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148th Fighter Wing Airmen Earn Community College of the Air Force Degrees

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  • By By 2nd Lt. Crystal Kirchner
  • 148th Fighter Wing

The 148th Fighter Wing celebrates graduates who earned a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree in 2020.  With the challenges of 2020 it would have been easy for Airmen to make an excuse not to further their education, yet 26 148th Fighter Wing Bulldogs forged forward and completed their CCAF degree. 

The Community College of the Air Force is a federally-chartered academic institution that serves the United States Air and Space Force’s enlisted total force. The Community College of the Air Force is the world’s largest community college system, serving approximately 270,000 active, guard, and reserve enlisted personnel. 

“Achieving a degree from the Community College of the Air Force is a great accomplishment in an Airman’s professional and personal development.  Not only does it open up promotion opportunities in the Air National Guard, but the degree also broadens their educational background and can help further their civilian careers,” said Col Lyle Shidla, 148th Mission Support Group Commander.

“I completed my CCAF degree because I felt that, as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the State of Minnesota, I needed to set the example for all Airmen to follow,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Rukavina who completed his Associates of Applied Science in Aircraft Armament Systems Technology.  Rukavina added “It is important to continually develop ourselves, no matter what stage or position we are in our career. It was difficult to take the initial step to enroll, but I feel really proud to accomplish my degree.”

Congratulations to the following personnel for earning an Associate of Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force:

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Armstrong – Human Resources Management

Master Sgt. Anthony Bartlett – Medical and Electrical Technology

Staff Sgt. Charles Burns – Aviation Maintenance Technology

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Carollo – Information Systems Technology

Master Sgt. Brian Clancey – Aircraft Armament Systems Technology

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Davis – Emergency Management

Master Sgt. Kelley Ender – Information Systems Technology

Tech. Sgt. Nichole Goplin – Public Health Technology

Master Sgt. Anna Graves – Logistics

Tech. Sgt. Mark Halvorson – Fire Science

Master Sgt. Sterling Hartwick – Human Resource Management

Staff Sgt. Dwight Hebert – Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology

Staff Sgt. Alex Heskin – Aviation Maintenance Technology

Master Sgt. Mark Hilleren – Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Jalovick – Aviation Maintenance Technology

Tech. Sgt. Bryan Johnson – Munitions Systems Technology

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Johnson - Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology

Tech. Sgt. Danielle Lefave - Munitions Systems Technology

Master Sgt. Rachel Micken – Health Care Management

Master Sgt. Paul Nelson - Aviation Maintenance Technology

Senior Master Sgt. Jamey Nord – Emergency Management

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Rukavina – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Master Sgt. Chelsey Smith – Medical Laboratory Technology

Master Sgt. Jennifer Starken - Aircraft Armament Systems Technology

Tech. Sgt. Amber Weis – Munitions Systems Technology

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wing – Construction Technology