by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
12/4/2012 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Six Air Force company grade officers have been selected for the Chief of Staff's prestigious PhD program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Nov. 4.
Three captains have been named primary selectees and are expected to begin their education program this fall, said Master Sgt. Teresa Dixon, Officer Developmental Education superintendent.
"Three alternates -- two captains and a captain-select -- have also been identified in case the primaries are unable to attend," she explained.
Primary Selectees Capt. Paul Latour, Air Force Space Command
Capt. Craig Neuman, Air Force Special Operations Command
Capt. Paul Tisa, Air Mobility Command
Alternate Selectees Capt. Joseph Brown, U.S. Air Force Academy
Capt. Levi Thomas, Air Force Research Laboratory
1st Lt. Erik Lin-Greenberg, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
Selections were based on academic experience and job performance, said Dixon.
"The program exists to identify promising officers early in their careers and begin the development that will help them become strong Air Force and joint leaders capable of broad strategic and critical thinking and decision-making," said Dixon.
For more information about this and other officer development opportunities go to the myPers site at https://mypers.af.mil.
12/12/2012 4:32:10 AM ET Well said Bryan.
David Wills, Kabul
12/10/2012 11:21:37 AM ET TJ Really. Everyone of the selectees is a minority representing a mere 7.95 percent of the US population whohave attained a Masters degree and will represent an even smaller group 4.65 percent who earn a Ph.D. Congrats to the selectees who represent the educated minority.
12/7/2012 8:12:00 AM ET t.j. must be in a minority who thinks minorites should be moved to the front of the line because of their minority status. Being in a minority does not move you to the front of the line it means that you should not be kept from being in the line discriminated against. No one should be discriminated against minority or majority.
doesn't matter, doesn't matter
12/6/2012 5:04:22 PM ET Well done TJ. Your eight word sentence would make your second grade teacher quite proud. As for those of us who take pride in their USAF affiliation and who pay our collective congratulations to the PhD selectees in particular your absurd comment will assuredly draw significant disgust. Your query stands in stark contrast to the demonstrated professionalism of those who merited consideration for this educational honor.
12/6/2012 2:08:15 PM ET I don't want someone commanding me just because they are a minority. Equality means we all start the race at the same time not that minorities get a head start.
The Equality Monster, SA TX
12/6/2012 11:48:58 AM ET TJ- Yur a gud spellur.
12/6/2012 9:59:26 AM ET No affirmative action in the military TJ and it is going away everywhere else slowly but surely thank goodness. Good job selectees
Chris Kimball, Indiana
12/5/2012 6:16:18 PM ET Congats on being selected. I do have a caveat for the AF though. I'm enlisted and I have a masters degree. I would love to be able to attend a Phd program sponsored by the AF. I wonder whenif something like that would be available to enlisted personnel.
12/5/2012 11:01:37 AM ET T.J. Seriously
Arctic Warrior, Colorado Springs
12/5/2012 9:07:30 AM ET t.j. saunders That is the best you have to say about being selected to this prestigious program are any of the selectees or alternates minorities How about congratulating these selectees for being selected not what ethnic background they come from...really The selections were made based on academic experience and job performance. What the selectees look like where they are from what background they came from or any other personal information is irrelevant. Integrity First Service Before Self and Excellence in all we do
RetE7, San Antonio
12/4/2012 4:45:08 PM ET Are any of the selctess or alternatesminorities