955-1959, with his footlocker.  [Wings] Cadet Dale Griffin, circa 1955-1959, with his footlocker.  [Wings] Cadet Dale Griffin, circa 1955-1959, with his footlocker.  [Wings]
#8. Cadet Dale Griffin (circa 1955-1959) with his issued footlocker. Foot lockers contained the entirety of one’s personal possessions while in attendance at the Academy. Footlockers were usually located in a permanent position at the foot of one’s bunk, and often opened during inspections. There was also a dedicated room in the barracks utilized for the storage of one’s personal baggage as well, typically located on the top floor of a two-story barracks building.
Cadets Jack Kieder and Robby, Aug 1955, in front of student barracks Bldg. 892.  [Wings] Cadets Jack Kieder and Robby, Aug 1955, in front of student barracks Bldg. 892.  [Wings] Cadets Jack Kieder and Robby, Aug 1955, in front of student barracks Bldg. 892.  [Wings]
#9. Jack Kieder and Robby, August 1955, in front of student barracks building 892. Upperclassmen would keep the underclassmen standing tall and would ensure their charges were also impeccably dressed I/A/W the uniform code!
Exercising Doolies, USAF Academy, Lowry AFB, CO, circa 1955.  [Wings] Exercising Doolies, USAF Academy, Lowry AFB, CO, circa 1955.  [Wings] Exercising Doolies, USAF Academy, Lowry AFB, CO, circa 1955.  [Wings]
#10. Individual fitness in terms of mind, body, and soul were provided for at the academy. Believing that physical fitness is the key to success at the Academy, especially during Cadet’s Basic Training while in their freshman year, regular exercising activities were a part of a cadet’s daily life. This photo depicts the Doolies participating in such exercises!
USAF Academy students touring a P-80/T-33 Shooting Star jet fighter.  [Wings] USAF Academy students touring a P-80/T-33 Shooting Star jet fighter.  [Wings] USAF Academy students touring a P-80/T-33 Shooting Star jet fighter.  [Wings]
#11. Cadets are presented the opportunity specialize in various fields of endeavor while students at the Academy. Having endured the rigors of study involving the mechanics of flight, some USAF cadets become pilots. This photo depicts a cadet sitting in the cockpit of a Lockheed P-80/T-33 “Shooting Star.”
Returning from a training flight in a T-33.  [Wings] Returning from a training flight in a T-33.  [Wings] Returning from a training flight in a T-33.  [Wings]
#12. Instructor and student returning from a training flight in a T-33 Shooting Star.
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