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News and commentary by a National Guardsman

Airman highlights leadership school options — February 7, 2018

Airman highlights leadership school options

His Air Force instructor singled him out as an excellent example for an interview, so Senior Airman Brody Scott Beaver stood in the hallway at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center. A smile on his face showed no worry as classwork carried on in his absence.

Beaver has a lot on his schedule when you consider his time spent in college and serving in the Ohio Air National Guard. So he is returning home after a couple of weeks away in East Tennessee for Airman leadership school. Continue reading

Let your innovation be known — February 2, 2018

Let your innovation be known

The news drew excitement and pride from many in the Air Force last month, an announcement of finalists in the Spark Tank competition that collects innovative ideas from the Air Force major commands and selects the best at the headquarters level.

There were promotional videos on each idea, there was improving old processes with new technology, and there was improving new technology with old know-how, and amid the plans, there was a prevailing sentiment to strengthen our total Air Force.

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Leadership students see snowy South — January 18, 2018

Leadership students see snowy South

Winter Storm Inga made itself known this week to those in the South. A case in point is Airman leadership school students who attended their retreat ceremony on a snowy Tuesday afternoon at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee.

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Video highlights Airman’s ‘interesting’ resilience — January 8, 2018

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 — December 28, 2017

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 — December 15, 2017

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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Old Glory raised, then lowered — October 5, 2017

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 you would find the same 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 — October 3, 2017

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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165th Airlift Wing keeps disaster relief moving — September 26, 2017

165th Airlift Wing keeps disaster relief moving

Air National Guard Airmen with the 165th Air Terminal Operations Center at Savannah Air National Guard Base prepare 38,000 pounds of meals-ready-to-eat, Sept. 26, 2017, to send as air cargo to disaster areas from Hurricanes Maria and Irma at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Georgia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Air National Guard Airmen with the 165th Air Terminal Operations Center at Savannah Air National Guard Base were operating around the clock this week to send disaster relief to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The group of more than 16 Airmen began 12-hour shifts for handling air cargo out of Savannah shortly after the islands’ devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria became known.

By the looks of things here, the busy operations seemed a good sign that the military did not forget those in dire need.

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Carried response to Maria — September 25, 2017

Carried response to Maria

Air National Guard Airmen with the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Ga., drive forklifts with hurricane response supplies and gear for airlift to Puerto Rico and St. Croix, Sept. 25, 2017, at Savannah Air National Guard Base. The cargo was loaded onto a 143rd Airlift Wing, Rhode Island Air National Guard C-130J cargo aircraft. The flight departed this morning with a security forces contingency from the Washington Air National Guard as well as embedded national media from NBC nightly news. As of Monday morning, the 165th Airlift Wing loaded C-130 and KC-135 aircraft from 11 states with cargo, gear, and passengers in 69 sorties to the disaster areas in Puerto Rico and St. Croix. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)