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Air National Guard training center 2017: A look back

TEC sunrise

Crystals refract the winter sunrise, Dec. 28, 2017, at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. The crystals are part of a 1978 dedication to Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown, 1st Director of the Air National Guard, credited with founding the campus, which celebrates 50 years of enlisted professional military education in 2018. Called the “crown jewel of the Air National Guard,” the crystals were quarried near General Brown’s hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

TEC TV

The Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center television studios in East Tennessee, Dec. 7, 2017, which announced this week that government Common Access Card holders can now watch the Warrior Network, closed circuit TV channel on workstation computers. Access is available through the “Live TV” hyperlink posted on TEC’s public website, www.angtec.ang.af.mil. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Chief Hinkley

Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley, the 15th commandant of the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center, speaks to Airman leadership school students from an aircraft hanger on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, Aug. 7, 2017, during their graduation banquet. Chief Hinkley recently arrived at the Air National Guard's I.G. Brown Training and Education Center for the commandant assignment after serving with the Alaska Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry D. Harlan)

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau; retired Gen. Craig R. McKinley, national chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for the Secretary of Defense; Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard; and Col. Kerry Lovely, commander of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, cut the ribbon to Craig R. McKinley Hall, July 27, 2017, during a dedication ceremony on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan)

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau; retired Gen. Craig R. McKinley, national chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for the Secretary of Defense; Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard; and Col. Kerry Lovely, commander of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, cut the ribbon to Craig R. McKinley Hall, July 27, 2017, during a dedication ceremony on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan)

Chief Master Sgt. Paula C. Shawhan, chief of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, Professional Continuing Education division, teaches bullet writing to Airmen at the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing, June 20, 2017, in Middle River, Md. The two-hour class teaches the fundamental dynamics on how to write an effective bullet statement for enlisted performance reports and officer performance
reports. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Enjoli Saunders)

Chief Master Sgt. Paula C. Shawhan, chief of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, Professional Continuing Education division, teaches bullet writing to Airmen at the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing, June 20, 2017, in Middle River, Md. The two-hour class teaches the fundamental dynamics on how to write an effective bullet statement for enlisted performance reports and officer performance reports. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Enjoli Saunders)

The Minuteman statue outside Patriot Hall at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center dons a pair of eclipse glasses, June 22, 2017, to emphasize the need for safe viewing of the coming solar eclipse. The training center as well as the rest of McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tenn., is within the path of totality during the event, Monday, August 21, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

The Minuteman statue outside Patriot Hall at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center dons a pair of eclipse glasses, June 22, 2017, to emphasize the need for safe viewing of the coming solar eclipse. The training center as well as the rest of McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tenn., is within the path of totality during the event, Monday, August 21, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Flag ceremony

One hundred and nineteen students in Airman Leadership School, Class 17-9, salute the colors, along with staff and instructors, during morning reveille at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, August 22, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

The Drosendahl Memorial stone, recently relocated on the running track at the Air National Guard's I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee, was dedicated by graduates of the Academy of Military Science in memory of Air Force 2nd Lt. Robert H. Drosendahl, a 1972 AMS graduate and a New Jersey Air National Guard officer who died in service to the nation.  Other AMS officers inscribed include Airmen from Ohio, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Kansas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

The Drosendahl Memorial stone, recently relocated on the running track at the Air National Guard's I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee, was dedicated by graduates of the Academy of Military Science in memory of Air Force 2nd Lt. Robert H. Drosendahl, a 1972 AMS graduate and a New Jersey Air National Guard officer who died in service to the nation. Other AMS officers inscribed include Airmen from Ohio, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Kansas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Col. Kerry R. Lovely (center), the incoming I.G. Brown Training and Education Center Commander, takes the detachment guidon from Brig. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, Air National Guard Readiness Center commander and ceremony officiator, during the change of command ceremony at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn., June 1, 2017. During the ceremony Col. Kevin M. Donovan (right) relinquished command of TEC to Colonel Lovely, a former TEC Academy of Military Science graduate. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan)

Col. Kerry R. Lovely (center), the incoming I.G. Brown Training and Education Center Commander, takes the detachment guidon from Brig. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, Air National Guard Readiness Center commander and ceremony officiator, during the change of command ceremony at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn., June 1, 2017. During the ceremony Col. Kevin M. Donovan (right) relinquished command of TEC to Colonel Lovely, a former TEC Academy of Military Science graduate. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan)

