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US Air Force Academy
3120 Academy Drive
Air Force Academy, Colorado 80840
Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM MST
Category: Programs

Event Co-Host:


It's only natural to think of Colorado Springs when talking about the state's significant federal programs and installations.

SMPS will be hosting April's Federal Luncheon on the US Air Force Academy's campus at the Falcon Club. We'll welcome a panel of local federal leaders to the stage to discuss the evolving landscape of military affairs combined with community growth. Panelists will speak to the needs they’re experiencing in the market, anticipated infrastructure funding and projects planned for the future. This will also be a great opportunity to connect with influential actors and decision makers in the space.

Before or after our event, there are several unique sites to visit at the Air Force Academy. The first item is a one minute drive from the Falcon Club, our luncheon location. The Air Force Academy has a self-guided tour web page for other wonderful ideas.  

A few important items:

  • Give yourself up to five to 10 minutes to get through the gate. It could be a quick process, but allow for a little time. It’s worth it!
  • Driver’s license, registration and insurance must be up-to-date. The front gate will ask for valid photo ID and may ask to view the back of your vehicle via the trunk door. For more information, see Getting On Base.
  • Carefully look at speed limits. They range from the 20s to the 40s. Nothing 50 or over!
  • The cadet area is off limits. The housing area is off limits. In-hand cell phone usage while driving is off limits. Taking your time and enjoying the amazing beauty is IN LIMITS!
  • The chapel does not allow for visitors. You can view the construction site from outside the closed perimeter. Parking for visitors is allowed by Arnold Hall and the planetarium. Arnold Hall has a Starbucks. 


Cameron Bowsky, PE
Matrix Design Group

Cameron grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, eventually attending the United States Air Force Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He served active duty for six years, starting at Barksdale AFB, LA and finishing his military service at Misawa AB, Japan. He extended his commitment to the Department of Defense another four years through civil service at Misawa AB, Japan, Schriever AFB, CO, and US Space Command. After a decade of public service he transitioned to the private sector, having spent the last two years working as a consultant with Matrix Design Group (an engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services firm). Locally, he serves as a Program’s Chair for the SAME Pikes Peak Post, hosting monthly innovation and opportunity events for industry and military partners alike. At the national level Cameron was the key facilitator in for the most recent phase of an SAME-led Industry-Government Engagement Project dedicated to the exploration of “Alternate Delivery Methods” supporting the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Construction.



Heather Duggan, PE
Area Engineer 
US Army Corps of Engineers 

Heather began her career with the Army Corps of Engineers in 2008. She has held positions as a Project Engineer at Schriever AFB and the Air Force Academy. She was the Resident Engineer at Peterson AFB and the Fort Carson North Resident Office and did a temporary assignment at the District Office in Omaha prior to assuming her current position as the Area Engineer. Prior to entering service as a Department of the Army civilian, Ms. Duggan served 10 years as an active-duty Civil Engineer Officer in the U.S. Air Force. Her assignments included Travis AFB, CA.; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; Osan AB, South Korea; McCord AFB, WA and Langley AFB, VA. She also spent time deployed to Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Baghdad Iraq. She held various positions at the Squadron and MAJCOM level during her time in the Air Force.

John Sanders, LEED GA
Fort Carson Master Planner 
DPW Acting Chief - Planning Division 

Paul Rochette
Military Program Planning Manager
Pikes Peak Council of Governments

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Note: Only SMPS Colorado Members may register at member pricing. All ticket prices increase $25 on April 22.
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