Instructors wrap up 4th quarter as top Airmen

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

Two U.S. Air Force Airmen were recently announced as the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center's outstanding senior noncommissioned officer, and noncommissioned officer for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Col. Kerry Lovely, the commander, named the awardees in an email this week.

“Please help me congratulate [them] for their contributions to TEC …” Colonel Lovely said. “Thank you, gentlemen, for what you contribute to TEC and our community.”

NCO of the Quarter, Tech. Sgt. Brian Smith is a professional military education instructor assigned to the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center.

Supervisors said that Sergeant Smith volunteered as an instructor for the unscheduled/emergency NCOA 19-2 (Tyndall) class. This was an already abbreviated class scheduled between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which he helped further shorten to accommodate President George H. W. Bush’s memorial.  In his off time, Sergeant Smith volunteered as a worship leader at his local church where he emceed and led singing for five services; thereby, enhancing the spiritual wellness and social health for 150 church members.

Senior NCO of the Quarter, Master Sgt. Anthony Colon is superintendent for Lankford EPME Center’s NCO academy.

Supervisors said that Sergeant Colon steered 14 instructors through 158 credit hours and oversaw 1,400 student evaluations; thereby, priming 186 personnel for SNCO duties. His contributions were vital as the NCOA 19-2 (Tyndall) class that was compressed from five to four weeks, and he ensured 13 flights of 181 students displaced by Hurricane Michael graduated on time. Sergeant Colon displayed the U.S. Air Force Service-Before-Self Core Value while off duty by leading an American Cancer Society breast cancer walk team, as well as volunteering at a local ROTC run, and coordinating a school food drive, which raised $10,000.

Quarterly awardees receive recognition at the following commander's call as well as an award plaque and other accolades.

(Supervisors' award packages contributed to this report)