Air Force Materiel Command launched a new campaign coinciding with the start of 2011 known as the “Year of the Community College of the Air Force.” Its goal is to encourage all airmen—though the campaign specifically targets E-4s to E-7s—to seek additional education. Currently, 24 percent of AFMC’s enlisted force has earned degrees through CCAF, but Gen. Donald Hoffman, AFMC boss, said he would like to see that number increase by 10 percent in 2011. “Formal education after high school is a path to promotion and personal development for enlisted airmen, and a commodity highly valued in all Air Force members,” writes Hoffman in a letter to AFMC’s airmen. He adds, “Even the wisest mind has something more to learn.” CCAF offers 67 degrees in five general areas. (See CCAF Puts Degree to the Test from the Daily Report archives)
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.