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Student and staff from Airman leadership school class 16-8 gather on stage to celebrate the completion of the first blended learning course, here, Aug. 26, 2016, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. Blended learning is a facilitated online version of ALS combining distance learning and the in-residence professional miltiary education to better serve the needs of reserve force Airman and the Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry D. Harlan/Released) We can't go wrong developing Airmen through their feedback
How can we go wrong if we develop a course for Airmen, by Airmen, with Airmen's feedback guiding the way? I do not believe that we can.The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center graduated our first Airman Leadership School Blended Learning Course - class 16‐8.Never before has an Airman completed
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2016
Noncommissioned Officer Leadership school 71-2L, with 22 Women in the Air
Force, or WAFs,  and staff in November 1970 at the I.G. Brown Training and
Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville,
Tenn. NCO leadership school was the precursor to today's Air Force Airman
leadership school. This class was also reported as the largest single
graduation of WAFs in a leadership school to date, and these women were the
first to attend classes at the TEC. They graduated Nov. 27, 1970. Women were
accepted on an equal basis with men in 1976, and the WAF program ended.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo)
How EPME women progressed AF leadership
How EPME women progressed AF leadership
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2016
A construction worker measures a piece of heavy-gauge siding, August 1, 2016, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. Work on the Air National Guard training center's new dormitory and classroom facility broke ground nearly two years ago and is nearing completion. The facility will contain approximately 47,000 square feet of additional space. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith) If we're smart, learning does not get easier
When we can't see a personal benefit in an old task, and we give it our all in any event, we're smarter for it.I have to admit that I almost went to rewrite.If you don't know journalism much, rewrite is a term that can define a form of self-plagiarism, where you recycle your own work without telling readers. (It's also a system of reporting news
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2016
U.S. Air Force Airmen attend class during Airman leadership school June 21, 2016, at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tenn. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) A 21-smile Airmen 'offensive'
Is a smile contagious? Some scientists think so.Emotion studies at Harvard Medical University report that our positive relationships and social connections can increase our happiness, and it can even spread and build up, much like a cold.Of course many of us may already know that. The famous American musician Louis Armstrong did not need an
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2016
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Tree branches grow past a crosswalk sign here May 6, 2016, in the parking lot outside Patriot Hall at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) Run out, share your safety story this summer
You'd think that I'd run out of personal safety experiences after several years of writing commentaries on my klutzy screw-ups. But considering that hazards abound, I persist in embarrassing myself again to support the summer safety campaigns - not forgetting to share the lessons that I learned.I'm not a safety expert, but I think that there are
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2016
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - This Air Force unit patch for the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center - now framed with a certificate of authentication signed by NASA astronaut Air Force Lt. Col. John M. Lounge - went into space for five days in 1988, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-26. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) Keeping track of our moments in space
 No one at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center knew of NASA astronaut Lt. Col. John M. Lounge, a member of the Texas Air National Guard. That's what made it so awkward recently, when I uncovered an amazing piece of history from this man, who flew on three space shuttle missions. I recently discovered a TEC unit patch - now framed with a
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2016
WASHINGTON - Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial inscription. (National Park Service/Released) Why I don't know much about MLK
An equal opportunity manager would likely caution me in discussing civil rights through a personal commentary, but I decided to be stronger than both of our misgivings.I'm likely among millions of Generation Xers who were not connected to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s history, by default.After all, I was born in 1968, so I also missed Dr. King's
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2016
Noncommissioned officers from five nations and the United States tour Fort Loudoun State Historic Area Sept. 20, 2016, in Vonore, Tenn., as part of a cultural day. The area is a Tennessee River peninsula that surrounds Fort Loudoun. The fort once housed British soldiers as a western outpost from 1756-1760 and served relations with the Cherokee. The Air National Guard's I.G. Brown Training and Education Center is hosting the NCOs this week for the International Noncommissioned Officer Development Seminar. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith) Generations of militia account for today's Guard
Known originally as the militia, the National Guard turns 379 years young Sunday, Dec. 13.
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2015
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Senior Master Sgt. Paul Mann sends a text message in his car here Nov. 4, 2015, while parked. Service members cannot use a cell phone, except for hands-free, when driving on base.  Texting and driving is illegal. You cannot use your cell phone in any way if you are driving a government vehicle, no matter where you are. State laws vary too, so officials recommend you learn them. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) While you were distracted from driving
Service member, if it's your first time around base and you did not consider a drive down our most dangerous road, you need to really see what the locals here like to call "... I'll-kill-ya-highway."I think it may have passed you, without notice.Consider this a lesson, not a scolding. First, put down that smart phone, and pull over if you're still
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2015
Airman Leadership School Class 15-F students participate in a drill exercise Aug. 18, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. ALS, a 192-hour course, spread across 24 days, is divided into three major academic curriculum areas that focus on developing leadership abilities, building effective communication and the profession of arms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin/Released) ALS: Rediscovering the profession of arms
 When thinking about Airman leadership school, what thoughts come to mind?Many Airmen may think of professional military education as boring, a box to check or a waste of time.For me, ALS was none of these things.ALS is a five-week course that prepares senior airmen, new staff sergeants and sister service rank equivalents for official supervisory
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2015
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