by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
6/12/2015 - MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- About
66 Air Force officers and one Marine Corps officer gathered here June
1-12 at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center for the fourth Air
War College seminar.
The TEC now hosts the seminar twice a year to help provide options for
Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command lieutenant colonels in
their strategic leadership correspondence studies, said officials.
"Officer PME on the TEC campus has really enhanced the training and
education experience for all our students," said Col. Jessica Meyeraan,
the TEC's commander. "Last week's retreat is a great example. The
addition of the AWC flight, formed up next to the NCOA students, was a
fantastic way for us to collectively honor our proud heritage, tradition
of honor and legacy of valor."
The officers arrived from across the nation, they networked and they prepared papers on national security topics.
Lt. Col. Dawn Roberson, a facilitator for the Carl A. Spaatz Center for
Officer Education, said that selection for these seminars is highly
competitive - twice as many applied as were selected. For the Air
National Guard officers, their assigned units selected them to attend as
well as sponsored their travel costs. Air Force officers are centrally
Roberson said that the seminar strengthens the correspondence version of
AWC's 10-month in-resident program at Maxwell Air Force Base in
Alabama. The TEC version consists of four courses, which can take an
officer enrolled in normal distance learning four years' worth of nights
and weekends to complete. These seminars support the officers with
networking and classroom discussion during the second and fourth course.
"The purpose of this seminar is to let them focus on those studies,
discuss them and set aside the distractions and demands at home," said
Roberson said that the officers' perspectives from their particular
career fields and duty assignments held great value to the studies and
writing as well as in networking to future missions. She hopes more will
consider the seminar's value in AWC.
Thousands of officers enroll in AWC's distance learning program each year.