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More than 60 Airmen claim CCAF diplomas

Community College of AF graduation

A new Community College of the Air Force graduate walks across the stage to receive her diploma Nov. 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 60 Airmen received their diplomas at the graduation ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Community College of AF graduation

Col. Scott Dickson, 96th Test Wing presents a new Community College of the Air Force graduate with his diploma Nov. 15 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 60 Airmen received their diplomas at the graduation ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- To the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance more than 60 new graduates in their dress blues entered the Enlisted Hall Nov. 15 to receive their Community College of the Air Force diplomas.
 

Col. Scott Dickson, 96th Test Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Oren Sieff, the graduation’s guest speaker, were on hand to congratulate each Airman on their accomplishment.

“A college degree is something no one can ever take away from you.  There aren’t too many things in life you can say that about,” said Sieff, the 96th Medical Group superintendent.

Sieff shared his story of immigration to America and being an average student growing up.  He joined the Air Force and eventually got his CCAF degree.  He attributed his Air Force career path beginning with earning his first college degree.

“It all started with that first accomplishment of getting that associates degree,” said the chief.  “Use this diploma as a launching pad, not a finish line.”