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Team Kirtland Celebrates CCAF Graduates

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduates pose for a group photo after their graduation ceremony held at the Mountain View Club on June 5, 2019. Airmen must successfully complete technical training as well as additional classes outside of work in order to receive a CCAF degree. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandria Crawford)

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduates pose for a group photo after their graduation ceremony held at the Mountain View Club on June 5, 2019. Airmen must successfully complete technical training as well as additional classes outside of work in order to receive a CCAF degree. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandria Crawford)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Members of Team Kirtland gathered together at the Mountain View Club to celebrate the accomplishments of over 30 Airmen during a Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony held June 5, 2019.

Although obtaining a CCAF degree is no longer a requirement to promote, many Airmen continue to push themselves in order to receive the degree. CCAF degrees can only be awarded to those who successfully complete technical training along with additional classes outside of work to fulfill core education requirements.

“My supervisor actually pushed me to complete my CCAF [degree],” said Tech. Sgt. Kendrick Valdo, CCAF graduate. “He told me it would mold me as a person and as a productive member of the Air Force.”

Working full-time while going to school can seem overwhelming but the education office offers tools to help Airmen balance the two and provides information regarding paying for classes.

“We are here to counsel troops on their education goals,” said James Torres, Education technician. “Our purpose is to give them all of the resources and information necessary to reach them.”

Completing a CCAF degree not only enhances an Airman’s education, but also their professional capability.

“The core classes like history, science and math gave me more personal knowledge and understanding,” Valdo said. “The CCAF experience has also increased my knowledge in certain topics relating to my job that I am able to pass down to my peers and subordinates.”

For more information on how to obtain a CCAF degree, contact the Education Office, at 505-846-9933 or visit building 20602.