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ICP graduates eight instructors in North Carolina

The 145th Regional Training Site in New London, N.C. was host to nine Airmen attending the Instructor Certification Program (ICP). This two week certification course prepared Airmen to be military instructors both at home station and at satellite locations. Members of the 145th Civil Engineer Squadron along with 163d Reconnaissance Wing,at March Joint Air Reserve Base, California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing, and Airmen from Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing all graduated Sept 4, 2015. The course was taught by Master Sgt. Clifton Boswell from the I. G. Brown Training Center, McGhee-Tyson ANG Base in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

NEW LONDON, N.C. - Airmen attend the Instructor Certification Program here Sept. 1, 2015, at the 145th Regional Training Site. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran/Released)

NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Nothing may exemplify leadership more than becoming a military training instructor, and Airmen here recently trained to help others meet their short- and long-term training goals.

The 145th Regional Training Site hosted the Instructor Certification Program, Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, and helped to graduate eight qualified Air Force instructors.

The ICP showed Airmen how to design lesson plans and student materials. It also helped them to develop evaluative instruments, such as multiple choice test questions and performance evaluations, which support lesson objectives. They also analyzed test data, participated in counseling sessions and provided peer-feedback.

The program included local Airmen and those from the 163d Reconnaissance Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, as well as Airmen from the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, and the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard.

"This course has taught me how to improve and refine a face-to-face approach in giving instruction," said Master Sgt. Emilio Martinez, 163d Reconnaissance Wing. "It's important that my delivery is on target."

Martinez said that there are many variances in which instructors deliver lesson plans, and ICP helped him to match those differences to each student for better retention. 

The instructor was Master Sgt. Clifton Boswell, a curriculum developer from the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. 

"I wanted to make a difference in the Air Force," said Boswell. "As a senior noncommissioned officer, I felt it my responsibility to produce higher quality instructors for the Air Force and enlisted professional military education."

Boswell said that ICP allows upcoming instructors to learn different approaches of communicating with their students. The program also teaches how to analyze student's needs while still meeting standards.

"How I see it," said Boswell, "we only get one chance at being successful in our Air Force career. It is up to us to spend this time wisely. Being a good instructor is by no means an easy job, but it is one of the most rewarding you will likely find in today's Air Force."