Since 1987 SFCC has recognized an outstanding alumnus at spring commencement. Read about the latest award winner and nominate a graduate for the next year’s award.

Dr. Anderson and Lt. Col. Justin Secrest
Dr. Joanna Anderson presented Lt. Col. Justin Secrest the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award at SFCC’s 49th commencement ceremony.

Lt. Col. Justin Secrest, Commander of the 509th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Whiteman Air Force Base, has been named SFCC’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and will address the graduates. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from SFCC in 1993 during his first enlisted assignment at Whiteman.

Under Secrest’s leadership, the 509th SFS defends Stealth Bombers, U.S. resources and the Whiteman community with 24-hour security coverage. The Air Force awarded the 509th SFS the 2017 Air Force Global Strike Command Outstanding Security Forces Unit for exhibiting “unparalleled vigilance in accomplishing their mission.”

Prior to his current assignment at Whiteman that began July 2016, Secrest served as Deputy Commander, 341st Security Forces Group, Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, Montana. He has served in Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Space Command and Air Force Global Strike Command in all levels of security forces. From 2007-2008, Secrest served in Iraq as compound commander for over 3,000 detainees.

Secrest holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a Master of Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of FBI National Academy Session 240 and Marine Command and Staff College. He has earned multiple certifications in anti-terrorism and law enforcement and has written multiple articles such as “The Professionalization of Security Forces 1947-2012–Insights for Leaders” and “Media’s Role in Operation Iraqi Freedom Detention Operations.”

In 2001, through the Air Force Officer Training School, Secrest earned a commission, graduating number one out of 305 trainees and earning outstanding graduate status and the Chappie James Leadership Award. In 2000, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Regents College and the Community College of the Air Force’s (CCAF) Occupational Instructor Certification. Secrest holds three CCAF Associate of Applied Science degrees: Security Administration, Electronic Systems Technology and Instructor of Technology and Military Science.

A native of Pleasant City, Ohio, Secrest’s family includes wife Jenn and three children. Kelis, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, is a Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant Artillery officer. Logan is a senior at Western Kentucky University, and Evelyn is a senior at Knob Noster High School. Secrest enjoys running, golf and playing his guitar – but mostly he loves his family and leading airmen.

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2017Dr. Kristee LorenzClass of 1986
2016Jorge R. GuevaraClasses of 2005, 2006, 2009
2015Dr. Jennifer HargraveClass of 1998
2014Roger C. AustinClass of 1986
2013Dr. Dean DohrmanClass of 1987
2012Tom GerkeClass of 1976
2011James Trujillo, Jr.Class of 2004
2010Saundra OvertonClasses of 1984, 1989
2009Debbie NolandClass of 1972
2008Nellie K. Owen, DVMClass of 1991
2007Marlin G. HammondClass of 1972
2006David C. FurnellClass of 1981
2005Peggy RichardsonClass of 1977
2004Susan HortonClasses of 1979, 1980, 1994
2003Elaine PaxtonClass of 1971
2002Dennis ShullClass of 1980
2001Eric YazellClass of 1987
2000Brad SchnackenbergClass of 1989
1999Brad DittmerClass of 1979
1998James RennisonClass of 1974
1997Jane LuperClass of 1975
1996Patricia GillmanClass of 1988
1995Evelyn JorgensonClass of 1972
1994Tony ClaxtonClass of 1980
1993Barry GuierClass of 1977
1992Leonard DixonClass of 1977
1991Ruth ElmoreClass of 1982
1990Cam JenningsClass of 1974
1989Thomas DeuschleClass of 1978
1988Josephine DeyClass of 1979
1987Debbie BiermannClass of 1973

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