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EPME instructor receives TEC Patriot Award

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Master Sgt. Bonnie S. McGuffin, EPME instructor, right, receives the TEC Patriot Award from Col. Richard B. Howard, commander, left, during the commander's monthly fitness training session at Wilson Hall on the campus of The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center here, July 28, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Master Sgt. Bonnie S. McGuffin, EPME instructor, right, receives the TEC Patriot Award from Col. Richard B. Howard, commander, left, during the commander's monthly fitness training session at Wilson Hall, July 28, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- The commander of The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center presented his Patriot Award to a member of the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) Center during his monthly fitness training session at Wilson Hall here, July 28.

Col. Richard B. Howard presented the award to Master Sgt. Bonnie S. McGuffin, an EPME instructor, for recognition of her service and contributions to the mission of the center.

During this fiscal year, the Lankford Center began training an additional 750 active duty Airmen...an increase of more than 800% over last year. This growth combined with numerous staff vacancies had everyone going above and beyond to accomplish the mission.

Howard said McGuffin's leadership skills and experience were key to helping the center through this transition.

"Bonnie is one of our unsung heroes," said Howard. "She's a gifted leader that has both Airman Leadership School and NCO Academy instructors all pulling together in a common, and happy, bond. She's remarkable... a leader one should follow and emulate."

The Patriot Award is the commander's personal award to show appreciation for those he feels have gone above and beyond in their service to the center.