185 ARW CCAF graduates

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  • By Tsgt. Bill Wiseman
  • 185 ARW

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, who completed their Community College of the Air Force degree (CCAF) in 2014 were honored at a formal ceremony on Sunday November 2, 2014. 
The Wing Commander, Col. Larry Christensen also presented each with the Iowa National Guard Commendation Medal for their efforts.

The Community College of the Air Force provides a two-year college degree program to enlisted members of Air Force and the Air National Guard.  Members of the 185th who have already earned some college credits can apply those credits towards their CCAF degree.  By transferring credits earned from traditional schooling, as well as credits earned while completing their Air Force technical training, members can receive their degree.

The CCAF degree will soon be more important than ever to Airmen striving to reach the highest levels of the enlisted ranks. The Air National Guard has mandated that beginning in October 2015, Airmen wishing to be promoted to Senior Master Sergeant or Chief Master Sergeant, must have a CCAF degree in their current career field.

At the ceremony participants received diplomas in a variety of degree programs including Aviation studies, Maintenance, Safety, Logistics and Electrical Systems; however others were awarded more traditional degrees in areas of Criminal Justice, Construction, Financial Management as well as course work in Information Technology. To date the Community College of the Air Force, with its more than 300,000 graduates boasts that it is the world's largest community college. The Air Force is also the only branch of the U.S. Armed Services who has their own Community College.

Members of the 185th ARW who are interested in completing their Associates Degree can start by contacting the Base Education and Training Office or check out the CCAF website.

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