AF provides the tools to reach higher

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  • By By Senior Airman Damon Kasberg
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
From the first time people open their eyes they are always learning. Growing up, parents, teachers, coaches and many other people have stressed the importance of education, but in some circumstances, such as being an Airman, people need to be educated on how to get an education.

That's why the 86th Force Support Squadron Education Office offers many opportunities to continue an educational journey, while continuing to serve.

"Military tuition assistance through the Air Force will fund your Community College of the Air Force degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree and a one-time certification," said Pamela Fiorito, 86th Force Support Squadron education services specialist. "Depending on an Airmen's level of education when they enter the Air Force, they can take advantage of many different programs based on their desires."

The education office provides many tools for Airmen who want to take the first steps toward earning their degree, even if they're unsure what it is they want to study.

"We offer advice to Airmen on how they can take advantage of their military benefits, as well as their GI Bill," Fiorito said. "We can help with college searches, program searches, we have on base schools and we can help with career guidance tools."

While the necessary people and tools are at the education office in order for Airmen to obtain their degree, many young Airmen don't seek them out for similar reasons.

"The majority of people don't pursue their CCAF because they don't think they have the time or they're scared of the unknown," Fiorito said. "We tell supervisors who have earned their CCAF degree to encourage their Airmen to do the same. It's a lot easier when you have someone you know, who has their degree guiding you through the process.

"As far as time, it's all about priority," she continued. "How important is a college education to you? If it's your goal, you'll find time."

Whether Airmen decide to make the Air Force a career or not, the importance of education always remains.

"Education is what broadens our perspective and enhances our abilities to perform our mission," said Mark Rix, 86th FSS education and training chief. "Whether it's in the military or not education represents possibility, having that education opens more doors. You don't want to miss an opportunity because you didn't seek out education."

For more information on the education office, call 480-2032 or visit the Ramstein Education Office at building 2120, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.