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
National Guard Bureau 

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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Chalk Talk: Assisted Dip Machine

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ebonie Hills, enlisted PME instructor and professional bodybuilder, spotlights TEC’s fitness equipment in this new video news series: Chalk Talk. In this episode, she talks about the assisted dip machine.* (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.