by Senior Airmen Chasity Lollis
147th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
11/8/2015 - October 4, 2015 -- The
147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field, here, held its first
ceremony honoring its Community College of the Air Force graduates
during October's unit training assembly.
The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 in order
to meet the demands of the Air Force's expeditionary environment and at
the same time help airmen achieve their educational goals by
capitalizing on job-related training and education as part of flexible
degree completion programs.
"The Air Force puts a lot of emphasis on furthering your education,"
said Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Cornitius, command chief for the
147th Reconnaissance Wing. "It takes a lot of time and effort to earn a
degree and we are extremely proud of our graduates. It didn't make sense
that they weren't being recognized."
Late nights and early mornings are an all too common occurrence while
attending college classes and working a full time job. When a demanding
military service schedule is added to the mix, including mandatory
training, deployments and traveling, it makes earning a degree seem
The CCAF is a federally chartered degree-granting institution that
serves the United States Air Force's enlisted total force. They partner
with over 108 affiliated Air Force schools, 82 education service offices
located worldwide and more than 1,500 civilian academic institutions to
serve approximately 300,000 active, Guard and reserve enlisted
personnel, making CCAF the world's largest community college system. The
college annually awards over 22,000 associate in applied science
degrees from 68 degree programs.
Previously, the individual's certificate was either received in the mail
or had to be picked up at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
"We intend to make this ceremony an annual event," said Cornitius. "Hard
work and dedication don't go unnoticed around here and we wanted to
make sure our members knew that. Excellence in all we do is an Air Force
core value that should always be recognized."