Degrees awarded by CCAF

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason Funkhauser, 315th Training Squadron chief enlisted manager, speaks during a Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. Funkhauser told the graduates that they should keep working on their education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason Funkhauser, 315th Training Squadron chief enlisted manager, speaks during a Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. Funkhauser told the graduates that they should keep working on their education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Powell, former 17th Training Wing commander, hands Senior Airman Jacob Letson, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering technician, the Powell Warrior Award during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. The award is given to CCAF graduates who have displayed the highest degree of professional military excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Powell, former 17th Training Wing commander, hands Senior Airman Jacob Letson, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering technician, the Powell Warrior Award during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. The award is given to CCAF graduates who have displayed the highest degree of professional military excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, speaks during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. Ganster thanked the graduates and also talked about how being an educated force makes us superior to our adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, speaks during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. Ganster thanked the graduates and also talked about how being an educated force makes us superior to our adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Dobler, 312th Training Squadron fire inspector, hands Staff Sgt. Yamato Hart, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management journeyman, the Air Force Association Pitsenbarger Award during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. The award recognizes the students’ activities that indicate excellent leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development and dedication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Dobler, 312th Training Squadron fire inspector, hands Staff Sgt. Yamato Hart, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management journeyman, the Air Force Association Pitsenbarger Award during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. The award recognizes the students’ activities that indicate excellent leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development and dedication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Powell, former 17th Training Wing commander, speaks during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. Every year Powell presents the Powell Warrior Award to a CCAF graduate who has displayed the highest degree of professional military excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Powell, former 17th Training Wing commander, speaks during a Community College of the Air Force graduate ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2018. Every year Powell presents the Powell Warrior Award to a CCAF graduate who has displayed the highest degree of professional military excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Twenty-seven service members received their Community College of the Air Force Degrees during a graduation ceremony at the Base Theater June 15.
The CCAF degree is the Air Force’s equivalent to an associate degree.

Chief Master Sgt. Jason Funkhauser, 315th Training Squadron chief enlisted manager, opened the ceremony with a speech to the graduates.

“Whether you realize it or not, this is a pretty big accomplishment,” said Funkhauser. “Some of you may know, but some of you may not know the Air Force is the only service in the [Department of Defense] that offers a degree to its enlisted members. This proves how much the Air Force invests in its enlisted force and how much it values an educated force. Keep working on your education, strive for knowledge and definitely lead the way for your peers.”

After the speech, each graduate went on stage to get their diploma and two individuals also received awards.

The Air Force Association Pitsenbarger Award is a one-time grant of $400 provided to selected top Air Force enlisted personnel graduating from the CCAF who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree. It recognizes the students’ activities that indicate excellent leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development and dedication. This year’s recipient was Staff Sgt. Yamato Hart, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management journeyman.

After retiring July 1984, Col. Charles Powell, former 17th Training Wing commander, and his wife, wanted to give back to the Air Force, so they decided to give a cash reward to a CCAF graduate. For 22 years Powell has presented the Powell Warrior Award, a $500 grant to honor CCAF graduates who have displayed the highest degree of professional military excellence. Senior Airman Jacob Letson, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering technician, received this year’s Powell Warrior Award.

Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, finished off the ceremony with closing remarks.

“The wonderful thing about our country is the greatest advantage that we have and will always have is represented right here in all of you,” said Ganster. “Our enlisted core is the best in the world. That is why we will always succeed and I’m extremely proud to serve alongside of you.”

Goodfellow CCAF graduates are:
17th Training Wing Staff:

Staff Sgt. Andrew Habiballah
Staff Sgt. Christopher Hickman

17th Civil Engineer Squadron:
Staff Sgt. Yamato Hart
Tech. Sgt. Derek Larsen
Senior Airman Jacob Letson

17th Communications Squadron:
Staff Sgt. Shane Silberberger
Staff Sgt. Joshua Yopp

17th Contracting Squadron:
Airman 1st Class Matthew McDonald

17th Force Support Squadron:
Master Sgt. Johnny Baker
Senior Airman Cleofe Jensen
Senior Airman Akoshua Nuamah Solon

17th Logistics Readiness Squadron:
Senior Airman Ashley Louis

17th Security Forces Squadron:
Senior Airman Johnathan Vetter

17th Training Support Squadron:
Senior Airman Andrew Noble

312th Training Squadron:
Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Anderson
Staff Sgt. Preston Castillo

315th Training Squadron:
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Brown
Tech. Sgt. Xavier Crox
Staff Sgt. Quinten Olson
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Warr

316th Training Squadron:
Tech. Sgt. Jordan Andrews
Master Sgt. Mayra Cortesramos
Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Davis
Master Sgt. Benjamin Isenberg
Staff Sgt. Kyle Pomfret
Staff Sgt. Ryne Smith

Marine Corps Detachment:
Staff Sgt. Randall Graville