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The Air University recently awarded associate degrees to 73 civilian graduates from its Civil Associate Degree Program.

The program is part of Civilian Leadership Development School, Ira C. Eaker Professional Development Center. Graduates earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Air Force Department of Leadership and Management Studies. The virtual launch ceremony took place on September 22, 2022.

Of the 256 applicants, only 90 were selected to participate. According to National Center for Education Statisticsthey completed their two-year program with a 75% graduation rate, which is 53% to 62% above the national average.

The entire program is supplemented by distance learning. In addition to the many staff and faculty members who make this program possible, the student body represents the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Space Force. Around the world, students logged in from 10 major commands and 29 bases, representing 11 career fields, and two unrestricted fund employees.

Lieutenant General Andrea Tulloscommander and president of the Air University, alluded to the Air Force Chief of Staff’s action order to train and educate all Airmen with the attributes necessary to win high-end combat range in its congratulations to the graduates.

“When you listen to our senior leaders talk today about what we need in our airmen and civilian employees today and what it’s going to take to win a competition with our peers, it’s going to take a relentless spirit, and that going to take some of the same things it took to get you here,” she said. “It’s a real education, and no one can take that away from you. It’s part of who you are.

Col. Terri Jonescommander of the Eaker Center, commended the students for their substantial commitments.

“Your dedication, perseverance and hard work have paid off. This is an incredible achievement, and you should be very proud. It was not easy and sometimes required significant sacrifice, but you persevered and achieved your goal,” she said. “And now you have this degree, a degree that will help propel you towards your next goals. Our adversaries don’t slow down or disappear, so we must continue to invest and grow our most important asset: people.

A few graduates have already started using what they learned in the program, and the benefits are paying off.

“Since graduating from the program, I’ve been promoted to a leadership position,” said Steven Adams, a graduate of Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. “I’ve taken many online classes, and this is the only time the teachers made sure you understood and learned the material.”

Many graduates and speakers at the launch ceremony spoke of the hard work, dedication and sacrifices they had to endure during the two-year program.

John Anderson, a graduate of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, said, “It’s been hard work fulfilling all of the tasks given to us with a full-time job, a family, and a righteous life in general. I could not have achieved this without the help of my colleagues, my friends and my family who have been very supportive of me. This diploma is only the first stepping stone in my journey towards higher education.

Several students received leadership awards for their academic work and classroom contributions. Receiving the award were:

– Mindi Zehring, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas

– Kathleen Burr, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama

– Kim Williams, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

– Dustin Moore, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

– Katie Cartwright, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

An award for excellence in writing was awarded to:

– Audreanna Brown, Edwards Air Force Base, California

– Brenda Medoza, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

– Kim Williams, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

– John Suarez, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

– Todd Tipton, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma

“You graduates have blown me away with the transformations that have taken place in your lives as a result of this program, they are simply awe-inspiring to us,” said Barry Waite, Principal of the Civilian Leadership Development School. “It makes us want to do a lot better next time as we continue this program.”

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