UPDATE: We just received this missive from John Van Winkle, academy spokesman:
The public is indeed invited to the event. We plan to issue a press release next week about it. And thanks for mentioning the Association of Graduates, as well. Our alumni association helped raise more than $10 million of private dollars for this Academy project.
Actually, it's the U.S. Air Force Academy's Endowment that's been raising the money.
————ORIGINAL POST, FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 12:37 P.M.————
After several years of fundraising and planning, the Air Force Academy will soon host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, a $40 million facility that will share space in the Terrazzo area near the Cadet Chapel.
It's unclear whether the public is welcome to the groundbreaking ceremony. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould has issued invitations (one of which was shared with the Independent), stating:
The Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy Lieutenant General Mike Gould invites you and your guest to a Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Center for Character and Leadership Development on Friday, the ninetheenth of October at ten o'clock in the morning Harmon Hall Honor Court, United States Air Force Academy. Reception immediately following - Arnold Hall Lobby.
We'll update when we hear back from the Association of Graduates, which has helped raise money for the project.