Senior Airmen in Airman Leadership School, classes 17-6 and 17-7 raise the flag, June 13, 2017, during morning reveille at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. About 42 Airmen in 17-6 will graduate their phase-two portion of the blended-learning course during a banquet this Friday. There are 163 Airmen in Class 17-7, undergoing the five-week in-resident course, which holds their graduation banquet June 29. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)
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Senior Airmen in Airman Leadership School, classes 17-6 and 17-7 raise the flag, June 13, 2017, during morning reveille at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. About 42 Airmen in 17-6 will graduate their phase-two portion of the blended-learning course during a banquet this Friday. There are 163 Airmen in Class 17-7, undergoing the five-week in-resident course, which holds their graduation banquet June 29. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

The Director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, visits the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, May 2, 2017, in east Tennessee. General Rice spoke with the National Guard’s Joint Enlisted Advisory Council (JEAC), or about 90 senior enlisted National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the states and territories here this week. He also toured TEC’s campus, meet professional military education students and attended the afternoon retreat ceremony with students and staff. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)
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The Director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, visits the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, May 2, 2017, in east Tennessee. General Rice spoke with the National Guard’s Joint Enlisted Advisory Council (JEAC), or about 90 senior enlisted National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the states and territories here this week. He also toured TEC’s campus, meet professional military education students and attended the afternoon retreat ceremony with students and staff. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount take a television studio tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)
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Students with Youth Leadership Blount take a television studio tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Eleven Airmen assigned with I.G. Brown Training and Education Center made their way 13.1 miles through Gatlinburg and into Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains April 22 to complete the 10th Mountain Man Memorial March. Team TEC finished 2nd and Team AFSA finished 3rd in the military team light 13.1 division. One sergeant, who ran the half marathon, finished sixth overall. The annual 26.2, 13.1 and 10K run/march/ruck has since grown to be among the largest Gold Star Family events east of the Mississippi. (U.S Air National Guard photo courtesy Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center)
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Eleven Airmen assigned with I.G. Brown Training and Education Center made their way 13.1 miles through Gatlinburg and into Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains April 22 to complete the 10th Mountain Man Memorial March. Team TEC finished 2nd and Team AFSA finished 3rd in the military team light 13.1 division. One sergeant, who ran the half marathon, finished sixth overall. The annual 26.2, 13.1 and 10K run/march/ruck has since grown to be among the largest Gold Star Family events east of the Mississippi. (U.S Air National Guard photo courtesy Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center)

Airmen with the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center receive the 2016 Silver Supporter award in Knoxville, Tenn., March, 7, 2017, for blood drives that contributed between 300-500 units of blood to the Medic Regional Blood Center. (Photo courtesy Chief Master Sgt. Edward Walden)
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Airmen with the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center receive the 2016 Silver Supporter award in Knoxville, Tenn., March, 7, 2017, for blood drives that contributed between 300-500 units of blood to the Medic Regional Blood Center. (Photo courtesy Chief Master Sgt. Edward Walden)

Barbie Dyer
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In the first class inside the newly constructed classroom/dormitory facility, Barbie Dyer from the Eastern Tennessee Association Federal Credit Union gives life lessons on reducing debt and starting a household budget during a Jan. 24, 2017, luncheon with staff at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. --

Taking a look back at 2017 the Air National Guard's I.G. Brown Training and Education Center staff said that they met challenges in professional military education and continuing education, welcomed new staff members including its Commander, Commandant, and Chaplain, and successfully hosted top military leaders.

The campus started off the year with contractors turning over the completed classroom and dormitory buildings after 28 months’ construction.

The new facility’s first classes in January opened a record flow of learners through the coming months, which included Air National Guard website managers and National Guard Bureau family program managers, among others. With the additional dorms available, the Vitzthum Hall dormitory began a year-long renovation.

Chief Master Sgt. Christine Shawhan took charge of Professional Continuing Education in February to oversee the hub for broadcasts, productions, and courses. Its office branches were renamed and reorganized to meet new and future missions.

The division produced several videos including the ANG 101 video and the ANG Outstanding Airmen of the Year videos, which were highlighted and lauded nationally. PCE also revamped an evaluation bullet writing course that became widely popular, so its Airmen took it on the road to base unit training assemblies. They then live broadcast the course to thousands more on the Warrior Network.

PCE engineers took to the road too, and they brought TEC TV’s onsite, mobile broadcast capability to the National Guard Senior Leadership Conference, the Enlisted Leadership Symposium, and the Diversity Conference.

