Goodfellow hosts CCAF graduation

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Goodfellow Events Center was packed May 18 for the combined graduation of the Community College of the Air Force, Southern Illinois University's fire science program and Park University.

This was the first time at Goodfellow the graduation ceremonies had been combined, said Steve Williams, the base education counselor.

"Because their numbers are fairly small, this gives the Park and SIU graduates the opportunity to have a nicer, combined graduation," Mr. Williams said. He added that he thought the combined graduation was a success, and would continue the tradition with the next graduation. "We'd like to continue to give all students the recognition we feel they deserve," he said.

Staff Sgt. Leslie Whiting, of the 312th Training Squadron, was awarded three separate CCAF degrees. Sergeant Whiting earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Communications Applications Technology, Instructor of Technology and Military Science and Fire Science.

Three Goodfellow CCAF graduates were awarded the Pitsenbarger Award. The Pitsenbarger award was named for Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his sacrifice and valor during the Vietnam War. Recipients of the Pitsenbarger Award must be Air Force graduates of the CCAF, and must use the $500 award to continue their education.
Goodfellow's Pitsenbarger Award winners were Staff Sgt. Brandon Howland, of the 17th Civil Engineering Squadron Readiness Flight, Master Sgt. Scott O'Neill, of the 316th Training Squadron, and Sergeant Whiting.

Also awarded was the Powell Warrior Award, a Goodfellow-only award founded by retired Col. Charles Powell and his wife Joanne. The Powell Warrior Award is awarded to a CCAF graduate from the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps or Navy, and includes at $500 award. This year's Powell Warrior Award recipient was Sergeant Howland.

In addition, Tech. Sgt. Lavor Kirkpatrick was the Outstanding Graduate from Park University. Senior Master Sgt. Kyle Clement graduated summa cum laude, and Master Sgt. Scott Burrow graduated magna cum laude from Park.

Chief Master Sgt. Paul Moreau, 17th Training Wing command chief master sergeant, gave the commencement address. Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, gave the closing remarks.

"How could you not be inspired by this group of graduates?" Col. Ayres asked as he congratulated the new degree-holders.

Graduates from Goodfellow were:

Army
Sgt. 1st Class Kirk Bradham - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Vanessa Bunker - Fire Science
Staff Sgt. Frank Covey - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Sgt. 1st Class Terry Harder - Instructor of Technology & Military Science, Communications Applications Technology
Sgt. 1st Class Steve Parkhomov - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Christopher Reed - Aviation Maintenance Technology
Staff Sgt. Kevin Robinson - Fire Science
Staff Sgt. Christopher Washburn - Communications Applications Technology

Marine Corps
Staff Sgt. Aaron Matura - Fire Science
Staff Sgt. Rory Pettway - Communications Applications Technology 

Navy
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesus Salas-Rivera - Instructor of Technology & Military Science 

