Wallace Named One of Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

David WallaceSenior Airman David Wallace III, a November 2013 Park graduate from the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center and a current Master of Business Administration student, has been selected as one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. The award recognizes 12 outstanding enlisted service members for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements. Wallace, with the 91st Security Forces Group at Minot AFB, was chosen after a process of being nominated then winning at the Major Command Level. He recently was honored as the Air Force Global Strike Command Outstanding Airman of the Year.

“The Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year award is huge and rarely seen at the base level,” said Col. Kevin P. Cullen, 91st Security Force Group commander. “In fact, I've only met one other award winner in my entire 22-year career.” The 12 Outstanding Airmen earn the Outstanding Airman ribbon with the Bronze Service Star device and wear the Outstanding Airman badge for one year. They also serve on the Air Force Enlisted Council for one year. Wallace will be recognized with his award during the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference on Sept. 15, in Washington, D.C. Read more about Wallace’s award at www.minot.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123410617

Park Online Programs Ranked Among Best For Veterans

US News and World Report U.S. News and World Report announced on May 20 that Park University was ranked No. 60 on its 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list. The rankings, now in its second year, are designed to help veterans identify high-quality online degree programs that suit their educational needs. To be ranked, an online degree program had to report participation in four key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service. The rankings methodology requires programs to belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill; they must also belong to schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program or public institutions that charge in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans. The Best Online Programs for Veterans are also affiliated with schools that are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and offer at least one course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support catalog.

Finally, all schools evaluated in this ranking must have been awarded a numerical rank in the overall 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings, which were released earlier this year. (Park’s online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked No. 164 in the country and Park’s online graduate business programs were ranked No. 122 in their respective categories. Nearly 1,000 distance education programs were a part of the rankings.) Those programs were assessed for various factors, including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation. Only regionally accredited degree-granting programs that were predominantly online were considered.

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