I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center

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I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
I.G. Brown Training and Education Center logo (Revised June 2016).jpg
Logo of the I.G. Brown TEC
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
RoleAir Force Education Center
Part ofDet. 10,
  1. REDIRECT Air National Guard Readiness Center
Garrison/HQMcGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee
Motto(s)Increased readiness by developing today's Airmen for tomorrow's fight
Colonel Kerry R. Lovely

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center is a detachment of the Air National Guard Readiness Center and is located at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base near Knoxville, Tenn. The TEC conducts an average of 18 Enlisted Professional Military Education courses and 40 Professional Continuing Education sessions throughout the year. Typically, the TEC accommodates 4,000 service members on campus annually from the Total Force, Coast Guard, and partner nation armed forces. The TEC also manages the ANG's Warrior Network; a $7 million satellite broadcast enterprise with more than 186 downlink sites, providing training and education, and command information nationwide. In addition, the studio and multimedia facilities support ANG video productions, senior leader conferences, and general-to-career field-specific training.

Personnel and Resources[edit]

The Training and Education Center's staff of approximately 85 people represent all components of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and civil service members who serve together to train and educate the leaders of tomorrow. The TEC's facilities are modern and connected by a state-of-the-art computer network and Wi-Fi. The campus houses an athletic center, dormitories, classrooms, auditorium, and dining facility all within a short walking distance.

Organizational Structure[edit]

The Training and Education Center is organized into three divisions at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base and one operating location at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Ala. The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center for EPME delivers both Airman Leadership School and Noncommissioned Officer Academy programs of instruction. This is achieved via two delivery methodologies: traditional in-resident and a blended learning program. The traditional in-resident program delivers EPME curriculum in about six weeks. The blended learning program is conducted through a Learning Management System with online instructor facilitation. It consists of a six-week asynchronous learning environment followed by a two-week in-resident experience, providing graduates with full in-residence EPME credit. The Lankford Center is one of the Air Force's top producers of EPME students, graduating nearly 2,000 total Air Force students per-year. Professional Continuing Education, on behalf of the National Guard Bureau, functions as the program management office for the Instructional Development, Production, and Transmission Branches. It develops and maintains advanced distributive learning and video products, and manages the Warrior Network. Instructional Development is Community College of the Air Force accredited as the I.G. Brown School. Skill Enhancement Training includes training certificate courses, advanced services courses, instructor certification, general-officer support staff training, public affairs courses, and more. Production Branch personnel include broadcasting, video, and graphics experts. The Transmission Branch includes the Air Guard's satellite & TNET television broadcast studios, TEC TV, and the 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. PCE supports more than 2,000 in-resident personnel each year, and tens of thousands via ADL products and Warrior Network broadcasts. The Mission Support Division provides force management, professional development, logistics, and information services to faculty, staff, and students. Airmen assigned to the TEC's operating location at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base ensure the ANG is fully integrated into Air Force enlisted education, professional development, and training programs. They are primarily assigned to the Barnes Center for Enlisted Education to develop curriculum, provide instruction, and advise Barnes Center senior leadership.


[1]The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center (TEC) started on 10 July 1967 as a pilot project to determine the feasibility of an Air National Guard Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. On 24 June 1968, the Air National Guard NCO Academy officially began operations as a permanent training institution. In April 1970, the ANG NCO Leadership School was added to ANG NCO Academy. In recognition of the academy’s expanded role, the school adopted the name “ANG Academy.”

In April 1971, an Officers Preparatory Academy was added to serve as a commissioning source for Air National Guard officers. On 12 April 1971, the first class at the ANG Officers Preparatory Academy began with 29 students. In 1973, the ANG Officers Preparatory Academy was renamed the Academy of Military Science.

On 30 June 1978, the ANG Academy was officially named the Air National Guard I. G. Brown Professional Military Education Center in honor of Major General I. G. Brown, an Arkansas Air Guardsman and former Director of the Air National Guard (August 1962 to April 1974) who was instrumental in founding the Academic center. On 1 October 1982, the I. G. Brown Professional Military Education Center became a direct reporting unit of the Air National Guard Support Center and designated as Detachment 10, I.G. Brown PMEC.

