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Walter Netsch’s original design for the Cadet Chapel drew such criticism from Congress that the Air Force told SOM to go back to the drawing board. Today, Netsch’s Cadet Chapel, with its 17 spires resembling a squadron of fighter jets shooting into the air, has made the campus one of Colorado’s busiest tourist attraction. The chapel received the AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award in 1996.