Moses Krehbiel, son of Phil and Pam Krehbiel of Manistique, Mich., grandson of Bill and Billie Krehbiel of Halstead, and a 2005 Manistique High School honor graduate, received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a member of the class of 2012.


Moses Krehbiel, son of Phil and Pam Krehbiel of Manistique, Mich., grandson of Bill and Billie Krehbiel of Halstead, and a 2005 Manistique High School honor graduate, received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a member of the class of 2012.

In the letter of appointment to Krehbiel, Col. Chevalier P. Cleaves, U.S. Air Force director of admissions, explained, “It is equivalent to a scholarship valued at $387,000. Your previous accomplishments indicate you have the potential to meet the demands and challenges of the Academy and you should be extremely proud of your appointment as only the best of the best are so honored.”

Col. Cleaves concluded in the letter, “I compliment you on an excellent record of personal achievement and look forward to welcoming you to the Cadet Wing on June 26, 2008.”

A1C Krehbiel is in his second year in the Air Force working as an X-ray tech at Lackland Air Force Base. He proved himself to his instructors and leaders and was rewarded with an appointment to the academy class of 2012.

Col. Thomas M. Seay, M.D, commander of the 59th Radiology Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, told Krehbiel, “This is a singularly rare accomplishment, given the thousands of young men and women that seek such an appointment every year.”

To enter the armed forces as an officer, a person has three options: Officer Training School; Reserve Officers Training Corps; or attend a service academy, such as West Point, The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis or the Air Force Academy. Graduates of the Air Force Academy are commissioned as 2nd lieutenants after graduating with a four-year degree.

One of the requirements to attend the academy is a nomination from a U.S. congressman or a letter from a commanding officer if the applicant is already enlisted. Krehbiel received his letter of recommendation from Col. David G. Sorge, USAF, MC.