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New York Army aircrew lifts 19,000-pound cable spool to mountain — May 21, 2019

New York Army aircrew lifts 19,000-pound cable spool to mountain

Looking back on this article I wrote 14 years ago (Wow!) – it was such a fun assignment, not to mention I got to meet Jay Rand, Olympic ski jumper who was such a nice guy. I genuinely miss these regular field assignments with New York’s Joint Force Headquarters and going across the state with its Soldiers and Airmen.

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By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

LAKE PLACID, NY – Whiteface Mountain manager, Jay Rand, stands in a clearing at the base of Whiteface Mountain on a September morning looking with anticipation towards the eastern Adirondack skyline. Directly aside Rand is a ten-ton spool of cable so thick in diameter, and you could not wrap both hands around it. Roughly eight miles away and 3000 feet above him is the summit of Whiteface.

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Base’s softball game a home run for camaraderie — May 20, 2019

Base’s softball game a home run for camaraderie

ALCOA, Tenn. — Airmen and their families from the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center and the Tennessee National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing joined for a unit Vs. unit softball game Friday, May 17, at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, Tennessee.

“This is an opportunity to team build a bit, which does not happen enough,” U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Juan P. Castro, assigned to the education center, said.

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Practice makes perfect at public affairs managers course — May 9, 2019

Practice makes perfect at public affairs managers course

U.S. Air Force Airmen who practice public affairs at Air National Guard bases across the nation answered mock media questions, May 8, 2019, during the Public Affairs Management Course at the education center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee.

Their on-camera practice and peer reviews may help them when a real crisis arrives at their units, along with an interested public.

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Training center honors sexual assault awareness — April 25, 2019

Training center honors sexual assault awareness

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. — U.S. Air Force staff assigned to the Air National Guard’s training and education center held two events this week to observe sexual assault awareness month.

The campus’s sexual assault prevention and response office and the chaplain office organized the events.

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Striking their best Denim Day — April 24, 2019

Striking their best Denim Day

U.S. Air Force staff assigned to the Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee wore denim today, April 24, 2019, and made their best denim poses outside the Warrior Network television studio in support of Denim Day. Denim Day is an international observance that addresses the improper attitudes about attire toward sexual assault as well as helps to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month, among other support. The campus is also holding an awareness month luncheon tomorrow, sponsored by the center’s SAPR and chaplain offices. #denimday #USAF #IGBrownTEC#ANG #respect

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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