“In his book, ‘Outliers,’ Malcom Gladwell looks at extremely successful people and how they got there,” said Chief Master Sgt. Maxwell Grindstaff, command chief for the Ogden Air Logistics Center and 75th Air Base Wing.
"His book points out that while many variables can help on the path to success, a consistent them was that successful people took advantage of opportunities and had supportive communities and supportive families," Grindstaff added.
At a celebration noting the successful Year of the Community College of the Air Force in which Hill contributed to AFMC's 1,685 graduates to the YoCCAF, Grindstaff thanked the Education Center Secretary of Education Master Sgt. Chi Swanson and her team.
Hill contributed the largest number of graduates in the AFMC toward increasing such graduations by the rate of 10 percent.
"Our statistics were phenomenal," said Grindstaff.
The celebration while intended to celebrate the accomplishment also launched the Year of Continuing Education, an effort to extend educational goals for not just Airmen, but officers, enlisted and civilians, to undergraduate degrees and certificates.
"While there's no tuition assistance for civilians, the staff at the Education Center can assist them in finding the right schools at the right price," said Grindstaff. "In addition, if they are civilians who have earned their Community College of the Air Force degree while on active duty -- there are additional programs to assist them with further goals."
He encouraged anyone in doubt about their educational plans to contact the Education Center. Grindstaff reinforced the focus is still on Airmen, but the impetus has broadened to include many more in light of economic times.
In quoting Gladwell's book on success, Grindstaff pointed to the sense of community in the coming Year of Continuing Education: "Our education staff stands by to offer those opportunities, and you and your teammates are that supportive communities and that supportive family. It really doesn't matter whether our teammates go back to school for more money, enhanced knowledge or better odds at promotion. At the end of the day, we all benefit by having these more educated war-fighters at our side.
"That advocacy, support and simply caring about your people reinforces the sense of family we so often speak of in the Air Force," said the command chief. "In the challenging world we live in, caring for is one of those ties that bind us together as a profession of arms. So talk up the YoCE."