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Lankford Center graduates 309 service members

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 perform a retreat ceremony on the campus of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center following their graduation ceremony, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 perform a retreat ceremony on the campus of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center following their graduation ceremony, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center holds a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 at Wilson Hall here, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center holds a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 at Wilson Hall here, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center holds a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 at Wilson Hall here, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center holds a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 at Wilson Hall here, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 perform a retreat ceremony on the campus of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center following their graduation ceremony, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 perform a retreat ceremony on the campus of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center following their graduation ceremony, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center holds a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 at Wilson Hall here, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center holds a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5 at Wilson Hall here, June 7, 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center bid farewell to 309 service members today during a combined graduation ceremony for the students of Airman Leadership School Class 12-4 and Noncommissioned Officer Academy Class 12-5.

These courses enhanced the leadership skills of the graduates by strengthening their ability to lead, follow, and manage while they gained a broader understanding of the military profession.

While all students met the requirements for graduation, many distinguished themselves through individual accomplishment and received the following awards:

COMMANDANT'S AWARD

Senior Airman Derek Gulbrandson, South Dakota Air National Guard

Tech. Sgt. Luke Lucas, Scott AFB, Ill.
 
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Senior Airman Sarah Callies, South Dakota Air National Guard

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Bemboom, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Galbraith, North Carolina Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hivner, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
 
 
DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD

Senior Airman Derek Gulbrandson, South Dakota Air National Guard
Senior Airman Evan Morris, Illinois Air National Guard
Senior Airman Ryan Henderson, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Senior Airman Sarah Callies, South Dakota Air National Guard
Senior Airman Clinton Holsinger, Indiana Air National Guard

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Bemboom, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Tech. Sgt. Lindy Snodgrass, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Alexander, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Galbraith, North Carolina Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hiver, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
Tech. Sgt. Greg Martin, Shaw AFB, S.C.
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hicks, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt. Dustin Hayden, Shaw AFB, S.C.
Tech. Sgt. Angelly Cardoza, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt. Casey Rietdyk, Oregon Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. William Thomas, Johnstown, Pa.
Tech. Sgt. Luke Lucas, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt James Potter, Oak Creek, Wis.
Tech. Sgt. Robert Johnson, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Tech. Sgt. Tersilia Farley, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt. Tiegh Tinsley, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Tech. Sgt. John Allen, Pope Field, N.C.
Tech. Sgt. Edward Mueller, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt. Noah Bolton, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt. Jerod Stephenson, Scott AFB, Ill.
Tech. Sgt. Julie Stephens, Patrick AFB, Fla.
Tech. Sgt. Jordan Benjamin, New Jersey Air National Guard
Tech. Sgt. Patrick Raible, Pope Field, N.C.
Tech. Sgt. Brian Murray, New Jersey Air National Guard

JOHN L. LEVITOW AWARD

Senior Airman George Liandrakis, New York Air National Guard

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Pence, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 

The graduates will return to military installations around the country, the U.S. territory of Guam, and the District of Columbia. They represented the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard.