TEC recognizes 134th member for achievement

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  • By Master Sgt. Mavi Smith
  • The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center
A servicemember from the 134th Air Refueling Wing received the Air Force Achievement Medal from Col. Richard B. Howard, commander of The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center, during his commander's call at Wilson Hall here, Sept. 25.
Staff Sgt. Lindsey Watson-Kirwin, a public affairs journalist who has been performing active duty operational support days at the Training and Education Center, distinguished herself by outstanding achievement as a curriculum developer from April 6 to Aug. 1, 2009 while assigned to the Transformative Education (TE) branch.
"It's always nice to be recognized when you put a lot of hard work and hours into a project," said Watson-Kirwin, whose tour at the Training and Education Center will end on Sept. 30. "I thoroughly enjoyed working in the TE branch so I'm kind of sad to be leaving." 

One of the products Watson-Kirwin has been working on is the Air Force Human Resources Management School project to redesign a paper-based training course to a web-based medium for enhanced learning.
"Staff Sgt. Watson-Kirwin is an integral part of our process," said Chief Master Sgt. Christopher J. Coyne, Chief of the TE branch. "The advanced distributive learning projects we do in the TE branch have grown exponentially. Without her here helping us we wouldn't have been able to accept the work, never mind do it." 

Her skills allowed for the seamless conversion of 12 in-residence lesson plans to a distance learning format using audio, video and graphic material to create an interactive experience for Employee Management Relations specialists.

"My public affairs background really helped me to ease into the curriculum development process," said Watson-Kirwin of the editing, design and layout skills she uses as a traditional guardsman to help publish the base newspaper, the "Volunteer." 

She said they were a great complement to the processes the TE branch uses to design web-based training products. 

Watson-Kirwin also assisted the TE branch on a special project for the Air Force's Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, which is located at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Ala. 

Her contributions to the project enabled the TE branch to meet a time-sensitive deadline to redesign the paper-based Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 0009 into a web-based training product for Air National Guard noncommissioned officers. 

The Course 0009 project is currently in the evaluation phase at the Air Force's Barnes Center for Enlisted Education. 
The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center's Transformative Education branch is the Air National Guard's design center for Advanced Distributive Learning initiatives and provides training in numerous personal and professional development courses.