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Air Guard education center celebrates 50 years

Anniversary cake

Col. Edmund Morrisey, the first commander of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, and Col. Kerry Lovely, the current commander, pose with a commemoration cake during the 50th anniversary celebration of the TEC at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan)

Commemorative Coin

The 50th Anniversary commemorative coin for the Air National Guard I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. (U.S. Air National Guard graphic/Master Sgt. Timothy Kinnan)

TEC 50th Anniversary Poster

Poster announcing the date of the 50th anniversary celebration of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan)

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center marked a milestone on July 20 with its 50th anniversary celebration.

Past and current staff and instructors as well as alumni gathered inside the Wilson Hall activities building where TEC’s first commander retired Col. Edmund Morrisey and current Commander Col. Kerry Lovely bookended roughly 140 in attendance. Others watched the event live online, via the Warrior Network.

“I think what makes the TEC unique is that we’ve been able to adapt and provide what is needed in the Air National Guard as far as force development,” Colonel Lovely said. “I’m excited to see where the next 50 years of this organization goes.”

The gathering watched a commemorative video, as well as singer-songwriter James Rogers, who performed the national anthem among other music. Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air Guard, joined the Air Guard’s Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Ron Anderson, on stage as the combined, featured speakers.

“You know, it started as a stand-alone Air National Guard schoolhouse, it’s adapted, grown, and evolved into what it is today – a total force center of influence, focused on the future of enlisted PME,” Chief Anderson said. “We the Air Guard senior enlisted force are an integral part of the total force and joint force because of this hallowed ground.”

TEC established the reserve forces first NCO Academy, Leadership School, and Officer Commissioning program in the U.S. Air Force. On July 19, 1968, the original faculty graduated 103 NCOA students in Class 68-B.

The school expanded rapidly and added NCO leadership school – precursor to today's Airman Leadership School – in 1970 and the Officer Preparatory Academy – later called the Academy of Military Science – in 1971. The EPME schools were the earliest of their kind to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for credit toward an associate degree.

The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center has since graduated tens of thousands of NCOA and ALS students. More than 14,600 officers earned their commissions on the campus prior to the 2009 relocation of AMS to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Still, thousands more attended other courses and workshops.

Commemoration events also included a luncheon and a campus tour.

TEC was dedicated as the “I.G. Brown Air National Guard Professional Military Education Center” during its 10th anniversary in honor of the first Director of the Air National Guard, Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown, who envisioned and established it.

“[Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown’s] advice was very, very simple,” said Morrisey in the commemorative video. He said ‘make this work,’ and little did I know the extents that make this work would spread to.”

Assigned as Detachment 10 under the Air Guard Readiness Center, TEC’s EPME remains the Air Force’s largest, and Airman Leadership School here accounts for a majority of Air Guard ALS students.

TEC has about 85 Total Force staff members. About two-thirds are instructors who teach an average 18 EPME courses and more than 40 PCE courses annually.

TEC also boasts blended learning EPME and workshops, and its Media Engagement Division broadcast studios establish it as a center of satellite and media production technology within the Defense Department.

A feature series of articles on TEC’s history can be found at www.angtec.ang.af.mil/About-Us/Our-History/.

A video commemorating TEC

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