Video highlights Airman’s ‘interesting’ resilience

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — A video feature that highlights an Airman’s setback and recovery from open heart surgery was published online recently by the Air National Guard’s training and education center.

“I had wanted to produce a feature video about overcoming adversity this year and found Sergeant Wither’s story compelling,” said Master Sgt. Kelly Collett, a videographer assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee.

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Air National Guard training center 2017: A look back

Photo: Crystals refract the winter sunrise, Dec. 28, 2017, at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. The crystals are part of a 1978 dedication to Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown, 1st Director of the Air National Guard, credited with founding the campus, which celebrates 50 years of enlisted professional military education in 2018. Called the “crown jewel of the Air National Guard,” the crystals were quarried near General Brown’s hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — Taking a look back at 2017 the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center staff in East Tennessee said that they met challenges in professional military education and continuing education, welcomed new staff members including its Commander, Commandant, and Chaplain, and successfully hosted top military leaders.

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Airmen net live broadcasts from workstation stream

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee announced this week that government Common Access Card holders can now watch the Warrior Network, closed circuit television channel on their workstation computers.

“We are excited to announce our latest tool for communicators – viewers can now sit at their desktops and watch live broadcasts over the NIPRNet,” said Gerry Barnes, director of the Warrior Network and a broadcast engineer for TEC.

Common Access Card holders with NIPRNet restricted access can watch the Warrior Network through the “Live TV” hyperlink posted on TEC’s public website, www.angtec.ang.af.mil.

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Blended-Learning Airmen march toward holiday accomplishment

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Airmen in the Airman leadership school blended learning class 18-1 were having fun outdoors, Dec. 1, 2017, during their two weeks of hands-on learning in East Tennessee.

Marching a flight may not have been easy, but there was plenty of camaraderie and encouragement. The Airmen arrived on campus after five weeks of facilitated learning at their home units.

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center is where Air National Guard Airmen go for the combined distance learning and resident course. Their small class of less than two dozen students is the only EPME on campus this month, so they are also the last students scheduled to graduate this year.

About 2,000 Airmen from the regular Air Force, the Air National Guard, and the  Air Force Reserve Command, as well as the Coast Guard and foreign militaries, attend NCO academy and ALS each year at the center. It is the Air Force’s largest and longest running EPME, founded in 1968.

Ex-POW shares story before Veterans Day

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. – Retired Air Force Capt. William A. Robinson told his service story as an ex-POW to Airman leadership school today as he did many times before.

The Vietnam veteran stood solo, with merely a three-ring binder of notes, in front of about 100 students and staff, Nov. 6, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, just short of Veterans Day. His audience was silent and captivated.

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Old Glory raised, then lowered

If you visited the Air National Guard’s training center here in East Tennessee this week coming from any other U.S. active duty, National Guard or Reserve military installation, there would be one thing that you would notice the same – the American flag at half-staff.

The President and the governors can order the flag flown half-staff through the U.S. Flag Code in memorialization. This time, flags were raised to their peak, then lowered to halfway in honor of those victims of murder and assault in Las Vegas.

“Our Nation is heartbroken,” proclaimed President Donald Trump, in his notice for the American flag to fly half-staff, Oct. 2 to Oct. 6. Meaning, a week of reflection before the Columbus Day weekend. “As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort and relief to all those suffering.”

These past years, I’d instead not recall how often I’ve walked across the base in the morning to see “Old Glory” flying below its peak to honor Americans under tragic events. It’s too often.
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Air Guard remains top community advocate

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – It would not be out of the ordinary for someone in the East Tennessee Smoky Mountains region to know of a U.S. Air Force Airman.

That’s partly due to the community volunteerism generated here during last fiscal year through students at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center.

“The student’s daily schedule is packed full of academic requirements, so their dedication to service truly shows in their support to the local community while balancing the rigors of coursework,” said Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley, the commandant.

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