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Schriever hosts third CCAF graduation

The Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Top 3 and the First Sergeants Council hosted the 2019 Community College of the Air Force higher education graduation ceremony here at Schriever AFB, June 18. 

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Welch, 50th Contracting Squadron superintendent, was the guest speaker and Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, presided over the ceremony where more than 100 people were in attendance.

Community College of the Air Force graduates sing the Air Force song during the closing of the CCAF graduation ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 18, 2019. This is the third time Schriever AFB has hosted the ceremony, benefiting graduates, families of graduates and peers wanting to support their fellow Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Welch, 50th Contracting Squadron superintendent, speaks during the Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 18, 2019. The CCAF was established in 1972 and offers enlisted members the opportunity to earn a two-year Associates degree in Applied Science that pertains to their Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Welch, 50th Contracting Squadron superintendent, speaks during the Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 18, 2019. The CCAF was established in 1972 and offers enlisted members the opportunity to earn a two-year Associates degree in Applied Science that pertains to their Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander,  speaks to the Community College of the Air Force graduates during the CCAF graduation ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 18, 2019. Fischer congratulated the graduating Airmen and highlighted the hard work they put forth to earn their degrees amidst work and life responsibilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, speaks to the Community College of the Air Force graduates during the CCAF graduation ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 18, 2019. Fischer congratulated the graduating Airmen and highlighted the hard work they put forth to earn their degrees amidst work and life responsibilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Top 3 and the First Sergeants Council hosted the 2019 Community College of the Air Force higher education graduation ceremony here at Schriever AFB, June 18.

 

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Welch, 50th Contracting Squadron superintendent, was the guest speaker and Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, presided over the ceremony where more than 100 people were in attendance.

 

Welch provided insight on his experiences with CCAF and how obtaining a degree has helped him achieve his educational and career goals.

 

“For me, getting my first CCAF diploma 10 years ago was a relief and proof to myself that working towards a goal can be achieved if you want it enough,” he said. “A big reason I joined (the Air Force) was to complete a Bachelor’s degree. It was definitely a stepping stone to bigger educational and career goals.”

 

Welch finished his graduation speech with the following remarks.

 

“Congratulations to all of you, your willingness to venture outside of your comfort zone demonstrates your drive to improve yourself, invest in your future and the future of the world’s greatest Air Force. Keep pushing and keep walking through the doors of opportunity.”

 

During his speech to the graduates, Fischer highlighted the importance of pursuing knowledge as an Airman and citizen of the world.

 

“An Airman’s soul ignited, armed with the continuous pursuit of knowledge is an unstoppable force,” Fischer said. “One that will make an impact on this world. Whether you’re in uniform or not, by pursuing your CCAF, you have armed yourself with what you need to make an impact on our shared future, and I for one am glad that it is in the hands of such an amazing group.”

 

Tech. Sgt. Teri Cervenak, 50th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, admits it was not easy to obtain her degree, with having to balance multiple tasks to get it accomplished.

 

“It was an honor to be here, my family and my co-workers were here to support me and that meant a lot to me, I feel blessed,” Cervenak said. “It was a long time trying to obtain my degree, juggling life, deployments and everything but it’s great to be done.”

 

Master Sgt. Jeremy Campbell, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron superintendent infrastructure, reflected on why we celebrate this special day for Airmen here at Schriever AFB.

 

“We do this to honor a significant accomplishment (in our) enlisted Airmen’s careers,” he said. “As with any recognition, it is always great when you can share that moment with family and peers.”

 

As closing remarks, Fischer expressed gratitude towards those Airmen graduating.

 

“Your accomplishment is fantastic,” he said. “Learning and growing is a lifelong pursuit. You balanced life, a fulltime job and still achieved a degree. That is very deserving of our respect. Congratulations.”

 

For more information about the Community College of the Air Force, visit: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/.

 

This year’s Team Schriever graduates are:

 

50th Comptroller Squadron:

Staff Sgt. Bijay Adhikari, Financial Management

 

50th Security Forces Squadron:

Staff Sgt. Matthew Brownlinn, Criminal Justice

Tech. Sgt. Teri Cervenak, Criminal Justice

Tech. Sgt. Preston Morgan, Criminal Justice

 

 

4th Space Operations Squadron:

Senior Airman Sebastian Joshua Figueroa, Air and Space Operations Technology

Staff Sgt. Essence McClinton, Air and Space Operations Technology

Staff Sgt. Tammy Nguyen, Air and Space Operations Technology

Senior Airman Maria Moore, Information Systems Technology

Staff Sgt. Christopher Revell, Air and Space Operations Technology

 

1st Space Operations Squadron:

Tech. Sgt. Wesley Golanoski, Air and Space Operations Technology

Tech. Sgt. Candace McKay, Education and Training Management

 

50th Civil Engineer Squadron:

Staff Sgt. Ariana Hassel, Construction Technology

 

50th Space Communication Squadron:

Staff Sgt. James Kennedy, Information Systems Technology

Staff Sgt. Joshua Phillips, Information Systems Technology

Senior Airman Christopher Wells, Information Systems Technology

Senior Airman Jonathan Wilt, Information Systems Technology

 

21st Operations Support Squadron:

Tech. Sgt. Taylor Kerkhoff, Air and Space Operations Technology

 

United States Air Force Academy, Academy Military Training:

Tech. Sgt. Cory Laflamme, Construction Technology

 

3rd Space Experimentation Squadron:

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lubisich, Information Systems Technology

 

65th Air Base Group:  

Staff Sgt. Adrian Jacob Ordoñez, Financial Management

 

22nd Space Operations Squadron:

Senior Airman Dara Reinhardt, Electronic Systems Technology

 

81st Training Squadron:

Tech. Sgt. Rusty Walton, Information Systems Technology

 

Separated/retired Airmen:

Senior Airman Phillip Cheong, Air and Space Operations Technology

Tech. Sgt. Michael D. Johnson, Information Systems Technology

Staff Sgt. Jared D. Long, Computer Science Technology

Staff Sgt. David L. Parks, Information Systems Technology

 

 

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