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Monday, March 30, 2009

Nine selected for AFIT

From the Air Force Personnel Center:

Air Force officials selected nine enlisted Airmen to continue their education through the Enlisted to Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Degree Program.

"The Air Force has a strong tradition of valuing education," said Lt. Col. Douglas Wall, Air Force Personnel Center's chief of developmental education. "This program is a great opportunity for enlisted members to continue their higher education."

The nine Airmen and the degree programs they will study are:

* Staff Sgt. Joseph Hicks, Information Resource Management
* Master Sgt. James Miller, Cyber Operations Information and Resource Management
* Master Sgt. Monica Monfette, Information Resource Management
* Tech. Sgt. Rachel Murphy, Financial Analysis
* Master Sgt. Carissa Parker, Information Resource Management
* Tech. Sgt. Christy Peterson, Information Resource Management
* Master Sgt. John Rinker, Information Resource Management and Industrial Hygiene
* Tech. Sgt. Jason Royals, Information Resource Management
* Master Sgt. Michael Woolingham, Information Resource Management

AFIT is the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management and its institution for technical professional continuing education. Since residence degrees were first granted in 1956, more than 15,000 master's and 300 doctorate of philosophy degrees have been awarded. Since the Enlisted to AFIT program began in 2002, 63 Air Force noncommissioned officers have been selected to participate in the program.

For more information on the Enlisted to AFIT program, potential applicants can speak to their supervisors for eligibility requirements, visit the AFIT website at http://www.afit.edu/en/Admissions/Default.cfm?l=enl , or call the Total Force Service Center at (800) 525-0102.

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