SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Airmen at Schriever Air Force Base will no longer have to go to another installation to inquire or coordinate their educational pursuits as the base welcomes a new education advisor.
The 50th Space Wing will have its own education office with limited services beginning Jan. 6, 2019, expanding as more positions are staffed.
“The goal is to develop resilience in our Airmen by guiding them through their off-duty educational opportunities,” said Lauren Clark, 50th Force Support Squadron education advisor. “We are there to support both personal and professional growth, preparing members for leadership roles and to strengthen Air Force readiness.”
Peterson Air Force Base typically supports Schriever’s Airmen through a service agreement between the bases. Although this meets the educational needs of Airmen, according to Clark, it also brings difficulties and inconvenience.
“It involves a time consuming commute,” she said. “Currently, if you need an education appointment, you have to factor in 40 minutes of drive time onto the total time being absent from work. This can create a strain on members and their work centers.”
Lt. Col. Mark Cipolla, 50th FSS commander, is the driving force behind the establishment of an education center on Schriever AFB, in addition to a team from Civilian Personal, Manpower and Force Development supporting.
“I came to Schriever AFB a year and a half ago and assessed the services 50th FSS was providing,” he said. “Our personnel going over to Peterson AFB to get their education counseling and test for promotion was unacceptable to me. It's been a desire for me to get this moving in the right direction where we service our complete population in all aspects of the 50th FSS to include education and training needs.”
The 50th FSS’s hope is with an education center being readily available is more Airmen will seek out education.
“A big portion of growth as an enlisted member is getting an off-duty education making you better and smarter tomorrow than you are today,” Cipolla said. “Having a focus on the education and training mission here is only going to make us more capable and educated to take on tomorrow's challenges.”
The 50th FSS is taking a phased approach to the services the education center will offer.
“We're starting with supporting college and Community College of the Air Force information and counseling, tuition assistance, Skill Bridge, My Education, first term Airmen briefings and informed decision briefs,” Gabriel Laramie, 50th FSS deputy commander said. “We'll have one counselor on site who is currently in the process of learning some of the functions as we progress forward.”
Clark wants Airmen to know she is here to support their goals whether that is earning a CCAF degree or using tuition assistance to obtain a civilian bachelor degree.
“Education benefits are one of the most valuable benefits offered to our service members,” she said. “We strongly encourage people to take advantage of the free path to success through education.”
Airmen may still go through the Peterson education office while services are established here.
The education center at Schriever will be open Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 -11: 30 a.m. for walk-in and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. by appointment and Friday by appointment.
Airmen should stay tuned for more information on the education center’s customer service hours, briefings and courses in the Schriever Sentinel, Orbital, Stall Street Journal and Force Development’s SharePoint.
Information on the Education Office is also available by calling 719-567-2043, emailing 50FSS.FSD.EDOffice@us.af.mil or visiting the 50th FSS website www.50fss.com.