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Two Air Force instructors build intellects, physiques on same campus — August 17, 2018

Two Air Force instructors build intellects, physiques on same campus

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – Two active duty Air Force enlisted professional military education instructors serving at the Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee are building future leaders as well as their bodies during their assignments.

Tech. Sgt. Ebonie S. Hills, an Airman Leadership School instructor, and Tech. Sgt. Isaac M. Dobson, an NCO Academy instructor, did not know each other before coming to the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center; however, both compete in bodybuilding.

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The best, worst selfie — August 10, 2018

The best, worst selfie

Whenever new students come to the Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee (very often), I hear faculty and leadership talking with them about dos and don’ts while on campus. They want to set expectations, they want newcomers to be successful, and they want them to get the most out of their experience. I have a role as a public affairs briefer, despite not teaching anything in the classroom. How will their stories unfold here? How will their actions in the community and with their cell phone cameras and social media while TDY become something more to me than a potential career-ending, wrong decision?

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App’tive audience — August 8, 2018

App’tive audience

U.S. Air Force Capt. Liaquat Ali, deputy director of AF Connect, speaks to Airmen about the Air Force Connect mobile app during the service’s Public Affairs Agency Digital Publishing Workshop, Aug. 8, 2018, at the Air National Guard training and education center in East Tennessee. Captain Ali’s team at the Pentagon have been rolling out the innovation, which allows both public and restricted-access (MyPay, email, AF link) communications on personal mobile devices. Their idea to pair mobile CAC readers with Airmen’s cell phones and tablets were among the finalists in the recent USAF Spark Tank competition. It has been lauded and approved by top leaders, including the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright in a July Facebook post. The free app is available to download. Captain Ali said that units AF-wide are implementing and customizing the app now and in the coming months. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Get those AF evals in with a free Bb course — July 27, 2018

Get those AF evals in with a free Bb course

The Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee is offering its Air Force evaluation bullet writing course online through the Blackboard web learning platform.

The total force class teaches fundamental dynamics on how to write effective bullet statements for enlisted and officer performance reports and AF Form 1206s. It’s developed and managed by the Professional Continuing Education Division.

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Morning, ‘sound reveille’ — July 24, 2018

Morning, ‘sound reveille’

U.S. Air Force Airmen enrolled in Airman leadership school raised the flag during reveille this morning, July 24, at the Air National Guard’s Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center in East Tennessee.

Reveille involves raising the flag at the start of the duty day, and retreat involves lowering the flag at the end of the duty day. EPME students conduct both ceremonies and recite the Airman’s Creed, as part of other customs and courtesies.

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Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Five – Departures and arrivals — July 6, 2018

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Five – Departures and arrivals

The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

In honor of a half-century of learning, this feature series highlights TEC, from its first classes in a World War II-era aircraft hangar to the present day.

The current decade leading to TEC’s 50th anniversary is noted through the departure and arrival of programs and leaders. Part Five looks back at 2008 to 2018. Continue reading

Air Guard announces SUPER-SIZED leadership school — June 14, 2018

Air Guard announces SUPER-SIZED leadership school

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. — The Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee has scheduled a super-sized Airman Leadership School class, starting in early July and running through the first week of August, with hopes to graduate hundreds of Airmen across the nation.

Airmen should work with their supervisors as soon as possible to attend the class being held here at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center.

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Shirts’ symposium most significant, gathers hundreds — June 1, 2018

Shirts’ symposium most significant, gathers hundreds

The Air National Guard’s training and education center hosted the largest gathering of Air Force First Sergeants in recent memory when at least 217 of them met on the campus in East Tennessee this week for a continuing education symposium.

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Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Four – Bridging the centuries — May 31, 2018

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Four – Bridging the centuries

The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

In honor of a half-century of learning, this feature series highlights TEC, from its first classes in a World War II-era aircraft hangar to the present day. Part Four looks back at 1998 to 2008.

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TEC 50th Anniversary: Here are the events — May 7, 2018

TEC 50th Anniversary: Here are the events

This summer will be a big one for the Air National Guard’s primary campus for training and education in East Tennessee. The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary as an organization with a morning celebration, scheduled for July 20; notwithstanding, there’s an NCO Academy Graduate Association celebration banquet in the works the night prior, on July 19.

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