by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
3/23/2015 - MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- The
14th commandant of the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military
Education Center was announced here March 2 by the Commander of the I.G.
Brown Training and Education Center.
Col. Jessica Meyeraan said in an email that the TEC expects to welcome
Chief Master Sgt. Edward Walden to his new assignment this spring.
Senior Master Sgt. P. Christine Shawhan is currently serving as the
interim commandant since the recent retirement of Chief Master Sgt.
Thomas Stoudt, the 13th commandant, in January.
Walden will accept responsibility to prepare thousands of future Total
Air Force leaders at the Air National Guard's premier center for
enlisted professional military education.
The Air National Guard established the training center in June 1968, and
it has since trained more than 30,000 Airmen. It outputs the largest
volume of Total Force EPME graduates in the U.S. Air Force.
More than 2,000 students per year attend leadership training and other
studies through the Lankford PME Center's Airman leadership school and
NCO academy, which provide traditional campus classroom coursework as
well as distance learning, via satellite broadcast.
Officials said that Walden served in the field as a Texas National Guard
Airman for the state's sustainment services as superintendent before
taking his current responsibility as the principle advisor to the chief
of the Services Division at the National Guard Bureau, Air National
Guard Readiness Center, on Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Walden managed, developed and organized Air National Guard Services
education and training issues, as well as courses and ANG Services
instructors for Airmen at 89 wings, said officials.
Officials said that Walden also served as an advanced certified faculty
member for the University of Phoenix, as a researcher/statistical
analyst for the Tarrant County College District, and as an adjunct
faculty member for the ATI Career Training Center. He also served as
the academic dean at the Career Colleges of Chicago.
Walden earned his associate's degree from the Community College of the
Air Force as well as his bachelor's degree in Workforce Education
Training and Development from Southern Illinois University. His advanced
degrees include a master's in Business Administration from the
University of Phoenix and a doctorate in Philosophy, Postsecondary and
Adult Education from Capella University.