Public health graduate named second lieutenant in the US Air Force | School of Public Health

On May 12, Kaleigh Moss, a graduate of the Class of 2023 from the West Virginia University School of Public Health, joined 15 fellow cadets as she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

His first salute at the commissioning ceremony, hosted by Air Force ROTC Detachment 915, was to the person who mentored him during his time as an enlisted member with the 911th Airlift Wing in Pittsburgh.

“My first salute was John Fowler, who is an Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Technician on C-17s with the 911th Airlift Wing,” Lt. Moss said. “During my time as an enlisted member, he taught me to be an excellent aircraft maintainer by displaying core Air Force values. It best exemplifies the core value of service before self. Fowler’s top priority is to make sure the mission succeeds.

2d Lt. Kaleigh Moss salutes Master Sgt. John Fowler at the commissioning ceremony for Air Force ROTC Detachment 915 May 12.

Moss’ twin brother, also a May graduate (Middlebury College, BA in Art History), and his mother attended his pinning ceremony.

As a next step for Moss, who walked the debut stage later the same day to receive her BS in public health, she will work as an airfield operations officer.

“I will manage radar systems, weather systems, airfield maintenance and air traffic control,” she explained.

Along with her new assignment, she also plans to continue her education, crediting Steve Davis, associate professor of health policy, management and leadership, for her decision.

“Dr. Steve Davis’ project management class inspired me to pursue a master’s degree in project management at George Washington University,” Moss said.

When it comes to inspiring students who will follow in her footsteps, Moss shares some wisdom.

“Talk to your teachers!” All of my teachers have been great and supportive,” she said. “They can’t help you if you don’t communicate with them.”

Learn more about 2d Lt. Moss and her field internship with Girls on the Run and visit the School of Public Health website to learn more about its undergraduate programs.


CONTACT: Nikky Luna, Director of Marketing and Communications
WVU School of Public Health
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