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Airmen selected for commissioning

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Three Ellsworth Airmen were recently selected to participate in commissioning programs and will depart this summer to start their process of becoming the next future leaders of tomorrows Airmen. 

Staff Sgt. Jacob Roney, 28th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, was selected to attend Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base with a follow-on to Randolph Air Force Base for navigator training. 

Airman 1st Class Jared Bindl, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communication navigation management system journeyman, was selected to participate in the Airman Education and Commissioning Program where he will attend college for three years majoring in electrical engineering. 

Senior Airman Colby Anderson, 28th Communications Squadron network services technician, was selected to attend the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo., with a follow-on appointment to the academy. 

"Due to Force Shaping, commissioning slots have been significantly reduced, so it's great to see our Ellsworth airmen being selected," said Marsha Taylor, 28th Bomb Wing education counselor. 

"I feel that my prior enlisted background will give me great insight and a breadth of experience from which to draw from when making decisions that will affect my enlisted troops in the future," said Staff Sgt. Roney. "I am proud of my enlisted service and I look forward working with the Air Force enlisted professionals in this new capacity. 

"Despite the shrinking numbers of officers, it is still very possible to set your goals and achieve them. You may have to work a little harder but the end will and do justify the means." 

More information on OTS, AECP, the Air Force Academy and other commissioning programs is available at the Education Center, located in the Rushmore Center or by contacting 385-2308.