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News and commentary by a National Guardsman

North Carolina chiefs meet up — April 18, 2019

North Carolina chiefs meet up

Happy Patriots’ Day this week!

U.S. Air Force, North Carolina Air National Guard chief master sergeants, assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte took a moment for a group photograph, April 17, 2019, outside Patriot Hall on the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee.

The chiefs held a three-day workshop, to include TEC’s bullet-writing course.

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A paddler’s approach to teamwork — April 16, 2019

A paddler’s approach to teamwork

Just before 9/11, my father asked me along on a grand canoe trip to the Boundary Waters with his Hudson-valley paddling friends. We’d drive from Schenectady in upstate New York to Ely in upstate Minnesota to spend a week exploring that maze of placid waterways in the vast wilderness area between the United States and Canada.

My dad had his one-person canoe, but his friend, Joe Nicolella, needed a tandem canoe partner.

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sprung Spring — April 9, 2019

sprung Spring

Spring flowers bloom on a mild and sunny Thursday afternoon at Wingman Hall, March 28, 2019, on the Air National Guard’s training and education center campus on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, located just outside the Smoky Mountains near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Spring bloom

25th State Partnership Program event makes education center’s first — April 5, 2019

25th State Partnership Program event makes education center’s first

About 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the U.S. National Guard Bureau and the 54 states and territories spent this week in East Tennessee at the Air National Guard’s training and Education Center, learning and networking on the nation’s State Partnership Program.

The workshop prepares partnership managers – usually assigned at a state joint force headquarters – to run effective partnerships and alliances with 83 nations worldwide. NGB offers it once a year and has for the last 25 years of SPP history.
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Memento maker helps recognize others’ service — January 17, 2019

Memento maker helps recognize others’ service

If U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. William Shepherd ever sets your name on wood you’ll have something hand-crafted to show from your military service.

Sergeant Shepherd is the facilities manager for the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center located in East Tennessee, but he also supports the center’s faculty and staff by crafting a variety of wooden wall plaques, coin holders, and framed flag boxes, among other work.

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Here’s how the Air Guard’s education center did in 2018 — December 19, 2018

Here’s how the Air Guard’s education center did in 2018

In a year of golden jubilee, the Air National Guard I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s staff offered an extensive list of accomplishments for consideration in its 2018 year in review.

Instructors, campus operations, and continuing education Airmen boasted a busy time, and at one point, mid-summer, TEC marked five decades as a center of learning.

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Season’s hazards lie in wait — November 8, 2018

Season’s hazards lie in wait

A melted, blackened, multi-plug surge extension is an excellent example of the unintentional situations going on in our offices and homes regarding the fall and winter safety mindset – or not-mindset – to show how overlooked hazards arrive with the seasons.
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Education center staff, faculty innovate at Thinkshop workshop — October 11, 2018

Education center staff, faculty innovate at Thinkshop workshop

Staff, faculty, and guests tossed a small cloth ball in a circle in a classroom at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air Guard Base in East Tennessee, Oct. 10, 2018, as part of the day’s hands-on exercises in the U.S. Fleet Forces Illuminate Thinkshop.

TEC’s organizers said that they scheduled the workshop today and tomorrow as a way to encourage and promote innovation on campus and across the U.S. Air Force. About two dozen Airmen attended the classes.

The U.S. Fleet Forces said that it initially developed Illuminate Thinkshop for Sailors and Marines. Its “unconventional” approach helps organizations “break down institutionalized barriers and leverage the tacit knowledge of their people,” officials said.

Thinkshop officials called the training valuable toward ways to “foster a culture of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collective ownership.” Innovation is among senior defense leaders’ top priorities.

EPME Center closes fiscal year with graduations, accomplishments — October 10, 2018

EPME Center closes fiscal year with graduations, accomplishments

Faculty and staff at the U.S. Air Force’s enlisted professional military education center in East Tennessee said that the graduations of three EPME classes last month closed out a fiscal year of significant accomplishments.

Classes NCO Academy 18-6, Airman Leadership School 18-10, and ALS Blended Learning Course 18-11, all graduated EPME on the last week of September. In total, the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center graduated 1,894 students over the previous 12 months.

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Cyber operations Airman dresses in parody for smiles — October 3, 2018

Cyber operations Airman dresses in parody for smiles

An Airman assigned in cyber operations at the Air National Guard’s education center said that dressing up as a comic character parody for charitable events is a valuable and rewarding way to reach out to the community where he’s assigned.

“Cause-play [dressing in costume for a cause] has been my interest and brings so much joy to others,” Master Sgt. Robert A. Pickler said.

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