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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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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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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.

EPME Center closes fiscal year with graduations, accomplishments — October 10, 2018

EPME Center closes fiscal year with graduations, accomplishments

Faculty and staff at the U.S. Air Force’s enlisted professional military education center in East Tennessee said that the graduations of three EPME classes last month closed out a fiscal year of significant accomplishments.

Classes NCO Academy 18-6, Airman Leadership School 18-10, and ALS Blended Learning Course 18-11, all graduated EPME on the last week of September. In total, the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center graduated 1,894 students over the previous 12 months.

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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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Get those AF evals in with a free Bb course — July 27, 2018

Get those AF evals in with a free Bb course

The Air National Guard’s training and education center in East Tennessee is offering its Air Force evaluation bullet writing course online through the Blackboard web learning platform.

The total force class teaches fundamental dynamics on how to write effective bullet statements for enlisted and officer performance reports and AF Form 1206s. It’s developed and managed by the Professional Continuing Education Division.

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