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Airmen raise 54 flags for special events — May 31, 2019

Airmen raise 54 flags for special events

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center campus operations office raised the nation’s state flags along Briscoe Drive here in East Tennessee this morning, May 30, 2019, in preparations for an Airman Leadership School graduation and a change-of-command ceremony.

Campus operations raise the flags for special events. They fold and store the flags on regular duty days, which helps increase their longevity. Continue reading

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

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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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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Here’s how the Air Guard’s education center did in 2018 — December 19, 2018

Here’s how the Air Guard’s education center did in 2018

In a year of golden jubilee, the Air National Guard I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s staff offered an extensive list of accomplishments for consideration in its 2018 year in review.

Instructors, campus operations, and continuing education Airmen boasted a busy time, and at one point, mid-summer, TEC marked five decades as a center of learning.

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Season’s hazards lie in wait — November 8, 2018

Season’s hazards lie in wait

A melted, blackened, multi-plug surge extension is an excellent example of the unintentional situations going on in our offices and homes regarding the fall and winter safety mindset – or not-mindset – to show how overlooked hazards arrive with the seasons.
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Education center staff, faculty innovate at Thinkshop workshop — October 11, 2018

Education center staff, faculty innovate at Thinkshop workshop

Staff, faculty, and guests tossed a small cloth ball in a circle in a classroom at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air Guard Base in East Tennessee, Oct. 10, 2018, as part of the day’s hands-on exercises in the U.S. Fleet Forces Illuminate Thinkshop.

TEC’s organizers said that they scheduled the workshop today and tomorrow as a way to encourage and promote innovation on campus and across the U.S. Air Force. About two dozen Airmen attended the classes.

The U.S. Fleet Forces said that it initially developed Illuminate Thinkshop for Sailors and Marines. Its “unconventional” approach helps organizations “break down institutionalized barriers and leverage the tacit knowledge of their people,” officials said.

Thinkshop officials called the training valuable toward ways to “foster a culture of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collective ownership.” Innovation is among senior defense leaders’ top priorities.