Monday, November 24, 2008

Academic advisor honored with USA flag from Iraq

Academic advisor honored with flag

Rio Salado College Military Academic Advisor Chantele Carr was thrilled last week to receive a United States of America Flag.

No ordinary USA Flag, the red, white and blue star spangled banner has flown over the cities of Baghdad, Balad, Ramadi, Fallujah, Al Taqaddum and Al Asad, Iraq by a MEDEVAC helicopter and crew assigned to Charlie Company (Air Ambulance) of the 1st battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment. The crew was performing a mission in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The flag was flown in honor of Carr for her dedication and service to American Soldiers around the world, stated the certificate that came with the flag.

Carr, who has spent the past five years advising military personnel around the globe, has received dozens of e-mails and notes thanking her for her work but the symbolic striped pennant was a first.

“I was just shocked. It was totally unexpected, I was just doing my job”, said Carr who strives to go above and beyond to help those serving their country attend college.

The flag was sent from Sgt. Timothy Morse. Initially, Carr began corresponding with Morse’s wife Nancy who was trying to get her husband enrolled in classes. Finding the military tuition reimbursement program challenging to navigate, Morse wanted to pay for his own classes. Carr walked him through the process step-by-step, and helped him enroll in the necessary classes to prepare to enter the Army’s highly competitive physician’s assistant program.

“Chantele Carr is the epitome of great customer service and supporting America’s soldiers, marines, sailors and airman,” said Morse. “When everyone else didn’t take a minute to listen or help she was willing to look outside the box and make things happen for me, said Morse who calls Arizona home and is currently station in Landstuhl Germany. Morse served in Iraq from August of 2007 until Nov. 2 of 2008 as a flight medic.

For nearly three decades Rio Salado has been providing educational opportunities to the military. Servicemembers from around the world enroll in Rio Salado online classes to earn certificates and degrees to further their military careers, switch occupations and prepare for civilian life.

Thousands of members of the military have taken advantage of Rio Salado’s packed schedule of online classes. Motivated by the convenience and flexibility of online classes, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are completing their college education while serving their country.

Rio Salado’s online format works well for servicemembers who are deployed, reassigned and have erratic schedules.

Classes start every Monday; and the online format allows students to work where they want, when they want. Carr belongs to the Military Advisement Team. Military advisement is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of the active duty Servicemember.
Rio Salado courses are state-of-the-art and interactive with 24/7 helpdesk for students with technical questions, online student support and an online mini-syllabus to preview courses. Courses can be accelerated with teacher approval.

“Our goal is to ensure that we provide educational access to our Military students and their Families with the same care, support and service they provide for us, said Yvonne Lawrence
As a military-friendly college, Rio Salado offers a large variety of different degrees and certificates of completion programs. Degrees include an associate in science, arts, general business or an associate in applied science in organizational management, public administration, law enforcement technology and military leadership. Members of the military may be eligible for 100% tuition assistance and it may be used at Rio Salado. Servicemembers often find earning college credits or a degree makes a big difference in their lives.

Rio Salado College is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges. For registration or more information call 480-517-8540 or go to