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News and commentary by a National Guardsman

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.

Cyber operations Airman dresses in parody for smiles — October 3, 2018

Cyber operations Airman dresses in parody for smiles

An Airman assigned in cyber operations at the Air National Guard’s education center said that dressing up as a comic character parody for charitable events is a valuable and rewarding way to reach out to the community where he’s assigned.

“Cause-play [dressing in costume for a cause] has been my interest and brings so much joy to others,” Master Sgt. Robert A. Pickler said.

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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)

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