In May, the Director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, visited the campus as well as spoke to a gathering of about 90 sergeant majors, command sergeant majors, chief master sergeants, command chiefs and senior enlisted advisors from the states and territories. The Air National Guard’s Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Ron Anderson joined him.

Col. Kerry Lovely arrived in June to take command of TEC from Col. Kevin Donovan in a ceremony in Spruance Hall. Staff also said farewell to Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. David Meece in September and then announced Maj. John Capra as his successor from Wisconsin, arriving in early 2018.

Also among leadership changes: Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley Jr. arrived in July as the 15th commandant of the EPME Center. Chaplain, Lt. Col. Bradley T. Green arrived in August and set up his support from Wingman Hall. First Sergeant, Senior Master Sgt. Michael Krausz arrived in May after Senior Master Sgt. Marcy Broadway retired.

The most significant month for the TEC may have been in July, when top National Guard leadership, past, and present, paid tribute to retired Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the 26th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, with the new facility’s dedication in his name. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the 28th CNGB and a member of the Joint Chiefs, paid tribute to McKinley in a speech.

Amidst the larger events, TEC relocated the Drosendahl Memorial stone to the athletic field, which honors former Academy of Military Science students who died in service to the nation - it had stored the memorial when the parade field converted to parking.

Chief Hinkley arrived in time to speak at one of EPME's most massive ALS graduation banquets; so far so that the August event for the 188 Airmen of Class 17-9 happened inside the 134th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135 aircraft hangar. Later, faculty tallied 1,309 EPME graduates for the calendar year.

Airmen donned eclipse glasses August 21 to take advantage of TEC’s location under the Great American Eclipse. It was a sunny day. Students and staff gathered outdoors for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a minute-and-a-half of total solar blackout.

Mother Nature became the focus again for some staff in September and October during the National Guard's sizeable domestic response callouts to a gauntlet of hurricanes that slammed the continental United States, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Airmen from Production, Instructional Development, and Public Affairs supported recovery operations at crisis action centers and staging areas.

At the same time, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited TEC and spoke with NCO Academy and Airman leadership school graduates.

Chief Master Sgt. Ron Anderson then returned in November to broadcast a live town hall with Air National Guard Airmen on issues vital to them and their families in the states and territories.

In December, TEC TV made a highly anticipated announcement of live television broadcasting to NIPRNet workstations; a capability long sought by the field and worked toward by engineers and cyber-Airmen. Cyber-ops Airmen also managed Wi-Fi into TEC’s remaining buildings to make the campus entirely wired.

TEC’s staff gained high honors and recognition with five Air National Guard Readiness Center quarterly awardees for outstanding Airmen and civilians, not including the fourth quarter and the annual recognitions, yet to be announced.

In other awards, the Knoxville region announced that the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center was among its top blood donors with the Silver Supporter Award. The Civil Air Patrol also honored TEC for its service to the Cadet Aviation Ground School. Still, other TEC staff earned recognition as part of the Air National Guard team who ran 1st Place in 2016 Air Force Marathon MAJCOM competition.

With the New Year fast approaching, Colonel Lovely answered a few questions on the year's happenings and what may come for TEC in 2018.

Q: Can you share what new thing(s) you learned about the TEC since your arrival this summer as commander?

LOVELY: That TEC has a very talented, passionate and motivated staff. This in-turn creates an environment conducive to learning.

Q: What have been the significant accomplishments for TEC this year?

LOVELY: McKinley Hall and associated rooms have increased our capability and capacity to offer more classes to more people. We are making a better Air Force/Air National Guard one student/one class at a time.

Q: So how do your faculty and staff influence the quality and success of training and education taught here?

LOVELY: I think it two ways: first the faculty and staff are motivated and excited to work here; consequently, we set the environment for learning to occur. The second way is leading by example; using the Air Force Core Values to guide our decisions/actions.

Q: You traveled to the NCR and other locations in leadership meetings this year. What new things were provided and taken away for TEC?

LOVELY: How we deliver training and education in the future is frequently discussed. We need to utilize technology to the fullest extent to ensure we are reaching the maximum number of Airmen.

Q: What was the best news you received about TEC?

LOVELY: Personally, it was when I found out I was selected as the next Commander. It is a huge honor, and I’m truly humbled to have the opportunity to lead this great team.

Q: Can you share something interesting about the coming year for TEC that you want Airmen and others to know?

LOVELY: I’m excited some of our instructors are getting trained to offer PACE (Profession of Arms Center of Excellence) classes here and out to the field. PACE has set the bar high, our Air National Guard will only be better with this new offering.