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AF selects six Airmen for AFIT graduate program

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Air Force officials recently selected six enlisted Airmen to continue their education through the Enlisted to Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Degree Program.

"My congratulations go out to these fine Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley. "We had a number of great applicants, but these individuals demonstrated the necessary dedication and commitment. This program gives our leaders a diverse and talented pool of top-notch NCOs our expeditionary Air Force needs."

The six Airmen and the degree programs they will study are:
-- Tech. Sgt. William Bai, Cyber Operations
-- Tech. Sgt. Seth Flinchbaugh, Economic Crime (AFIT Civilian Institution Program)
-- Tech. Sgt. David Flosi, Logistics Management
-- Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hale, Information Resource Management
-- Tech. Sgt. Wesley Schuler, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
-- Master Sgt. Brian Tobin, Logistics Management

Individuals interested in applying for the 18-month program must be at least a technical sergeant with a minimum of eight years time in service, 24 months time on station and have three years retainability upon graduation. Moreover, prospective applicants need to complete the appropriate skill-level upgrade and resident professional military education schooling for their rank, officials said.

Applicants must also have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition to the academic transcripts, applicants must provide test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or Graduate Management Admission Test, depending upon the specific AFIT degree-program requirements.

The Enlisted-to-AFIT Selection Board for the 2009 academic year convenes in February. Nomination packages must be received by the Developmental Education Office at the Air Force Personnel Center's Directorate of Assignments no later than Jan. 16. Nominations from all career fields will be considered. In March, AFPC will announce the Enlisted-to-AFIT selects and alternates for academic year 2009.

"Advanced education is a critical element in improving our combat capability and in keeping our warfighting prowess sharp," Chief McKinley said. "We must continue to develop our future leaders to keep us out in front as the most technologically superior Air Force in the world."

AFIT is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and grants masters and doctoral degrees at its two resident graduate schools and supervises students enrolled in its civilian institutions program.

For more information on the Enlisted-to-AFIT program, speak to your supervisor for eligibility requirements, visit http://www.afit.edu/ , or call the Air Force Contact Center for details at (800) 616-3775.