Center connects campus with Wi-Fi

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  • By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
  • I.G. Brown Training and Education Center

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center is now a Wi-Fi campus, which fulfills a long held wish list for its students and staff. 


"With construction completed on our new facility and with the addition of wireless connectivity throughout the campus, it's all coming together to ensure the TEC remains the premiere Air National Guard location for training and education," said Col. Kevin Donovan, commander.


The TEC installed wireless connectivity campus-wide in response to its course and workshop surveys, as well as a separate Wi-Fi system to comply with the Air Force Barnes Center for Enlisted Education.


“The TEC Wi-Fi came to fruition so that all students, staff, and guests would have an outside, commercial internet service provider connection,” said Senior Master Sgt. Steven Monks, Cyber systems superintendent.


“This is a three-year project that is coming to a close,” said Monks. He credited the hard work to his Cyber-staff, as well as to base personnel, contractors and others. 


Colonel Donovan spent some time with Airmen from the 241st Engineering Installation Squadron, Dec. 7, who were completing wireless cable installation in the new facilities. They drove two hours from their base in Chattanooga, Tenn., to run the network cable through the buildings’ overheads that will connect to access points.


Classrooms, labs and collaboration areas, and even hallways – including the new facility and the dormitory buildings – list “TECWifi” as an available access point for students and guests to get online with their electronic devices. Campus staff provide the access passwords.


The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center – through its paperless Intermediate Learning Experience and its online Learning Management System – teaches leadership to students through the Air Force’s emphasis on connectivity as well as through distance learning to provide EPME to thousands, said Monks. Wired and Wi-Fi access across campus as well as in the dormitories became essential for those studies, as well as for professional continuing education courses.


“Since students, staff and guests learned that we have Wi-Fi, we’ve seen up to 250 people on it at once,” said Monks. “We will tweak settings and adjust them to give users the quality and the bandwidth that accommodate demand.”


Monks said that the TEC also developed its wired systems. The Morrisey Hall building now provides students with 32 laptop computers connected at three cyber cafes. The campus’s newest classroom and dormitory facility yet to be named boasts Wi-Fi-lounges with picturesque views of the campus and surrounding Smoky Mountains.


The TEC serves more than 4,000 students annually across its EPME and PCE programs. The center is also home for workshops, conferences and seminars with customers including the Air War College, the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command, the National Guard Bureau and base personnel, among others.