LOWRY AFB The History
                 Updated: 01/09/2018  09:02 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! A   side-note:   Walt   Disney   Studios   were   contracted   to   design   the   original   USAFA   student uniforms!
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.
#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.”
#2.    Doolies    in    formation    near    the    original    USAF Academy    school    buildings    at    Lowry    AFB,    including Bldg. 905.
#3.   Cadets   marching   out   of   Bldg.   905   to   their   next designated location (dinner?).
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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!
#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!
#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.”
#12.   Instructor   and   student   returning   from   a   training flight in a T-33 Shooting Star.
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Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation. 1955.  [Wings Museum] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Doolies in formation near school buildings 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Cadets exiting Bldg. 905.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [Wings] Doolies marching to the Mess Hall.  [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] USAF Academy "Doolies" first dining experience after having received their first proper haircut.  [Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  [Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  {Wings] Cadets preparing for the meal experience.  {Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] Cadets eating meal in the dinning hall.  [Wings] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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]