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Officers graduate Advanced Study of Air Mobility program

ASAM class of 2021 pose for a group photo.

Advanced Study of Air Mobility (ASAM) class of 2021 pose for a group photo June 4, 2021, at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. As an 11-month course, ASAM was commissioned based on the vision of U.S. Air Force Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman to create “Masters of Air Mobility” to provide Air Mobility officers with an in-depth education in the Global Reach concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Carter)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Sixteen officers graduated from the Advanced Study of Air Mobility program, which is taught at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center. These graduates will integrate and immediately apply their knowledge, expertise and leadership in mobility to their future assignments.

Guest speaker for the ceremony was Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command.

“This course is highly selective, and it develops the Airmen that we need,” said Webb.  “One of the key goals in ASAM is mobility leadership, and I’m here to tell you the skills you learned this year, coupled with those leadership aspects, are absolutely key going forward. You are the leaders of agile mobility. Congratulations on completing this course.”

ASAM was commissioned in 1994 based on the vision of former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman to create “Masters of Air Mobility.” As an 11-month course, ASAM is an Air Force intermediate developmental education program designed to provide air mobility officers with an in-depth education in the global reach concept.

Upon completion of the course, graduates were awarded a Master of Science in Operations Management, with a focus in logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Engineering and Management.

Additionally, graduates received a developmental education certificate of completion from the USAF Expeditionary Operations School.

“There were probably many late nights where you wanted to throw your computer out the window and wanted to give up,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Andy McQuade, AFIT dean of students. “But, you stuck through, you persevered and here you are on graduation day.”

During the ceremony, students were recognized for their outstanding achievements throughout the program. Award recipients are:

2021 Dr. Jakes T Moore Graduate Research Prize – Maj. Joe Mercurio; 2021 Sole Field Award in Technology Systems Analysis – Maj. Jacob Lambach; ASAM Class 2021 Honor Graduates – Maj. Ryan Wells and Maj. Jacob Lambach; ASAM Class 2021 Distingushed Graduates – Maj. Mark Amos and Maj. Joe Mercurio; and Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman Award for Excellence – Maj. Mark Amos.