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McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Chief Master Sgt. Donald E. Felch, commandant at the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center here, shares leadership ideas during Commandant Hour with students attending Airman Leadership School April 23, 2013. Felch addressed specific ideas on how to lead at thier units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released) How and when to re-engage
 From before we step off the busses at basic military training, we are taught to submit to authority, follow directions and obey orders. In fact, our oath of enlistment specifically states we will, "obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over [us]." Most of us learned early in our careers our
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Keep running for America
Do you believe that running marathons can help the Air Force defeat terrorism? Across the board, the Air Force has the richest concentration of runners than most employers in the nation, maybe the world. The Total Force active duty, Reserve Command and Air National Guard's 500,000-plus service members all run 1.5 miles for their physical fitness
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2013
McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Offiicial photograph of Chief Master Sgt. Donald E. Felch, commandant of the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center here. Stay scared
I'm scared. Please allow me to explain. In 1984, I entered the Air Force at the age of 17. My parents endorsed a notarized form allowing me to sign my own name and enter military service before I could legally enter into a binding contract. Arriving at Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, my flight received more instructions in the first
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2012
McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Offiicial photograph of Chief Master Sgt. Donald E. Felch, commandant of the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center here. How to gripe
In the classic, Steven Spielberg movie, Saving Private Ryan, Captain John H. Miller, a character played by Academy Award winning veteran, Tom Hanks, directs a wise statement to one of his soldiers. The men had been griping--to some degree or another--about their orders, the conditions, etc. Captain Miller listens and even jokingly compliments
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2012
McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, left, and retired Col. Edmund Morrisey, right, the first commander of The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center visit the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center here, August 3, 2011.  Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gaylor was the guest speaker for the graduation ceremony of NCO Academy Class 11-6.  (Photograph by Katherine A. Felch/Released) They Walk Among Us
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #5 Robert "Bob" Gaylor landed at McGhee Tyson Airport on August 2, 2011. The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center hosted the 81-year-old former U.S. Air Force top enlisted leader for a little more than 24 hours as he dined with faculty, toured our host wing, the 134th Air Refueling
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2011
McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Offiicial photograph of Chief Master Sgt. Donald E. Felch, commandant of the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center here. Follow our leaders...and rediscover mentorship
Much has been written about mentorship: its importance, how to mentor, choosing a mentor, mentoring subordinates, mentoring peers, reverse-mentorship, and so forth. Attempts to codify, formalize, or in extreme cases, even mandate mentorship often result in the "self-licking ice cream cone" syndrome. In other words, the mentorship "program" becomes
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Tradition of excellence handed to new leader of Lankford Center
I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center may be the least familiar higher education campus in Blount County. Surrounded by a security fence and protected by armed guards, it is not easily accessible.But when it comes to maintaining the nation's security and to attracting a diverse student body from across the country to this
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2011
Default Air Force Logo The Accidental Veteran
My friend Gail Spain was an accidental veteran. Like many of his age (born in 1947) he began college but soon felt a draft. His grades did not merit a deferment but he did have enough credits to qualify for an Army commission and so he became what was then known as a "ninety-day wonder." Lieutenants were in short supply in Vietnam, and so within a
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Tough Times Demand Tougher Leaders
These are tough times to be a leader! Just take a look at the front page of any newspaper and you'll see why. Wall Street is a mess! Unemployment is sky-high and rising! Detroit auto makers are about to go bankrupt! The economy is in a recession! Where does it all end? As someone once said, "These are the times that try men's souls!" Words you
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Memorial Day Thoughts
In the basement family room of my wife's Iowa farmhouse is a pretty standard collage of family photos. Some are of now nameless turn-of-the-century relatives and some are fairly recent, portraying growing grandchildren. On one wall are three perfectly level rows of six 5x7 photos corresponding to the six Kahlstorf children born to Harold and Faye
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2009
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