Goldfein spoke while congratulating a graduating class of 203 Air Force officers, two Air Force Non-Commissioned officers, nine Army officers, two Marine Corps officers and 15 civilians. The school also had two international students from Australia and Brazil.
There were 214 master’s degrees and 20 doctorate degrees awarded by the graduate school, which offers degrees in engineering, applied science and selected areas of management.
Victory is not a birthright, said Goldfein, but has to be fought for. It takes education and continuing advancements to advance warfighting excellence.
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“So our nation is going to look to you as the thought leaders to help us prepare and help solve our nation’s hardest challenges,” Goldfein said.
After touring the Air Force Research Laboratory earlier that day, he said the school’s graduates are keeping the Air Force on the cutting edge of techology.
“I have one thing to say to our adversaries: it sucks to be you,” he said.