May 13, 2017 10:41:43 PM
Andrew M. Groff has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Officer Training School (OTS) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
The 12-week officer procurement program provides students with in-depth understanding of their role as Air Force officers, trained in leadership, communication and management skills, as well as team building, military history and theory, international security and specialized professional knowledge areas. They also complete physical fitness regimens and air expeditionary forces field-training exercises.
After graduating as officers, students attend a career specialty technical training program to further develop leadership and professional skills.
Groff enlisted in the Air Force Dec. 9, 2008, and served as an air traffic controller at Beale Air Force Base, California, and Columbus Air Force Base. He won several awards including Air Combat Command's Airman of the Year in 2012 and Flying Training Wing's Air Traffic Control Watch Supervisor of the Year in 2015. He will next enroll in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
Groff is the son of Sandy Brake of Centralia, Illinois, and Monty Groff of Beaufort, North Carolina, and stepson of Terry Brake of Centralia and Doris Groff of Beaufort. He is the husband of Nicole Groff and father of Promise.
The officer graduated in 2005 from Centralia High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 from Ashford University, San Diego.