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?
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.
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.