by Tech. Sgt. Michael Slater
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
6/10/2014 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- On
a recent visit to the Gunter Annex of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.,
Chief Master Sergeant Douglas L. McIntyre, Command Chief, Air Force
Space Command, toured the Community College of the Air Force facilities.
During the tour Chief McIntyre was shown a small room containing individuals opening envelopes by hand.
"I asked the person giving the tour, 'What's going on in here?' They
told me here is where the paper transcripts are sent in from all over
the world. I was amazed at the sheer volume of paper transcripts they
were dealing with," Chief McIntyre said. "It also made me feel good
knowing each of those envelopes represents an Airman trying to better
him or herself through education."
The CCAF administrative center, located on the Gunter Annex of Maxwell
Air Force Base, Ala., maintains nearly 3 million student records and
handles 125,000 transcript requests annually from Airmen past and
present pursuing higher education.
"Part of the reason we are the best Air Force in the world is the value we place on education," Chief McIntyre said.
CCAF graduates echoed that sentiment during a 2013 graduate survey.
Two-thirds said earning their CCAF degree improved their oral
communication skills and more than half reported improvements in other
critical mission areas, such as, leadership, writing skills and critical
"During my tour, I received some education numbers for the Air Force and
for AFSPC. I am happy to say the AFSPC Airmen didn't let me down,"
Chief McIntyre said. "You always want to know how your Airmen are
performing compared to the rest of the force. AFSPC is above the Air
Force average in every enlisted tier pursuing associate thru master's
"I am proud of all the AFSPC Airmen who have earned their CCAF degrees,
but I am especially proud of our Airman Tier. They are six percent above
the Air Force average for CCAF degrees."
Chief McIntyre said, with the advent of programs like the Associates to
Bachelorette program, or ABC, a CCAF degree can be an accelerated path
to achieving a 4-year degree.
He also expressed his appreciation to the CCAF leadership for leading the tour.
"I would like to extend a special thank you to Lt. Col. Michael Artelli
and Chief Master Sgt. Andrew Hollis for hosting me on the tour," Chief
McIntyre said. "I've always been a proponent for the CCAF and seeing
them in action further solidified that."
The Community College of the Air Force is the largest community college
in the United States with over 302,000 students, more than the 2nd and
3rd largest schools combined.
To find out more about the Community College of the Air Force or the ABC
program, visit the Air University website at www.au.af.mil.