10 Airmen recognized for academic achievement Published May 31, 2013 By Master Sgt. Suzanne Connell 152AW/PA RENO -- The Nevada Air National Guard held a ceremony here May 19 to recognize 10 Silver State Airmen who received their Community College of the Air Force degree this semester. The graduates, listed with their major, included: Master Sgt. Daniel Baraz, Human Resource Management; Master Sgt. Christopher Crawford, Human Resource Management; Senior Airman Christopher Delostia, Avionic Systems Technology; Tech. Sgt. Thomas Henson, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Master Sgt. David Hill, Restaurant, Hotel and Fitness Management; Staff Sgt. Todd Lawson, Criminal Justice; Staff Sgt. Kristine Mireles, Information Management; Staff Sgt. Alex Norris, Human Resources Management; Master Sgt. Michael Robinson, Electronic Systems Technology; and Senior Airman Devon Whitaker, Electronic Systems Technology. All earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science. With dozens of family, friends and fellow Airmen in attendance, the 152nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Jeffrey Burkett presented each graduate with their diploma. The 152nd Force Development Flight hosted the event. The Air Force will soon require senior non-commissioned officers competing for the ranks of senior master sergeant and chief master sergeant to have a CCAF degree. Mireles celebrated two degrees in one memorable weekend. "This last weekend was a big weekend for me. Not only did I receive my CCAF in Information Management, but I also earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada Reno," Mireles said. "I plan to continue to go to school and further my education and I am so fortunate to have the Nevada Air Guard to help me do that." According to the United Sates Air Force Air Education and Training Command's Air University, CCAF degree programs are designed to enhance the technical, leadership, management, and military skills of enlisted members. "Earning my CCAF degree contributes to my development as a 'whole person' and helps develop my personal team and institutional competencies that can be utilized in a manner to better any organization," Henson said. "I am extremely proud of this accomplishment and it has increased my motivation to continue to be successful," Whitaker said. "This degree will also aid in me in becoming a more effective leader and NCO. As a traditional Guardsman, I have the advantage of becoming a positive role model and influencing people both on and off base while simultaneously implementing the Air Force Core Values."