Shared online workouts lift spirits during detachment’s home isolation

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FRIENDSVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Air National Guard training and education center in East Tennessee are not taking their current seclusion for the global pandemic sitting down but instead exercising through shared video workouts.

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s online fitness classes are a means to tackle the COVID-19 adversity together, said the staff and faculty.

The Tuesday through Friday, 10:20 a.m., workouts are challenging. Still, there is plenty of camaraderie and encouragement that radiates from the computer screen, tablet, or smartphone. The 25-minute Zoom meetings that began on April 7 are open to service members and their families and continue for the foreseeable future.

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National Guard training and education center outlines strategic plan

The Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee this month released a five-year Strategic Plan designed to outline its priorities and lines of effort from 2020 through 2024.

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center will work on its main priorities: Take Care of Team TEC; Increase Readiness; Develop Exceptional Leaders.

Also, the Strategic Plan calls for the engagement of its staff and faculty to reach their full potential. Each priority identifies a team, and a deliverable date, as well as lines of effort, key terms, and focus areas for progressing into the future. The plan’s guiding values are respect, trust, and engagement. Continue reading “National Guard training and education center outlines strategic plan”

Guard members remember Oklahoma City bombing [repost]

I wrote this feature on the Oklahoma City bombing 10 years ago. Today (April 19, 2020) is the 25th anniversary. What the National Guard did on that day and following still impresses me. I am certain that many families, friends, and responders today continue to deal with the tragedy, and many Oklahomans drive by the memorial as a reminder to stay vigilant.

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Staff Sgt. David Humphries of the 745th Military Police Company, Oklahoma National Guard, stands watch while rescue operations at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building continue April 20, 1995, the day after the Oklahoma City bombing. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Al Newmeyer, Oklahoma National Guard)

Some describe April 19 as “the day the world began to look at terrorism differently.”

Hundreds of Oklahoma National Guard members will remember today’s date by how they responded 15 years ago to a homeland disaster, unexpectedly, and on a scale never before seen.

At 9:02 a.m., April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was the target of a bombing called “the most significant act of domestic terrorism on American soil.”

A rental truck filled with explosives parked in front of the building exploded, destroying the north side of the building and killing 168, including 19 children. At least 850 more…

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Air Guard’s primary learning center transforms through homework

TEC Classroom Building

FRIENDSVILLE, Tenn. – The Air National Guard’s primary learning and broadcast center is generating military education solutions for the total U.S. Air Force in immediate and long term challenges, said its Airmen teleworking in East Tennessee this week.

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center staff are following the guidance and directives of the CDC, the National Guard Bureau, and the Department of Defense concerning COVID-19, which includes personal distancing, teleworking, and other actions to stop the spread.

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Is respect changing?

Editor’s note: Commentary by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith. This is the sixth article in an ongoing series in which the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center staff and faculty share their perspectives and spark discussion about the organization’s lines of effort.

There are people in this world that I’ve never met that would stand unfulfilled in an extended handshake to me as well as there are strangers that I would risk my life protecting. In my face-to-face dealings with leaders, coworkers, people, and groups, gaining and giving my respect lies somewhere subjectively between those poles.

I believe that understanding respect is an introspective journey to how and why we value others, organizations, and ourselves. As they say in the office and on the battlefield, leaders cannot demand our respect; they must earn it through repeated actions that support our ideals.

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Chalk Talk: New Year’s resolutions

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ebonie Hills, enlisted PME instructor and professional bodybuilder, spotlights TEC’s fitness equipment in this video news series: Chalk Talk. In this episode, she talks about fitness as a New Year’s resolution.* (U.S. Air National Guard video/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)  #USAF #ANG #fitness #chalktalk

* Talk to a doctor before embarking on or ramping up any exercise. Always read/follow the manufacturer’s guidelines first on the safe and proper use of any equipment.

 

Mississippi ‘globe-masters’ perform vital medical airlift mission from Iraq [repost]

This 2007 feature with the Mississippi Air Guard’s C-17 aircrew was my first Iraq assignment for the National Guard Bureau. It put into perspective how many were dedicated to the lifesaving missions during the war. I also bumped into an old friend and officer working on the Balad flight line in the middle of the night, it truly is a small world, I thought at the time. These folks were extremely dedicated to the mission and did it with class, later sending me an American flag that flew with them in appreciation for the coverage.

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By Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – The Mississippi Air National Guard’s 172nd Air­lift Wing makes it look so easy: how they fly aeromedical evacuation missions to the other side of the world, land in a combat zone, pick up wounded warriors and fly home – volunteering to do it over and over again. 

Airmen from the 172nd flew such a mis­sion March 2, looking rested and eager to take off from Andrews Air Force Base, Md. – the first stop on their aerovac mission to Iraq and back. 

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Air Guard education center: a look back at 2019

The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee met challenges and changes during 2019. It’s Airmen spent the year educating thousands in their classrooms, developing and reorganizing for the future, and traveling and broadcasting at units across the nation.

As the year was drawing down, TEC staff and faculty considered their accomplishments for the past 12 months and the challenges in the next.

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Division of Air National Guard’s education center changes its name, direction

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. — The Air National Guard division that manages Professional Continuing Education for thousands of Airmen, including its satellite Warrior Network television studios, has changed its name.

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s PCE Division announced recently that it now will be called TEC University, effective Nov. 1.

The new name, which leaders say identifies a new approach in learning, comes from years of listening to requests by ANG Airmen to broaden its offerings and innovate education methods to upgrade their skills and knowledge, its officials said.

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