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Liberty Wing holds CCAF graduation

Col. Randal L. Bright, 512th Airlift Wing commander, presents Senior Airman Marc Anderson, 326th Airlift Squadron, with an associate in applied science degree June 12 during a Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony on base. Airman Anderson is a loadmaster who received his degree in Aviation Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki/Released)

Col. Randal L. Bright, 512th Airlift Wing commander, presents Senior Airman Marc Anderson, 326th Airlift Squadron, with an associate in applied science degree June 12 during a Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony on base. Airman Anderson is a loadmaster who received his degree in Aviation Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki/Released)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Eleven Airmen reached an educational milestone when they received college degrees during the Community College of the Air Force Graduation Ceremony June 12 here.

In all, 20 reservists received associate in applied science degrees from the CCAF for the 2011 spring class.

The CCAF, which was established in 1972, is the world's largest community college and the only community college in the Department of Defense.

The CCAF offers more than 65 degrees, which range from Aviation Operations and Human Resource Management to Criminal Justice and Information Systems Technology.

"All enlisted personnel are eligible for enrollment into the CCAF," said Senior Master Sgt. Randall Anderson, 512th Education and Training chief. "The only requirement is the Airman has to reach their 5-level training status by the time of the program's completion.

"Many Airmen don't realize that after basic training and technical training school they are already a third of the way done. And, the 64 credits earned from the associate's degree can be applied to a four-year degree at a university."

But the greatest benefit, Sergeant Anderson added, is you're able to earn a degree in the field you're currently working in, validating your devotion to your Air Force career field.

Guest speaker Senior Master Sgt. Rebecca Malloy, 512th Maintenance Operations Flight maintenance superintendent, also spoke of the graduates' dedication and praised them for being able to maintain family obligations, military duties and academic requirements.
She shared a quote from President Barack Obama.

"It doesn't matter what you do or where you live, but what you know," she said. "Knowledge is one of the most valuable resources you can sell."

As Col. Randal L. Bright, 512th Airlift Wing commander, addressed the graduates he challenged them to encourage other Airmen to enroll in the CCAF.

Senior Airman Marc Anderson, a 326th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, who received his associate degree in Aviation Operations, vowed to do just that.

"What the Air Force is offering is a great opportunity that shouldn't be passed up," said Airman Anderson, who credited both the CCAF and his squadron's flexibility for his success.

On hand to witness this milestone was Airman Anderson's family who attended the graduation ceremony.

"We are as proud as any parents could be to watch their child grow up, join the Air Force and receive an education," said Brent Anderson, father of Airman Anderson and former Air Force master sergeant.

He said he's certain his son's education will help his career in the Air Force.

To find out more information on becoming a CCAF student, call the 512th Education and Training Office at (302) 677-3517.