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Four former Nomads graduate OTS in “Godzilla” class

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Kerry Kearschner, right, Officer Training School graduate, takes the oath of office from Col. John Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. OTS’s primary mission is to train officers who are committed to the Air Force’s core values and ready to lead Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Kerry Kearschner, Officer Training School graduate, gets his 2nd Lt. rank pinned on by his parents at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. Kearschner will go to Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, to begin his training as a contracting officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Kerry Kearschner, left, Officer Training School graduate, receives his first salute at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. The “First Salute” tradition is suggested to have been passed from British regiments and is still practiced in the U.S Armed Services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Robert Bryson, right, Officer Training School graduate, takes the oath of office at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. Bryson was a former plans and programing Airman assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing and is heading to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to train as a Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Robert Bryson, Officer Training School graduate, gets his 2nd Lt. rank pinned on at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. Bryson was a member of the “Godzilla” class where OTS nearly tripled the seats allotted for active duty line officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Robert Bryson, left, Officer Training School graduate, receives his first salute at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. Every new officer is required to receive their first salute, but they can choose to have it at their ceremony or save it for a later date. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force officer trainees take their oath of office after graduating Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept. 26, 2019. OTS is a nine-week course that challenges trainees both mentally and physically before allowing them to graduate as second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Joshua Wixtrom, Officer Training School graduate, gets his 2nd Lt. rank pinned on by his wife and mother at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept. 26, 2019. Wixtrom is going to Pensacola, Florida, to begin training as a Combat Systems Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Calvin Ross, Officer Training School graduate, gets his 2nd Lt. rank pinned on by his parents at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. Ross was a member of the “Godzilla” class where OTS nearly tripled the seats allotted for active duty line officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

Four former Nomads graduate OTS in "Godzilla" class
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Calvin Ross, left, Officer Training School graduate, receives his first salute from his father at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Sept 26, 2019. A silver coin is given in return for the officer’s first salute to represent the deep-filled gratitude officers have for enlisted service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA --

The largest class in Officer Training School history graduated 745 commissioned officers in its “Godzilla” class on Sept. 26, 2019 with former Nomads among them Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Among the graduates were 2nd Lt. Joshua Wixtrom, 2nd Lt. Kerry Kearschner, 2nd Lt. Robert Bryson and 2nd Lt. Calvin Ross who all worked at the 33rd Fighter Wing prior to heading to OTS.

“Lt. Kearschner is the first officer I have ever commissioned and getting that first chance to welcome somebody into the officer corps is a really neat experience,” said Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing commander.

Airmen made the drive from the 33rd FW to support their fellow Nomads.

“I can’t believe it,” said 2nd Lt. Kerry Kearschner, OTS graduate. “I’m overwhelmed with emotion with all the people who helped me get here and came out to support me.”

The graduates were all filled with emotion and for some it was a long awaited dream.

“It’s a great feeling,” said 2nd Lt. Joshua Wixtrom, OTS graduate. “It’s something I’ve been trying to do since I joined.”

Each graduate had their own journey, but all got there with the support of family, friends and wingmen.

“To be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force is truly humbling,” said 2nd Lt. Robert Bryson, OTS graduate. “I applied a year ago and didn’t make it, but the second time I applied I was accepted and it’s truly an honor.”

Airmen who make the decision to apply to become an officer understand how difficult it can be, but putting in the hard work to reach that goal can pay dividends.

“It’s always great to see Airmen reach different milestones and to see these Airmen who have been so successful through their enlisted career that now have the opportunity to join the officer corps,” said Wheeler. “I’m proud of each and every one of them.”