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More than four dozen Airmen earn CCAF degrees

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force Class of 2021. (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Clingerman.

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force Class of 2021. (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Clingerman.

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Harris-Duke, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, listens with other graduates to the commencement address during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony May 26, 2021, in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Harris-Duke earned an associate’s degree in intelligence studies and technology. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Harris-Duke, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, listens with other graduates to the commencement address during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony May 26, 2021, in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Harris-Duke earned an associate’s degree in intelligence studies and technology. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Chief Master Sgt. Erik Robbins, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Health Division superintendent, delivers the commencement address during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony May 26, 2021, in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Robbins urged the graduates to continue investing in their education. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Chief Master Sgt. Erik Robbins, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Health Division superintendent, delivers the commencement address during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony May 26, 2021, in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Robbins urged the graduates to continue investing in their education. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

U.S. Space Force Sgt. Donna Farris, 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, poses with (from left) Air Force Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander; Chief Master Sgt. Jason Shaffer, 88 ABW command chief; and Chief Master Sgt. Erik Robbins, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Health Division superintendent, as she receives her diploma May 26, 2021, during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Farris was one of 57 Airmen and Guardians who earned degrees. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

U.S. Space Force Sgt. Donna Farris, 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, poses with (from left) Air Force Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander; Chief Master Sgt. Jason Shaffer, 88 ABW command chief; and Chief Master Sgt. Erik Robbins, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Health Division superintendent, as she receives her diploma May 26, 2021, during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Farris was one of 57 Airmen and Guardians who earned degrees. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Staff Sgt. Victoria Daniels, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, stands with classmates as their degrees are conferred during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony May 26, 2021, in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Daniels earned an associate’s degree in instruction of technology and military science. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Staff Sgt. Victoria Daniels, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, stands with classmates as their degrees are conferred during the Community College of the Air Force spring graduation ceremony May 26, 2021, in the theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Daniels earned an associate’s degree in instruction of technology and military science. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Community College of the Air Force held its spring graduation ceremony May 26 in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base theater.

Fifty-seven Airmen and Guardians earned associate degrees. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 18 were able to attend in person.  

Chief Master Sgt. Erik Robbins, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Health Division superintendent, gave the commencement speech, encouraging graduates to continue their education.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” Robbins said, quoting Benjamin Franklin.

“An investment in education can never be taken away,” he added. “Today, we recognize your investment in yourself and in your knowledge bank account.”

By earning a CCAF degree, he told graduates they had climbed their first educational mountain.

“Do you like the view, or do you want to look out and find the next mountain?” Robbins asked.

Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, echoed that sentiment and urged the new graduates to not consider this an end.

“The warrior who cultivates his mind polishes his arms,” Miller said, quoting the late 17th-century Duke of Boufflers.

“What makes us the greatest Air Force in the world today is the professionalism and the investment in our enlisted corps. Continue to cultivate your mind because when we are smarter, we are faster, we are better (and) nobody can keep up.”

Miller said the achievement is an investment in the Airmen’s futures, their families, the Air Force and nation.

“Keep challenging yourself, keep growing,” the colonel concluded.

The event was livestreamed for the graduates, family members and friends who could not attend. It is available for viewing at www.dvidshub.net/video/796638/2021-ccaf-graduation-ceremony