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Two active duty instructors are TEC's quarterly Airmen

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter 2014, Master Sgt. Jason Miller, left, an enlisted professional military education instructor at the Paul H. Lankford EPME Center, I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, and U.S. Air Force NCO of the Quarter, Tech. Sgt. James Laws, also an EPME instructor, were recognized for their active duty and community service here this summer. (U.S. Air National Guard file photo illustration/Released)

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter 2014, Master Sgt. Jason Miller, left, an enlisted professional military education instructor at the Paul H. Lankford EPME Center, I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, and U.S. Air Force NCO of the Quarter, Tech. Sgt. James Laws, also an EPME instructor, were recognized for their active duty and community service here this summer. (U.S. Air National Guard file photo illustration/Released)

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Two Airmen assigned here from the regular Air Force were announced Sept. 24 as the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center's Senior Noncommissioned Officer and Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, respectively, for the calendar year, covering July to September.

Both individuals work at the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center. The Lankford EPME Center instructs a Total Force student body, and it boasts a Total Force staff under the TEC and the Air National Guard.  

SNCO of the Quarter is Master Sgt. Jason Miller, an EPME instructor. He served for more than 16 years as a Medical Technician as well as an Independent Duty Medical Technician at various stations, to include overseas contingency assignments, in combat search and rescue and more recently at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Miller said that he enjoys his instruction with the noncommissioned officer academy students. NCO Academy is a six-week leadership course that prepares Airmen to serve as higher-level leaders.

"It's great seeing their evolvement, and it's great seeing them take some of the lessons we give them and really take them to heart," said Miller.

Outside the classroom, officials said Miller helped "spearhead" three 5K fun runs to include a "glow run" and an Air Force birthday run through the TEC's Top III Association. The money they raised should help the TEC host a SNCO induction ceremony in November, said Miller.

"I am honored to be recognized by my peers and by my leadership," said Miller. 

NCO of the Quarter is Tech. Sgt. James Laws, also an EPME instructor. He is a career-long Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Specialist. He arrived at the TEC in January.

"I definitely want to thank the leadership that we have here," said Laws. "Just the fact that I got recognized here for doing the things the way they are supposed to be done is a testament to leadership."

Among Laws's many accomplishments, in and out of the classroom, as well as in his community, he said he is particularly happy with a presentation he developed for his students.

"I took everything that I believe in and tied it together with [Air Force] lesson principles and now deliver it as a Commandant's brief to the entire NCO Academy," said Laws. "I had that message in my heart for a while ... it's gotten great feedback."

Both Airmen will be formally recognized before their peers at the next Commander's Call.

"Thank you for serving with such distinction," said Col. Jessica Meyeraan, commander, in an emailed announcement.

"I am grateful for, and inspired by, your commitment to excellence, integrity and service," Meyeraan wrote.