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ALS students raise Old Glory

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U.S. Air Force Airmen enrolled in Airman leadership school raise the flag July 24, 2018, at the Air National Guard's Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air Guard Base in East Tennessee. Their super-sized class includes more than 250 Airmen from units across the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- U.S. Air Force Airmen enrolled in Airman Leadership School raised the flag during reveille this morning, July 24, at the Air National Guard's Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center in East Tennessee.

Reveille involves raising the flag at the start of the duty day, and retreat involves lowering the flag at the end of the duty day. EPME students conduct both ceremonies and recite the Airman’s Creed, as part of other customs and courtesies.

The super-sized, total force class is in the third week of a five-week school and includes more than 250 Airmen from units across the nation.

Additional instructors arrived from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Nellis AFB in Nevada, Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, and Offutt AFB in Nebraska. They are assisting faculty to graduate additional flights of students in what is considered a super-sized class.

In-resident ALS prepares Senior Airmen for positions of greater responsibility by providing leadership skills required of supervisors and reporting officials. It is an Airman's first level and experience in EPME.

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