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AAFB celebrates education at CCAF graduation

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  • By Airman 1st Class Miyah Gray
  • 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.-- Forty-three Airmen from the 97th Air Mobility Wing received Community College of the Air Force degrees and 25 were presented their degrees during a graduation ceremony, April 29, 2022 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

“Earning your degree isn’t just about the diploma or the statement on your resume,” said Senior Master Sgt. William Stapp, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels superintendent. “It’s about the power of education and being on the path to discover the best version of yourself.”

According to the official CCAF website, their mission is to “Elevate the Enlisted profession by advancing technical and leadership capability across the career through degrees, credentials, and related programs to support recruiting, retention, career transition efforts and mission capability and readiness.”

Stapp said that Airmen are the Air Force’s strategic advantage, and they must be able to adapt, innovate and apply lessons learned to enable a culture of continuous improvement.

“I am a firm believer that education allows Airmen to grow in their careers,” said Senior Airman Angel Colbert, 97th Mission Support Group plans and operations lead. “Seeking higher education benefits both Airmen and the Air Force simultaneously.”

Colbert said that the more that Airmen know, the more knowledge they can share with both their subordinates and leadership, thereby allowing innovative thoughts and conversations to occur in hopes to improve every day.

Below are the CCAF degree recipients and their majors:

Master Sgt. Peter Jensen, Aviation Operations

Master Sgt. Shaun Seguin Logistics

Master Sgt. Joseph Weidenbach, Human Resource Management

Tech. Sgt. Glen Brown, Vehicle Maintenance

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Cherry, Instructor of Technology and Military Science

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Graham, Air Traffic Operations and Management

Tech. Sgt. Davin Losack, Aviation Operations

Tech. Sgt. David McCubbin, Aviation Operations

Tech. Sgt. Melissa Michels, Instructor of Technology and Military Science

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Nigl, Aviation Operations

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Samuelson, Logistics

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Sarno, Aviation Operations

Tech. Sgt.  Donald Chappotin, Meteorology

Tech. Sgt.  Jeffrey Jaskela, Instructor of Technology and Military Science

Staff Sgt. April Ballard, Hospitality and Fitness Management

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brod, Aviation Operations

Staff Sgt. Aaron Canady, Logistics

Staff Sgt. James Delgadillo, Aviation Operations

Staff Sgt. Owen Derksen, Aviation Operations

Staff Sgt. Riley Ditnoy, Practical Nursing Technology

Staff Sgt. Darius Freeman, Aviation Operations

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hardy, Criminal Justice

Staff Sgt. McKenna Kline, Information Systems Technology

Staff Sgt. Raymond Le, Logistics

Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Patton, Air Traffic Operations and Management

Staff Sgt. Tonnia Scott, Meteorology

Staff Sgt. Jacob Shumate, Mechanical & Electrical Technology

Staff Sgt. Kyron Smith, Air Traffic Operations and Management

Staff Sgt. Will Solomon, Criminal Justice

Staff Sgt. Ashley Upton, Aviation Operations

Staff Sgt. Sequoia Vandenburg, Dental Assisting

Staff Sgt. Kacie Ward, Information Systems Technology

Staff Sgt. Yunpeng Zhang, Mechanical & Electrical Technology

Senior Airman Zachary Belcher, Aircrew Safety Systems Technology

Senior Airman Renzo Calonge Necheporenko, Transportation

Senior Airman Angel Colbert, Emergency Management

Senior Airman Gloria Conger, Emergency Management

Senior Airman Tyra Houseton, Transportation

Senior Airman Nicholas Jernigan Epps, Logistics

Senior Airman Charmagne Lofton, Criminal Justice

Senior Airman Devon Muldrow, Logistics

Senior Airman Jesse Sandoval, Air Traffic Operations and Management

To learn more about CCAF degrees, schedule an appointment with the AAFB education office at (580) 481-6619 or visit