U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is the newest member of the Air Force Academy's Board of Visitors, his office announced today.
He was named to the board by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. The board will meet Friday in Washington, D.C.
From Bennet's press release:
“The Air Force Academy is both a premier educational facility, which provides cadets with a world-class education, and a vital component of our national security,” said Bennet. “The Academy represents the future of the officer corps, and I look forward to working with the Board on how to ensure these outstanding young Americans continue to receive a 21st century education.”
The Board is similar to a Board of Regents at a civilian university and inquires into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other matters relating to the Academy which the Board decides to consider.
Board members appointed by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee sit on the board until they resign, are relieved or are no longer in office. Bennet will join current members of Congress serving on the board, including Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA).
Bennet visited the academy in late April.