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TEC to support ANG strategic plan

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - (From L-R) Maj. James Evans, TEC-TV Branch Chief, gives a tour of the TEC-TV studios in Spruance Hall here to Air National Guard strategic planning system steering committee leadership Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Balskus and Maj. Gen. Gary T. Magonigle, Sept. 23, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - (From L-R) Maj. James Evans, TEC-TV Branch Chief, gives a tour of the TEC-TV studios in Spruance Hall here to Air National Guard strategic planning system steering committee leadership Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Balskus and Maj. Gen. Gary T. Magonigle, Sept. 23, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Leadership from the Air National Guard's strategic planning system (SPS) steering committee visited The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center (TEC) here to explore opportunities for collaboration, Sept. 22-23.

The SPS is a field-driven program chartered by the Director of the Air National Guard to develop its strategic plan for the future.

Made up of general officers representing all states, territories and the District of Columbia, the SPS ensures the Air National Guard is prepared to meet its mission to guard America at home and defend freedom worldwide.

SPS steering committee chair, Maj. Gen. Gary T. Magonigle, who is also the assistant adjutant general for air and commander of the Washington Air National Guard, and executive vice chair, Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Balskus, assistant adjutant general for air and commander of the Florida Air National Guard, came to the TEC to see how the center might contribute to the priorities of its strategic plan.

Of particular interest was the TEC-TV branch and its ability to help with Priority 5: communicate with many voices and one message.

Creating awareness, promoting understanding and reinforcing the identity and value of the Air National Guard is the ultimate goal of Priority 5.

"This is important," said Magonigle. "Fresh eyes on what is in the realm of possible, particularly with the technology and experts you have here, who are very forward thinking in their approaches...will provide the fresh thought we need within this goal."

By leveraging the communication tools employed by TEC-TV, including the Warrior Network satellite system, the Minuteman Report news program, video documentation and production capability, mobile event coverage, and social networking initiatives, the SPS hopes to effectively communicate its message to a full range of internal and external audiences.

"We've been building communications within SPS for some time and we've been looking for the right kind of relationship to publicize and operationalize our messages," said Balskus. "TEC is perfect for that."

Magonigle agreed, "I am very impressed with the people working here...the visionary leadership, energized members...and the think tank approach you take for always reenergizing where communications are going within the Air National Guard. I see a phenomenal opportunity and look forward to further collaboration."