Commander announced quarter’s performers

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

The Commander of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center announced Nov. 9 the Senior Noncommissioned Officer and the NCO of the Quarter, as well as the Civilian of the Quarter, from July through September 2016.


"It is my distinct pleasure to announce our third quarter award winners," said Col. Kevin Donovan in a staff-wide email. “There was a lot of hard work put in this quarter with INLEAD and all of our regular events on campus, so the competition was tough.”


The Senior NCO of the Quarter is Master Sgt. Shane Hurd, enlisted professional military education instructor for the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center.


Officials highlighted Hurd's role in 202 hours of instruction with 24 students for the NCO Academy, which awarded 132 Community College of the Air Force credits and enhanced the leadership abilities of future senior NCOs.


Hurd performed seven open-rank inspections, which corrected uniform discrepancies, instilled pride and reinforced Air Force standards. He directed the reveille and retreat flag details, leading 11 students on the flawless execution of those procedures, which enhanced the commitment to the profession of arms.


Hurd also completed six hours of the Intermediate Learning Experience professional development. He ran in the Knoxville and Air Force marathons as well as in the POW/MIA run. He developed the TEC’s heritage shirt. He coordinated the Hope Lodge service project, which assisted students in the cleanup and renovation for a facility used by cancer patients and their families.


The NCO of the Quarter is Tech. Sgt. Angelo Gomez, who is an EPME instructor for Lankford Center.


Officials said that Gomez led the INLEAD 2016 curriculum development team, creating five lesson plans, which showcased Air Force capabilities to foreign leaders. He initiated the NCO academy and Airman leadership school powerlifting event, which included more than 70 competitors and volunteers.


As an NCO academy team lead, he was a key faculty link that facilitated and communicated more than 12 schedule changes. Gomez also updated the iGecko student in-processing database, which eliminated more than 60 percent of the time spent on recall-information entry. Additionally, he earned more than six credit hours towards his MBA with a 3.8 grade-point average.


Gomez was a head coach for slow-pitch baseball, which coached 12 kids. He also participated in the cystic fibrosis corn-hole tournament, which raised more than $1500.


The Civilian of the Quarter is Tammie Smeltzer, Professional and Continuing Education manager.


Officials said that Smeltzer implemented and coordinated the General Officer Support Staff Course’s beta course, which developed more than 24 hours of curriculum and trained 124 Army and Air National Guard personnel. She also designed, implemented and coordinated the INLEAD social and civic events and helped teach the Four Lenses Course, which delivered more than 12 hours of engagement for 49 international students and facilitators.


As the Course Manager for the Instructor Certification Program, Smeltzer logistically supported Mobile Training Teams that trained 17 students and saved more than $20,000 in temporary duty costs.


As the alternate Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Smeltzer helped facilitate annual training, 60 days prior to the due date, with 95 percent of personnel trained in Green Dot by the end of October.


The awardees get their photos displayed in Patriot Hall’s main lobby, and they receive a special plaque and a time off award.