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‘A great stepping stone’: 16 Airmen graduate CCAF

CCAF graduation

Community College of the Air Force graduate Staff Sgt. Joshua Ryken (middle) shakes hands with Col. Shawn Campbell, 10th Air Base Wing commander, June 13, 2018, during the CCAF graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Campbell and Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Buckman, 10th ABW command chief (right) took the stage during the commencement ceremony to congratulate the graduates. (U.S.Air Force photo/Bill Evans)

CCAF graduation

Community College of the Air Force graduate Staff Sgt. Joshua Ryken (middle) shakes hands with Col. Shawn Campbell, 10th Air Base Wing commander, June 13, 2018, during the CCAF graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Campbell and Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Buckman, 10th ABW command chief (right) took the stage during the commencement ceremony to congratulate the graduates. (U.S.Air Force photo/Bill Evans)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --

Sixteen Airmen received their Community College of the Air Force degrees and professional certificates June 13 the Air Force Academy.


Thirteen earned their associates in five career areas and three earned professional manager certificates.


“The CCAF was the instrumental piece to me being able to become an officer,” said commencement speaker 2nd Lt. Tyler Gulleton at the graduation ceremony.


 “I want to remove any possible perception that CCAF is just a box to check on the way to making master sergeant,” he said. “It’s so much more.”


Community College of the Air Force graduate Senior Airman Anthony Almeida said he’ll apply to become a commissioned officer after earning a bachelor’s in nursing.


“This is a great stepping stone for me as I hope to make a life-long career with the Air Force,” he said.


The CCAF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools through Air University. The program offers 67 degree programs and associate degrees in public and support services including allied health, electronics and telecommunications and aircraft and missile maintenance.


The Grads

-- Senior Airmen Anthony Almeida, Justin Fleming and Timothy Price

-- Staff Sgts. Eli Cheek, Emily Chambers, Jennifer Chell, Dylan Mac Dermot, Tantania Peagler, Steven Rousseau and Joshua Ryken

-- Tech. Sgts. Jessica Fiebig, Eldon Pagaran and Miranda Wallinder

-- Master Sgts. Kyle Capehart and Matthew Ogan

-- Senior Master Sgt. Sadie Chambers