TEC hosts Executive Leadership Forum

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  • By Master Sgt. Mavi Smith
  • The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center
A group of 12 business leaders from the Executive Leadership Forum wrapped up their meetings in Knoxville with a tour of The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center (TEC) and 134th Air Refueling Wing here, June 9.

The Executive Leadership Forum is a group or business leaders from around the United States and Canada who gather twice a year to explore current global business environments and to network with others with similar responsibility levels.

Among the group were business owners, presidents, and partners in such diverse companies as DeanHouston, Inc., a full-service business-to-business marketing communications firm in Cincinnati, Ohio; Powell Goldstein LLP, a business law firm with more than 300 professionals in offices in Atlanta, Washington and Dallas; and the Tread Corporation of Roanoke, Va., a manufacturer of explosives handling equipment for the commercial blasting industry.

The goal of the Forum is to run more successful businesses and increase leadership and management capabilities.

When they learned of the TEC's mission to "educate, develop, and inspire leaders responsible for our nation's defense", they were intrigued.

They asked for a tour focused on education and leadership...and the TEC delivered with a full schedule of briefings and tours demonstrating the detailed leadership training offered here.

The Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) Center overviewed the four levels of Air Force EPME and the specific curriculum offered at the Airman Leadership School and Noncommissioned Officer Academy courses held here.

The Transformative Education branch highlighted the innovative learning techniques and training they provide. This generated numerous questions from the group concerning emerging technologies and learning environments necessary for a new generation.

TEC-TV showed off their Minute Man Report daily news feature and the distance learning studios used by the Satellite EPME program.

A walking tour of the campus was followed by a trip to the leadership evaluation course, and a tour of a KC-135 aircraft wrapped up the experience.