Air Force 
Tech. Sgt. Tobias Adam - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff. Sgt. Troy Adamo - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. William Alderete - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Larry Ambrose - Instructor of Technology & Military Science, Fire Science
Tech. Sgt. Jin Baik - Instructor of Technology & Military Science, Financial Management
Staff Sgt. Joshua Barnett - Communications Applications Technology, Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Daniel Benedict - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Charles Bennett - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Britt - Financial Management
Staff Sgt. Matthew Camplese - Instructor of Technology & Military Science 
Staff Sgt. Jaime Campo - Communications Applications Technology
Senior Airman John Carrell - Scientific Analysis Technology
Staff Sgt. Annie Carter - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Christopher Clow - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Jessica Clutz - Instructor of Technology & Military Science Tech. 
Sgt. Michael Clutz - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Skyler Cook - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Senior Airman Kristopher Craw - Scientific Analysis Technology
Staff Sgt. Amber Derosa - Communications Applications Technology, Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Eadward Dixon - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Dudley - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. April Dunham - Human Resource Management 
Master Sgt. James Ferrenburg - Electronics Systems Technology
Staff Sgt. Christopher Fisher - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Kathryne Frazier - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Jason Funkhauser - Communications Applications Technology
Tech. Sgt. Scott Gagliano - Electronics Systems Technology, Logistics
Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Garcia III - Communications Applications Technology, Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. William Gates - Fire Science, Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Joshua Gillis - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Nickolas Glanzer - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Master Sgt. Joseph Greene - Education & Training Management 
Staff Sgt. Faith Harroun - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Master Sgt. Barbara Hartsell - Aviation Maintenance Technology
Master Sgt. Mark Holden - Electronics Systems Technology, Human Resource Management
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Howell - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Brandon Howland - Emergency Management 
Tech. Sgt. Richard Huffstatler - Instructor of Technology & Military Science 
Tech. Sgt. Louis Hunter - Paralegal
Staff Sgt. James Jackson - Electronic Systems Technology
Staff Sgt. Christopher Johnson - Electronic Systems Technology
Tech. Sgt. Lamont Johnson - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Jason Jordan - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Craig Jorell - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Candice Kagey - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Master Sgt. Ronnie Lang - Information Management
Tech. Sgt. Andrea Largent - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Largent - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Senior Airman Paula Lasley - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Eric Lescarbeau - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Emily Long - Communications Applications Technology, Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Matthew Long - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Daniel Lowe - Human Resource Management
Tech. Sgt. Chad Madore - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Carmen Marrano - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Kraig McFadden - Fire Science
Master Sgt. Reginald McKnight - Restaurant, Hotel & Fitness Management
Staff Sgt. Christina Miller - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Master Sgt. Robert Miltersen - Communications Applications Technology
Senior Airman Kristie Morris - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Senior Airman Gabriela Morrow - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Michael Morrow - Communications Applications Technology
Senior Airman Andrea Murray - Electronic Systems Technology 
Tech. Sgt. Eric Nelson - Education & Training Management
Master Sgt. James Nemec - Human Resource Management
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Norci - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Master Sgt. Scott O'Neil - Communications Applications Technology 
Master Sgt. Benjamin Passons - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Jeanette Passons - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Mara Patino-Sanchez - Instructor of Technology & Military Science Transportation
Master Sgt. John Patterson - Avionic Systems Technology
Senior Airman Justin Pitassi - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Kristi Powell - Criminal Justice 
Retired Tech. Sgt. John Ream - Information Systems Technology
Tech. Sgt. Eva Reese - Information Management
Staff Sgt. Woodrow Rorie - Transportation
Senior Airman Christy Sankey - Communications Applications Technology
Senior Airman Jose Santiago - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Shannon Stalter - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Henry Stephens - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Sarah Sullivan - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Taylor Sullivan - Instructor of Technology & Military Science 
Senior Airman Brian Thompson - Financial Management
Staff Sgt. Dustin Treise - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Jared Tuckett - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Eric Vesper - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Brian Virden - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Tech. Sgt. Jacolyn Wade - Instructor of Technology & Military Science
Staff Sgt. Russell Weatherby - Criminal Justice
Staff Sgt. Leslie Whiting - Communications Applications Technology, Instructor of Technology & Military Science, Fire Science
Tech. Sgt. Donald Wilson - Fire Science
Senior Airman Shila Wu - Communications Applications Technology
Staff Sgt. Garrett Zander - Construction Technology

Southern Illinois University
Staff Sgt. Scott Alloway - Fire Service Management
Staff Sgt. Byron Beasley - Fire Service Management 
Master Sgt. Rejean Plante - Fire Service Management
Staff Sgt. Justin Rhodes - Fire Service Management
Master Sgt. David Rose - Fire Service Management
Tech. Sgt. Patrick Smith - Fire Service Management
Kevin Wirth - Fire Service Management

Park University
Michele Kirkpatrick - Associate of Science, Management
Lela Lexa - Associate of Science, Management
Kristin Nelson - Associate of Science, Management
William Aker - Bachelor of Science, Social Psychology
Master Sgt. Scott Burrow - Bachelor of Science, Management
Senior Master Sgt. Kyle Clement - Bachelor of Science, Management / Human Resource
Christopher Hill - Bachelor of Science, Social Psychology 
Tech. Sgt. Lavor Kirkpatrick - Bachelor of Science, Management Staff Sgt. 
Barbara Kopcho - Bachelor of Science, Social Psychology
Michelle McMillion - Bachelor of Science, Social Psychology
Bradly Pardon - Bachelor of Science, Management / Computer Information Systems
Tech. Sgt. Edward Sutton - Bachelor of Science, Management / Computer Information Systems