Education center reflects on 50 years: ‘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.
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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

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 →

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.

The campus on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base received 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight with temperatures Wednesday night dropping down to single-digit lows.

TEC’s Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center is the U.S. Air Force’s largest such center, where thousands attend Noncommissioned Officer Academy and ALS annually.

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,

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Blended-Learning Airmen march toward holiday accomplishment

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Airmen in the Airman leadership school blended learning class 18-1 were having fun outdoors, Dec. 1, 2017, during their two weeks of hands-on learning in East Tennessee.

Marching a flight may not have been easy, but there was plenty of camaraderie and encouragement. The Airmen arrived on campus after five weeks of facilitated learning at their home units.

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center is where Air National Guard Airmen go for the combined distance learning and resident course. Their small class of less than two dozen students is the only EPME on campus this month, so they are also the last students scheduled to graduate this year.

About 2,000 Airmen from the regular Air Force, the Air National Guard, and the  Air Force Reserve Command, as well as the Coast Guard and foreign militaries, attend NCO academy and ALS each year at the center. It is the Air Force’s largest and longest running EPME, founded in 1968.

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 would be one thing that you would notice the same – the 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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