The Florida Gulf Coast Parents Club is proud to recognize our ten cadets in the Graduating Class of 2009 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. Graduation will be held on May 27, 2009 with Vice President Joe Biden delivering the commencement address. Our newest officers call the Tampa Bay area home and have successfully completed the high standards of a military academy.
The U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs is considered one of the top educational institutions in the country. The Academy currently has 4,500 students comprising the Wing of Cadets who hail from every state in the union, plus several foreign allied countries. Admission to the Air Force Academy or any of the U.S. military academies is a full scholarship.
Our graduates have completed an intensive four-year program balancing academics focused on engineering, a full military regimen, and rigorous physical fitness to complement the needs of the U.S. Air Force. Their education is combined with strict, professional military training emphasizing the development of leadership skills. Our graduates will now fulfill their commitment to the U.S. Air Force in various capacities.
We congratulate our 2009 graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy who hail from the West Coast of Florida. They are our newest officers in the United States Air Force and our future military and community leaders.
2nd Lt. Ryan Clisset is a graduate of Tampa Bay Technical High School, Health Academy, Tampa, FL. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics and graduated with Distinction in the top 8% of his class. Ryan was Wing Staff and Group Staff Director for Standards and Evaluations; was on the Superintendent’s list for excellence in academic, athletic and military achievement; and has obtained his Jump Wings. Ryan played for the Falcons Tennis Team. He will report to Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. Ryan traveled overseas to Japan, South Korea, Italy, Alaska and Hawaii for summer OPS. He has enjoyed intramural sports as well as skydiving and snow boarding in the Rockies. He is the first USAFA graduate from New Tampa (Tampa Palms).
2nd Lt. Robert Consiglio, a graduate of Bloomingdale High School, Valrico, FL, will report for Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, in Del Rio, Texas. Rob obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was Squadron Commander for Combat Survival Training, Moral Welfare Recreation Officer for 3 years (Rob organized and cooked for the football tailgates for Squadron 8), was President of the Student Chapter of IEEE (Electrical Engineering Professional Society), obtained his Jump Wings (Skydiving), Soaring Wings (gliders), has over 50 sky dives and has trained cadets in Jump School. Rob enjoys cooking and skydiving.
2nd Lt. Matthew Daniels is a graduate of Tampa Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL and graduated from USAFA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. Matt has been assigned to Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina for work as a Financial Manager. Matt graduated from the Air Force Academy Prep School and successfully completed the demands of the Academy. He played linebacker for the Prep School and Falcons Football Team. He obtained his Glider Wings and worked as Assault Course Cadre for three years. Matt enjoys coaching peewee football and playing basketball.
2nd Lt. Victor DiTommaso III graduated from Sarasota High School, Sarasota, FL. Victor or DiTo, as he is called, earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science, came in First in his major, and has a minor in Russian. He will be earning his Masters Degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Public Policy in Cambridge, MA. DiTo will enter pilot training after obtaining his Masters. He was Squadron commander of Squadron 14, was on the Deans List every semester, and was a Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship Finalist. DiTo has been very involved with the Political Science Department’s Academy Assembly. He has studied and done research under various departments in Germany, Ukraine and Greece. He enjoys intramural sports and weight training.
2nd Lt. Evan Farren, is a graduate of Chestnut Hill High School, Philadelphia, PA. He calls Clearwater, FL home. Evan earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He will report to Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas for pilot training. He was the Group 2 Honor Chairman and earned his Soaring Wings. He was a soaring instructor pilot and a spin pilot. He was the AM-461 Commander and upgraded the teaching program for cadet pilots. Evan was on the Superintendents list for four semesters for excellence in academic, athletic and military achievement.
2nd Lt. Beth Pershing of Marco Island, FL is a graduate of Lely High School, Naples, FL. Beth earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She will report to Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming as a Force Support Officer. Her future goals include attending medical school, completing residency as a trauma surgeon and making the Air Force her career. During her time at USAFA she instructed and coached the Taekwondo Club, lead the squadron as element leader, first sergeant, and director of operations. She commanded Operations Air Force. Beth led community service in her squadron and won top squadron for community service. Beth traveled to Thailand with the biology department for cultural immersion and experience.
2nd Lt. Andrew Roberts, a graduate of Kathleen Senior High School in Lakeland, FL. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in General Engineering with an emphasis on Aeronautical Engineering. He has been assigned to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia for duties as a Developmental Aeronautical Engineer 62E1A. His accomplishments at the Academy include teaching hundreds of cadets to safely shoot an M-16A2, his Squadron 9 was designated as Outstanding Squadron in 2006 , and shot Expert at Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) (the weapons training course). Andrew enjoys sporting clays, hiking the mountains, and target shooting.
2nd Lt. Kimberly Robinson, is a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, International Baccalaureate Program, Palm Harbor, FL. Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Area Studies with a minor in Japanese. During her time at the Air Force Academy, Kim served as a Cadet Falconer representing the Air Force on public affairs trips all across the U.S. Her excellent performance both militarily and academically resulted in her selection as a high ranking member of the Cadet Wing in the position of Group Director of Safety and also in her selection to travel to Japan for both language immersion and for Olmsted Foundation-sponsored cultural immersion trips. Kim will report to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas to attend Intelligence School this summer, and she plans to continue her studies in language and foreign areas throughout her Air Force career.
2nd Lt. Joseph Tomczak is a graduate of Durant High School, Plant City, FL. Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and will attend pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas. He served on Wing Staff for Public and International Affairs, Group Staff, and as a Flight Commander at the Academy. He spent a semester at West Point as an exchange student, and rowed for the Army crew team. He has enjoyed running and scuba diving at the Academy. During his time at USAFA Joe has traveled to 17 different countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Britain and Germany.
2nd Lt. Wesley Tubman, a graduate of Seven Rivers Christian School, Lecanto, FL received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Wes will enter pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. Wes was a soaring instructor pilot competing in many national competitions with aerobatic demonstrations at various air shows across the country. He was a part of the 2009 Glider Aerobatic Team participating in numerous local and national soaring competitions. Wes was involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and enjoys snow boarding as well as rock climbing. He looks forward to serving his country as a pilot in the Air Force.
For more information on the Air Force Academy, see www.usafa.af.mil.
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