AAFB celebrates education at CCAF graduation Published May 11, 2022 By Airman 1st Class Miyah Gray 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.-- Forty-three Airmen from the 97th Air Mobility Wing received Community College of the Air Force degrees and 25 were presented their degrees during a graduation ceremony, April 29, 2022 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. “Earning your degree isn’t just about the diploma or the statement on your resume,” said Senior Master Sgt. William Stapp, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels superintendent. “It’s about the power of education and being on the path to discover the best version of yourself.” According to the official CCAF website, their mission is to “Elevate the Enlisted profession by advancing technical and leadership capability across the career through degrees, credentials, and related programs to support recruiting, retention, career transition efforts and mission capability and readiness.” Stapp said that Airmen are the Air Force’s strategic advantage, and they must be able to adapt, innovate and apply lessons learned to enable a culture of continuous improvement. “I am a firm believer that education allows Airmen to grow in their careers,” said Senior Airman Angel Colbert, 97th Mission Support Group plans and operations lead. “Seeking higher education benefits both Airmen and the Air Force simultaneously.” Colbert said that the more that Airmen know, the more knowledge they can share with both their subordinates and leadership, thereby allowing innovative thoughts and conversations to occur in hopes to improve every day. Below are the CCAF degree recipients and their majors: Master Sgt. Peter Jensen, Aviation Operations Master Sgt. Shaun Seguin Logistics Master Sgt. Joseph Weidenbach, Human Resource Management Tech. Sgt. Glen Brown, Vehicle Maintenance Tech. Sgt. Daniel Cherry, Instructor of Technology and Military Science Tech. Sgt. Jacob Graham, Air Traffic Operations and Management Tech. Sgt. Davin Losack, Aviation Operations Tech. Sgt. David McCubbin, Aviation Operations Tech. Sgt. Melissa Michels, Instructor of Technology and Military Science Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Nigl, Aviation Operations Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Samuelson, Logistics Tech. Sgt. Jacob Sarno, Aviation Operations Tech. Sgt. Donald Chappotin, Meteorology Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Jaskela, Instructor of Technology and Military Science Staff Sgt. April Ballard, Hospitality and Fitness Management Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brod, Aviation Operations Staff Sgt. Aaron Canady, Logistics Staff Sgt. James Delgadillo, Aviation Operations Staff Sgt. Owen Derksen, Aviation Operations Staff Sgt. Riley Ditnoy, Practical Nursing Technology Staff Sgt. Darius Freeman, Aviation Operations Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hardy, Criminal Justice Staff Sgt. McKenna Kline, Information Systems Technology Staff Sgt. Raymond Le, Logistics Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Patton, Air Traffic Operations and Management Staff Sgt. Tonnia Scott, Meteorology Staff Sgt. Jacob Shumate, Mechanical & Electrical Technology Staff Sgt. Kyron Smith, Air Traffic Operations and Management Staff Sgt. Will Solomon, Criminal Justice Staff Sgt. Ashley Upton, Aviation Operations Staff Sgt. Sequoia Vandenburg, Dental Assisting Staff Sgt. Kacie Ward, Information Systems Technology Staff Sgt. Yunpeng Zhang, Mechanical & Electrical Technology Senior Airman Zachary Belcher, Aircrew Safety Systems Technology Senior Airman Renzo Calonge Necheporenko, Transportation Senior Airman Angel Colbert, Emergency Management Senior Airman Gloria Conger, Emergency Management Senior Airman Tyra Houseton, Transportation Senior Airman Nicholas Jernigan Epps, Logistics Senior Airman Charmagne Lofton, Criminal Justice Senior Airman Devon Muldrow, Logistics Senior Airman Jesse Sandoval, Air Traffic Operations and Management To learn more about CCAF degrees, schedule an appointment with the AAFB education office at (580) 481-6619 or visit www.airuniversity.af.edu.