Educating community for a better future

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  • By Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- After a three-year hiatus, the 88th Force Support Squadron’s Education Fair was held June 14, 2023, at the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center. 

“This is the first time we’ve done this since 2019,” said Chief Master Sgt. Lloyd Morales, 88th Air Base Wing command chief. “This is a beneficial event for the installation and the community to help encourage our military, Department of Defense, and government employees and our community partners to continue to pursue higher education.” 

Over 50 universities and on-base organizations were present at the event and provided information about their program catalogs and special programs available for military members and civilians. They also provided information about the admission process, financial aid, and many other topics related to education.

 “I think it is imperative for anybody that is part of the Department of Defense to continue to grow academically and continue to learn. It is absolutely critical for us to continue to move forward and how we execute the mission,” Morales said.  

During the event, there were several briefings about programs and benefits available to military members, veterans, Department of Defense civilians and dependents. 

They covered military tuition assistance, commissioning, Veterans Affairs education benefits, and military and family readiness were some of the briefings that took place during the Education Fair. 

“We value education in the Air Force,” said Shelly Scantling, 88 FSS education service specialist. “This is an opportunity for members, civilians and the base population to come out and see what kind of programs these schools are offering, gives attendees the chance to talk to schools or find a school and program they are interested and increase their education.” 

For more information about education benefits, contact the Education & Training Office at 937-904-4801.