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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
0 5/09
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
0 10/01
2015
Default Air Force Logo Hometown News is service before self, not egoist
Today's service members go automatically to popular social media to tell friends and family of their military experiences. But there's a much older media platform called Joint Hometown News Service that your grandparents, and maybe your parents, are more familiar with.What remains relevant about a Joint Hometown News Release to tell a story?- Ask
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2015
MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Workers excavate behind a safety banner here May 27, 2015, inside the construction boundary at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center campus.  The contractor excavated more than 10,000 cubic yards of soil since leaders broke ground last summer for a new complex. Scheduled completion is August 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) 101 narrow escapes this summer
It won't be long now until all of those familiar summer safety messages come hurling at us for the 101 days of summer. I have to admit that I planned not to add to that sortie with a commentary on the importance of wearing a seat belt or a helmet or putting on a life jacket, but an old memory came back to me that just made my skin crawl.It's not
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2015
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