May 29, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Twenty-seven members of the Air Force track and field team took part in the Academy's graduation ceremony this morning (May 29) and were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The track and field athletes from the Academy's Class of 2013 shared their upcoming assignments with GoAirForceFalcons.com.
Several Falcons will be continuing their education this fall. Jeremy Drenckhahn will be attending medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md., while Michael Tibbs will be pursuing a master's degree in astronautical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio. Kate Kanetzky will spend the next two years at the University of Maryland to obtain a master's in public policy, while Jen Bremser will study nursing at Vanderbilt University, en route to a master's in family practice. Ted Artz will study for a master's in mechanical engineering at Rice University, working with robot-human interfaces for injury rehabilitation, and Evan Rishel will head to the University of Washington to complete an 18-month master's program in aeronautics.
Following graduation, Kanetzky will attend pilot training at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas, while Artz will head to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas, as a part of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program. Rishel is currently scheduled for Kirtland AFB, N.M., following graduate school to work as an aeronautical engineer.
Ten members of the Falcons' program will be heading to pilot training for their first assignment in the Air Force. Brendon Birdsell, Anthony Delgado and Rob Simmons will head to Laughlin AFB, while Matt Bell, James Chambers, Chase Cooper and Gage Owens will attend UPT at Vance AFB in Oklahoma. Morgan Mosby and Andrew Quallio will head to Columbus AFB in Mississippi for their pilot training, while Brian Ford will attend pilot training for unmanned aircraft at Randolph AFB, Texas.
Shane Cox and Cale Simmons will be traveling to Germany for their first assignments. Cox will head to Kapaun Air Station near Kaiserslautern to work as a weather officer and train to enter the Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT) pipeline, while Simmons will work in the contracting field at Ramstein.
Melissa Fuerst and Lesly Torres will both be heading to Keesler AFB in Mississippi for cyber operations training, while Bizzy Mellado (personnel) and Zach Wood (finance) will be stationed at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. Two other Falcons will also be found at F.E. Warren AFB near Cheyenne, Wyo., as Katy Moorkamp and Travis Smith will work in the Force Support and Civil Engineering fields, respectively.
Bethany Gross will head to Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina to serve as an aircraft maintenance officer for F-15s, while James MacAndrew will be an acquisitions officer at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and Uzor Udensi will hold the same position at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.