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Team Sheppard rated officer selectees from board 12OT03 are: (left to right) Tech. Sgt.'s William Brooks, Drew Ray, Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini, 82nd Training Wing commander, David Heinrich, James Von Duyke and Ruben Labrador (361 TRS) on Sep. 12, 2012 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The five selectees will attend Officer Training School in late 2013 or early 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Danny Webb)
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Five selected for OTS by rated selection board 12OT03

Posted 9/17/2012   Updated 9/17/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Dan Hawkins
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs


9/17/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Five members of Team Sheppard were selected for commissioning as part of the Officer Training School Rated Selection Board 12OT03.

The selectees:

- Tech. Sgt. Williams Brooks, 362nd Training Squadron

- Tech. Sgt. David Heinrich, 365th Training Squadron

- Tech. Sgt. Ruben Labrador, 361st Training Squadron

- Tech. Sgt. Drew Ray, 362nd Training Squadron

- Tech. Sgt. James Von Duyke, 362nd Training Squadron

According to a release from the Air Force Recruiting Service Sep. 14, a total of 507 applications were considered, with 398 personnel selected for commissioning, a selection rate of 78.7 percent.  47 enlisted personnel were chosen to exchange stripes for bars, which accounted for 11.8 percent of all selections.

Team Sheppard's five selections accounted for 10.8 percent of all the enlisted selections across the Air Force.

For Heinrich, who will graduate this November with a degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, getting a chance to earn gold bars is a dream come true.

"When I first got to Sheppard a couple of years ago this was a pipedream," Heinrich said. "Education was my limiting factor...but I decided to really apply myself and get my degree.  Due to my age, this was my first and only chance to get a rated selection, so me and my family are very excited about getting the chance to be an officer."

Perserverence was key to getting a commission for Brooks, who also graduated from Embry-Riddle.

"Before I came on active-duty I tried the ROTC and Air Force Academy route, but it didn't work out," he said. "My recruiter convinced me to come in enlisted and try to earn bars the OTS way...it all worked out in the end."

The selection process includes both objective and subjective factors.  For objective purposes, academic discipline, grade point average and Air Force Officer Qualifying Test scores are factors.  Work experience, accomplishments, adaptability, character, leadership ability, potential for future growth and other recommendations are included in the subjective evaluation process.

For active-duty enlisted members, performance reports and commanders' recommendations are also evaluated.

Similar to an Air Force officer promotion board, three Air Force colonels review every application.

The selectee's will head to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in late 2013 and into 2014 to complete OTS. 

For more information concerning OTS and the application process, active duty members should contact Joshua Jonas at the base education office (676-4839); civilians should contact the nearest Air Force recruiter.



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