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Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford EPME Center


The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center
is a division of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center located at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base near Knoxville, Tenn. The Center conducts an average of 16 Enlisted Professional Military Education courses each year. Typically, the Center accommodates 2,000 service members on campus annually from the Total Air Force, Coast Guard and partner nation armed forces. This is achieved using two delivery methodologies: traditional in-resident and a blended learning course. More about Lankford EPME | EPME Courses | EPME Student Guide
   
Steven Durrance    Chief Master Sergeant Steven A. Durrance is the 16th Commandant of the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. He is responsible for the daily operations of, and the public perception of, the U.S. Air Force’s largest EPME Center. Chief Durrance develops, plans and evaluates EPME program effectiveness while identifying and implementing future direction and growth. He ensures 45 faculty and staff perform by the directives of the Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, as well as Air Force and ANG instructions and guidelines.  Full Bio | Photo 

Professional Continuing Education

Professional Continuing Education on behalf of the National Guard Bureau functions as the program management office for the Instructional Development, Production, and Transmission Branches, develops and maintains advanced distributive learning and video products, and manages the Warrior Network. See our web page of available Courses and Services.    
    Instructional Development is CCAF accredited as the I.G. Brown School. We bolster skillsets. Skill Enhancement Training includes training certificate courses, advanced services courses, instructor certification, general officer support staff training, public affairs courses, and more. We identify if training is educationally sound, is the best method, and reaches the level of learning needed. We audit courses for training gaps and transform briefings into lessons with student participation, evaluation. We achieve accreditation for some training. We work with other branches to develop Advanced Distributive Leaning.
Production Branch personnel include broadcasting, video, and graphic experts who work with Instructional Development and Transmission to turn your data, ideas, requirements, and graphics into professional products.    
    PCE's Transmission Branch includes the Air Guard's satellite television broadcast studios, TEC TV, and Warrior Network, housed and operated on campus. It provides information transport capabilities for the purpose of mass communication and distance learning via satellite to 189 downlink sites across the nation.

Live broadcasts for virtual conferences, workshops, and functional meetings reduce travel expenses while providing relevant, timely content to the field. Broadcast capabilities are a key support to Professional Continuing Education, on/off campus, to include live/time-delay broadcast of courses and workshops, enabling maximum exposure at minimum cost.    
    PCE delivers training, conferencing, workshops, command information, news, and other video content to networked ANG systems to include workstation computers. This capability increases the accessibility of content for all ANG members, reduces or eliminates travel expenses, and leverages technology to achieve missions.

Mission Support Division


The Mission Support Division provides force management, professional development, logistics, and information services to faculty, staff, and students. MSD is the linchpin between the TEC and the base host - the 134th Air Refueling Wing - enabling efficient campus operations and integrated facilities management.


Operations at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base


Airmen assigned to the operating location at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Ala., ensure that the Air Guard is fully integrated into Air Force enlisted education, professional development, and training programs. Representatives are assigned to the Barnes Center for Enlisted Education to develop curriculum, provide instruction, and advise senior leaders.