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The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center

Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center official logo. (U.S. Air National Guard graphic.)

Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center official logo. (U.S. Air National Guard graphic.)

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center is a division of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center located at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base near Knoxville, Tenn. The Center conducts an average of 16 Enlisted Professional Military Education courses each year. Typically, the Center accommodates 2,000 service members on campus annually from the Total Air Force, Coast Guard and partner nation armed forces. This is achieved using two delivery methodologies: traditional in-resident and a blended learning course. The traditional, in-resident programs deliver Enlisted PME curriculum in about five-six weeks. The Blended Learning Course is conducted through a Learning Management System with online instructor facilitation. It consists of a six week asynchronous learning environment followed by a two week in-resident experience. The Center is one of the Air Force's top producers of Enlisted PME students.

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center's staff of approximately 45 people represent all components of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and civil service members who serve together to train and educate the enlisted leaders of tomorrow.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center delivers two distinct Enlisted PME courses using both methods of delivery.

The Noncommissioned Officer Academy mission is to prepare NCOs to be adaptable for current and future leadership and management challenges in order to operate [think/act] critically in complex and ambiguous environments.  

The Airman Leadership School mission statement is to prepare Senior Airmen to be professional, war-fighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of air, space, and cyberspace power.

HISTORY

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center was established in 1968 as the ANG Noncommissioned Academy with Major Ed Morrisey as the Commandant, and Chief Master Sgt. Paul H. Lankford as the Deputy Commandant. In 1970 the Air National Guard authorized the establishment of the Noncommissioned Leadership School, known today as Airman Leadership School, and Chief Lankford became the first enlisted commandant. In 2008 the Center's name changed to the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center in honor of the first enlisted commandant of the Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Academy and Leadership School.

(Last update August 24, 2018)