On 1 January 1998, I.G. Brown Air National Guard Professional Military Education Center was redesignated the I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center (TEC) to reflect the Academy’s broader and expanding mission. In July 2008, the Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Airman Leadership School was memorialized as the Chief Master Sergeant Paul KH. Lankford School of Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) in honor of the first enlisted commandant of the Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Academy and Leadership School. On 1 May 2012, the I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center was renamed the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center to reflect and reassert its commitment to the professionalism and military heritage.

Commanders: Col. Edmund C. Morrisey, 15 Jul 1968 - 21 Jul 1983; Lt. Col. Herbert D. Wright, 22 July 1983 - 9 Jul 1986; Col. Larry W. Martin, 10 Jul 1986 - 31 May 1991; Col. Gregory J. Maciolek, 1 Jun 1991 - 12 Jul 1995; Col. David L. Scobey, 13 Jul 1995 - 11 Feb 1999; Col. Richard W. Burris, 12 Feb 1999 - 12 Aug 2002; Col. Barbara A. Eager, 13 Aug 2002 - 31 May 2006; Col. Michael L. Waggett, 31 May 2006 - 13 Mar 2009; Col. Richard B. Howard, 13 Mar 2009 - 14 Jan 2011; Col. Bradley N. McRee, 14 Jan 2011 - 15 Jul 2011; Col. Timothy J. Cathcart, 15 Jul 2011 - 22 May 2014; Col. Jessica Meyeraan, 23 May 2014 - 29 April 2016; Col. Kevin Donovan, 29 April 2016 – June 1, 2017; Col. Kerry R. Lovely, June 1, 2017 - present.

EPME Commandants: Major Edmund Morrisey, Jul – Nov 1968; CMSgt. Paul H. Lankford, Nov 1968 - Nov 1981; CMSgt. George A. Vitzthum, Nov 1981 - Sep 1985; CMSgt. Gordon G. Kniskern, Sep 1985 - 1988; CMSgt. Richard A. Moon, 1988 - Oct 1990; CMSgt. Jayne E. Shorey, Oct 1990 - Aug 1993; CMSgt. Samuel P. Neale, Sep 1993 - Feb 1997; CMSgt. Walter F. Souder, Feb 1997 - Nov 1999; CMSgt. Jenny L. Smith, Nov 1999 - Apr 2000; CMSgt. Arthur H. Hafner III, Apr 2000 - 2003; CMSgt. Joseph E. Thornell, Sr., 2003 - Feb 2007; CMSgt. Deborah F. Davidson, Feb 2007 - Jan 2011; CMSgt. Donald E. Felch, Jan 2011 - Nov 2013; CMSgt. Thomas K. Stoudt, Nov 2013 - Jan 2015; SMSgt. P. Christine Shawhan (Interim), Jan - May 2015; CMSgt. Edward L. Walden, Sr., May 2015 – July 2017, CMSgt Winfield S. Hinkley Jr., July 2017 - June 2018; SMSgt Ann R. Stokes (Interim), June 2018 - present; CMSgt Steven A. Durrance (announced).

Air Force Outstanding Excellence Awards (AFOEA): 1 Jul 72 – 30 Jun 74;1 Jul 74 – 31 Dec 78; 1 Oct 86 – 30 Sep 88; 1 Oct 88 – 31 Jan 91; 1 Feb 91 – 31 Jan 93; 1 Jun 95 – 31 May 97; 1 Oct 07 – 30 Sep 09; 1 Oct 10 – 30 Sep 11; 1 Oct 11 – 30 Sep 13


  • "The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center". 2010-01-27. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  1. ^ Anderson, David (November 28, 2015). "GS-14/Director, ANG History". I.G. Brown TEC Heritage Pamphlet.

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