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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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 →

Air National Guard training center 2017: A look back

Photo: Crystals refract the winter sunrise, Dec. 28, 2017, at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. The crystals are part of a 1978 dedication to Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown, 1st Director of the Air National Guard, credited with founding the campus, which celebrates 50 years of enlisted professional military education in 2018. Called the “crown jewel of the Air National Guard,” the crystals were quarried near General Brown’s hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — Taking a look back at 2017 the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center staff in East Tennessee said that they met challenges in professional military education and continuing education, welcomed new staff members including its Commander, Commandant, and Chaplain, and successfully hosted top military leaders.

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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.