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Life returns to normal at Air Force Academy

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A uniformed sentry paces the Terrazo at the US Air Force Academy A uniformed sentry paces the Terrazo at the US Air Force Academy
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At the Visitors Center, the Cadet Chapel, even on the Terrazo; Saturday morning at the US Air Force Academy was very much, well, normal. Looking around, you'd never know that 12 hours earlier the campus was locked down over fears of an active shooter. That incident ended without a single shot fired and no injuries.

The Academy attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The Young family came from Utah to see a relative who works here.

"We were actually just sitting around talking late into the night in the living and actually got a few texts and phone calls because he works here," explained Wade Young about how they learned of the lock down.  "It was definitely out of the blue we did not expect that at all."

Rachel Scott came from Iowa to visit her boyfriend and attend the annual Cadet Ball. Scott is traveling with her and her boyfriends parents.

"She got a text, that's his mom, just saying pray for Jackson and stuff because there's an active shooter on the base," Scott recalled. "Then we read an article and they said it was all okay."

t's been a high profile week at the Academy, starting Thursday with reports of racist graffiti tagged outside the prep school dorms. The incident prompted Superintendent Jay Silveria to declare in his now viral address to the Cadet Wing, "if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect then get out."

Despite all the attention, the visitors we met seemed happy to enjoy the Academy for what is and not let current events ruin their day.

The Visitors Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Cadet Chapel is also open from 9-5 six days a week. On Sundays, the chapel is opens from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Visitors may be asked to provide a photo ID to enter the Academy property as per routine security protocol.

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