CCAF graduates earn diplomas

Community College of the Air Force graduates stand as they receive applause from family, friends and co-workers during a graduation ceremony at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. More than 60 Airmen received their CCAF diplomas in various degrees ranging from dental assistant to fire science. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Community College of the Air Force graduates stand as they receive applause from family, friends and co-workers during a graduation ceremony at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. More than 60 Airmen received their CCAF diplomas in various degrees ranging from dental assistant to fire science. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Block, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group deputy commander, smiles during his speech to the Community College of the Air Force graduates at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. Block was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Block, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group deputy commander, smiles during his speech to the Community College of the Air Force graduates at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. Block was the guest speaker at the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Community College of the Air Force graduates listen to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Block, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group deputy commander and guest speaker, during a graduation ceremony at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. Graduates included Airmen of every rank from senior master sergeant down to airman 1st class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Community College of the Air Force graduates listen to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Block, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group deputy commander and guest speaker, during a graduation ceremony at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. Graduates included Airmen of every rank from senior master sergeant down to airman 1st class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Spangdahlem Air Base Honor Guard members post the colors during a Community College of the Air Force graduation at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. Both the German and American national anthems were sung during the posting of the colors to initiate the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Spangdahlem Air Base Honor Guard members post the colors during a Community College of the Air Force graduation at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. Both the German and American national anthems were sung during the posting of the colors to initiate the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Community College of the Air Force diplomas lay on a table at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Force, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. The diplomas were handed to the graduating Airmen by U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Gates, 52nd FW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Community College of the Air Force diplomas lay on a table at the base theater on Spangdahlem Air Force, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. The diplomas were handed to the graduating Airmen by U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Gates, 52nd FW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- More than 60 Spangdahlem Airmen received their Community College of the Air Force diplomas during a graduation ceremony at the base theater Oct. 29, 2014.

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Gates, 52nd FW command chief, handed certificates to the graduating Airmen while congratulating them on their achievement.

"Education is critical," Bilodeau said to the graduates. "The diplomas you received today should always remind you of the hard work, time and effort you put in to further your education."

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Block, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group deputy commander, was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony and conveyed the importance of embracing life's challenges. 

"What fun are our accomplishments if they are easy?" Block asked. "It's the challenge that we chase and conquer that leaves us with a satisfying feeling."

Listed below are the 2014 CCAF graduates from Spangdahlem:
 
Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Lewis
Master Sgt. Daniel Absolom
Master Sgt. Benjamin Barron
Master Sgt. Anthony Bertschy
Master Sgt. Mark Cutler
Master Sgt. Michael Fridley
Master Sgt. Richard Loreto
Master Sgt. Brett Priest
Master Sgt. Robert Rodgers
Master Sgt. Michael Snow
Master Sgt. Paul Slattery
Master Sgt. Jermaine Stitt
Master Sgt. Brian Van Hoose
Tech. Sgt. Mandingo Alfred
Tech. Sgt. James Bersaglia
Tech. Sgt. David Bohl
Tech. Sgt. James Brittain
Tech. Sgt. Travis  Butler
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Cumbie
Tech. Sgt. Joshua DeHoet
Tech. Sgt. Todd Dickson
Tech. Sgt. Argelis Garcia
Tech. Sgt. Craig Gilbert
Tech. Sgt. John Hernandez
Tech. Sgt. Lawrence Kelsey
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Kiracofe
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Lehman
Tech. Sgt. David Levine
Tech. Sgt. Dominick Magliaro
Tech. Sgt. William Massey
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Nelson
Tech. Sgt. Gerald Null
Tech. Sgt. Maria Pastoral
Tech. Sgt. Corey Ray
Tech. Sgt. Beverly Smith
Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Timothy
Tech. Sgt. Steven Tate
Staff Sgt. Cory Aita
Staff Sgt. Michele Atencio
Staff Sgt. Taurean Balloon
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Benning
Staff Sgt. Tyler Bigler
Staff Sgt. Takneisha Boatright
Staff Sgt. Jerry Bonds
Staff Sgt. Kendra Campbell
Staff Sgt. Ivonn Zepeda Chavez
Staff Sgt. Brennen Cornett
Staff Sgt. Hector Cortes
Staff Sgt. Megan Cortes
Staff Sgt. Curtis Creech
Staff Sgt. Alvernita Davis
Staff Sgt. Brad DeBoard
Staff Sgt. Adam Dilley
Staff Sgt. Lauren Duran
Staff Sgt. Natalie Eslinger
Staff Sgt. John Felhofer
Staff Sgt. Robert Ivey
Staff Sgt. Michael Jennings
Staff Sgt. Brien Kwapisz
Staff Sgt. Alexander Lenz
Staff Sgt. Nathan Londak
Staff Sgt. Ernest McGachey
Staff Sgt. Matthew Messelheiser
Staff Sgt. Monique Moore
Staff Sgt. Robert Morley
Staff Sgt. Christina Moultrie
Staff Sgt. Isiah Puma
Staff Sgt. Thamir Rimbert
Staff Sgt. Justin Salzman
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Stevens
Staff Sgt. Paul Strickland
Staff Sgt. Ayla Shelton
Staff Sgt. Jean Sibilly
Staff Sgt. Odell Straughter
Staff Sgt. John Triana
Staff Sgt. Markel Sykes
Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Ulu
Staff Sgt. Katrina Westendorf
Staff Sgt. Kieth Williamson
Staff Sgt. Ernie Williams
Staff Sgt. Joseph Young
Senior Airman Chloe Anthony
Senior Airman Michael Arteaga
Senior Airman Cole Babbitt
Senior Airman Bridgette Brzezinski
Senior Airman Christopher Connor
Senior Airman Joseph Dickerson
Senior Airman Roger Downs
Senior Airman Youseff Fouad
Senior Airman Patrick Gilbert
Senior Airman Kathleen Guillory
Senior Airman Chase Gross
Senior Airman Rachel Henry
Senior Airman Travis House
Senior Airman Alex Lollar
Senior Airman Kimberly Martin
Senior Airman Kory Pereza
Senior Airman Ryan Salas
Senior Airman Kyrsys Sierra Arenas
Senior Airman Tiffany Simms
Senior Airman Brandon Walker
Senior Airman Nicholas Weiland
Airman 1st Class Ryan Macri
Airman 1st Class Quentin Shoemaker