Selfridge Airmen Earn CCAF Degrees

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  • By TSgt. Dan Heaton
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
 Twenty-six Citizen-Airmen of the Michigan Air National Guard earned Community College of the Air Force degrees during a brief ceremony at Selfridge Air National Guard Base Sunday, May 22.

Each of the Airmen earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in their Air Force Specialty Code. The CCAF allows enlisted members of the Air Force to use formal training they have received in their job as well as leadership and management training they receive as they advance through the ranks to apply toward a degree. The degree requires an Airman to take at least 15 credit hours of college classes through outside institutions of higher learning.

Senior Airman Christina Herron earned her associate degree in avionics systems technology during the ceremony. She said she applied college credit she has earned at Ferris State University toward her CCAF.

"This degree will help me advance in both my personal life and in my military career," said Herron, a member of the 191st Maintenance Squadron. Herron has been a member of the Air National Guard at Selfridge for about five years. She is six classes away from finishing a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice at Ferris State.

"This degree gives me one more thing to help me advance in my career," she said.
Col. Mac Crawford, 127th Mission Support Group commander, said the CCAF degree can help make the difference as Airmen are seeking competitive positions in the future.

"The 127th Wing needs people like you, who are willing to make personal sacrifice to accomplish such achievements," he said. "We are a better Michigan Air National Guard because of your accomplishments.

Unique among the military services, the CCAF is the nation's largest community college system. The CCAF program is managed at Selfridge by Technical Sgt. Vince Peterson.

CCAF graduates for 2011 from the 127th Wing are:

· SSgt. Adam Azzopardi, communications applications technology

· SSgt. Joseph Blakley, avionics systems technology

· SrA. Matthew Brewer, criminal justice

· SSgt. Gregory Brooks, human resources management

· SSgt. Derek Crisman, environmental systems technology

· SSgt. Charles Diciuccio, aviation maintenance technology

· TSgt. Tracy Fulayter, criminal justice

· TSgt. Wayne Glumm, aviation maintenance technology

· TSgt. Maurice Graves, aviation maintenance technology

· MSgt. Robert Hanet, aviation maintenance technology

· SrA. Christina Herron, avionics systems technology

· SrA. Jiles Herron, aviation maintenance technology

· SSgt Munir Joarder, criminal justice

· TSgt. Darrell Kingsbury, human resource management

· MSgt. Kerry Melnyczenko, restaurant, hotel and fitness management

· TSgt. Craig Miller, criminal justice

· SMSgt. Benjamin Noble, human resource management

· SSgt. Mark Pittel, financial management

· TSgt. Daniel Przewlocki, mechanical and electrical technology

· SMSgt. Karl Smathers, safety

· MSgt. James Snyder, information systems technology

· MSgt. Lawanda Stevenson, restaurant, hotel and fitness management

· SSgt. Louis Tutt, criminal justice

· SSgt. Marcus Woodson, aviation maintenance technology