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TEC Promotes ANG EPME at 2010 AETC Symposium

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- More than 3,700 people attended the 2010 Air Education and Training Command Symposium held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio last week, and The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training Education Center (TEC) was there to promote the Air National Guard's enlisted professional military education programs.

The symposium featured nearly 100 academic seminars on a variety of Air Force topics, a technology exposition hosted by the Alamo chapter of the Air Force Association and a formal ball.

The TEC display in the exposition hall provided an opportunity for the Brown Center to highlight the unique total force features of its Knoxville, Tenn., area campus and provide positive exposure for the ANG EPME schoolhouses associated with the Lankford Center for EPME.

Spotlighted at the booth was the ANG satellite EPME program. The Satellite Airman Leadership School and Noncommissioned Officer Academy courses are broadcast over the Air National Guard's Warrior Network satellite system. From the TEC TV studios, instructors work with trained facilitators at the unit level to provide training. The students of this program spend 10 to 12 weeks at home station followed by a 2 week in-residence period at McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

Master Sgt. Dave Hixenbaugh and Tech. Sgt. Eric Bollman, satellite EPME instructors, demonstrated how the interactive television classroom worked from a classroom studio set and control room that were replicated at the TEC booth.

The symposium represented a great opportunity for all Air Force component members to see first-hand the advantages of satellite EPME and other programs and services offered by the TEC.