Eartheditor

News and commentary by a National Guardsman

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Three – Physical, technical junctures — April 23, 2018

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Three – Physical, technical junctures

The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee 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.

Possibly no other period significantly transformed TEC than its third decade. Part Three looks back at 1988 to 1998.

Continue reading

Video highlights Airman’s service in auto accident — April 12, 2018

Video highlights Airman’s service in auto accident

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – A video news report from the Air Guard’s TEC-TV studios here recently shared one Airman’s story about a quick decision to help a stranger at a roadside accident outside the East Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Despite the event occurring more than a year ago, Staff Sgt. Thomas Swanson, a public affairs specialist, produced the video while training in March with TEC-TV’s Production Branch and after hearing from others about Tech. Sgt. Jesse E. Ball’s compelling story.

Continue reading

Education center wins nine National Guard media awards — March 27, 2018

Education center wins nine National Guard media awards

The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center was named a winner Friday of nine awards in the 2017 National Guard Bureau Media contest, including awards for videography, graphic design, and writing.

“TEC has talent!” said Col. Kerry Lovely, commander, in a staff-wide email congratulating the awardees.

Awardees will compete in the service-level awards. TEC has received more than two dozen broadcast and video production awards since 1998 from the Department of Defense’s media competitions, not including a significant amount of individual awards earned by former and current staff.

Continue reading

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Two – Building on success — March 21, 2018

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part Two – Building on success

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – In honor of a half-century of learning, this feature series highlights the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, from its first classes in a World War II-era aircraft hangar to the present day.

How did the Air Guard set its education bar higher from the previous decade? Part Two looks back at 1978 to 1988.

Continue reading

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part One – ‘Before him, there was nothing’ — February 26, 2018

Education center reflects on 50 years: Part One – ‘Before him, there was nothing’

LOUISVILLE, Tenn – 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.

What does it take to put an education center together? Part One looks back at 1968 to 1978.
Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading