Former Air Force basketball player Jacob Burtschi said he will be released from the remainder of his active-duty service commitment in the summer and will begin pursuing a professional basketball career.
Burtschi is taking advantage of the force management program, which aims to reduce the number of airmen in the Air Force by approximately 3,700 (for budgetary reasons).
“The paperwork’s in final coordination, and everything looks good,” said Burtschi, a 2007 Air Force graduate who ranks 10th all-time at the academy in scoring (1,205 points) and is the program’s all-time leader in steals (196) and games played (125).
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” he told The Gazette on Thursday. “The Air Force has been great to me. It’s been my life for the last seven years. It’s hard to say goodbye, but I was able to serve my country and now I can chase my ultimate dream, which is playing professional basketball.”