Grissom Airmen earn CCAF degrees

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
  • 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Not only are many of the Air Force’s enlisted members able to call themselves graduates of basic military training, they can also call themselves Community College of the Air Force graduates.


This holds true as 60 Airmen assigned to the 434th Air Refueling Wing recently earned their CCAF degrees in their chosen career field.


To commemorate their accomplishments, Grissom held a graduation ceremony in Gus Grissom Hall here Dec. 2.


"You have to be ready for the next step," said Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander. "When life gives you the opportunity, you want to be ready to take the next step [with your education]."


Below are the names of those earning their associates in applied science degrees in the following area of study.


Aerospace ground equipment technology:

Staff Sgt. Jesse Leslie, 434th Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Theresa Daniel, 434th MXS

Staff Sgt. Damon Spradlin, 434th MXS

Senior Airman Brian Wright, 434th MXS


Aviation maintenance technology:

Master Sgt. David Bryant, 434th MXS

Master Sgt. Franklin Willis, 434th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Master Sgt. Jared Richmond, 434th MXS

Tech. Sgt. Alina Palmer, 434th AMXS

Tech. Sgt. Cameren Hinton, 434th MXS

Staff Sgt. Adam Kee, 434th MXS

Staff Sgt. Austin Sands, 434th MXS

Staff Sgt. Marco Thompson,

Staff Sgt. Samuel Richmond, 434th AMXS

Senior Airman Connor Odonnell, 434th AMXS

Senior Airman Steven Hungness, 434th MXS


Aircrew safety systems technology:

Tech. Sgt. Corey Maston, 434th Operations Support Squadron


Aviation management:

Master Sgt. Kellin Hardin, 434th OSS


Avionic systems technology:

Master Sgt. Russell Smith, 434th AMXS

Staff Sgt. Alfredo Aguilar, 434th AMXS

Staff Sgt. Anthony Bitner, 434th AMXS

Staff Sgt. Tirapong Kusub, 434th AMXS


Bioenvironmental engineering technology:

Tech. Sgt. Lee Echtle, 434th Aerospace Medicine Squadron


Business administration:

Tech. Sgt. Darius Smith, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron

Staff Sgt. Christopher Miller, 434th Operations Group


Construction technology:

Master Sgt. Jose Hernandez, 434th Civil Engineer Squadrom


Criminal justice:

Tech. Sgt. Nevada Carr, 434th Security Forces Squadron

Staff Sgt. Adam Kern, 434th SFS


Electronic systems technology:

Staff Sgt. Timothy Jones, 434th Communications Squadron


Emergency management:

Staff Sgt. Jesse Crow, 434th ARW

Staff Sgt. Dominic Zaffino, 434th ARW



Senior Master Sgt. Douglas Schmidt, 434th CES


Explosive ordinance disposal:

Staff Sgt. Trenton Hawk, 434th CES

Master Sgt. Benjamin Wagner, 434th CES


Fire Science:

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schlageter, 434th CES

Tech Sgt. Bradley Rodriguez, 434th CES

Staff Sgt. Eric Berger, 434th CES


Health care management:

Senior Master Sgt. Leslie Nance, 434th AMDS

Staff Sgt. Amy Kreft, 434th AMDS


Human resource management:

Master Sgt. Jarred Gentile, 434th Force Support Squadron

Tech. Sgt. Erica Van Matre, 434th Mission Support Group


Human services:

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Huff, 434th FSS


Information systems technology:

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Copp, 434th OSS

Master Sgt. Sean Stump, 434th CS

Staff Sgt. Joshua Reeder, 434th CS



Senior Master Sgt. Zachary Gaumer, 434th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Tech. Sgt. Jesse Vanengelenhoven, 434th LRS

Tech. Sgt. Justin Lindstrom, 434th LRS

Staff Sgt. Jessica Hales, 434th LRS

Staff Sgt. Joshua Dickson, 434th LRS

Senior Airman Adrian Bituin, 434th LRS


Maintenance production management:

Tech. Sgt. Lasheda Brooks, 434th Maintenance Group

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Garcia, 434th MXG


Mechanical and electrical technology:

Tech Sgt. Gabriel Struss, 434th CES

Staff Sgt. Joshua Escobedo, 434th CES

Staff Sgt. Zachary Munsell, 434th CES


Metals technology:

Staff Sgt. Mark Beveridge,


Nondestructive testing technology

Staff Sgt. Janette Arnold, 434th Maintenance Group


Practical nursing technology:

Master Sgt. Christopher Sewell, 434th AMDS



Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Connelly, 49th Aerial Port Squadron

Master Sgt. William Archer, 434th LRS


"It's not only a degree that will help you, but it shows a commitment to your personal and professional development," said Chief Master Sgt. Wesley Marion, 434th Air Refueling Wing command chief.


The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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