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Air Guard training and education center welcomes new commander

Change-of-command ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Lozano takes command of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center while taking the unit guidon, passed from U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, May 31, 2019. Lozano replaced Col. Kerry R. Lovely, who is retiring after more than 33 years of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Change-of-command ceremony

U.S. Air Force Airmen, family, and friends bow their heads in prayer at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, May 31, 2019, at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, before a change of command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Change-of-command ceremony

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, commander of the Air National Guard Readiness Center, shares his thoughts on the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s incoming and outgoing commanders during a change-of-command ceremony, May 31, 2019, at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Change-of-command ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Kerry R. Lovely gives her parting words to the crowd at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, May 31, 2019. Lovely is retiring after more than 33 years of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Change-of-command ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Lozano receives applause after taking command of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, May 31, 2019. Colonel Lozano replaced Col. Kerry R. Lovely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Change-of-command ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Lozano thanks his family for their support after taking command of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, May 31, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Kenneth Lozano

U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Lozano. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

LOUISVILLE, Tenn.-- U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Lozano took command of the Air National Guard’s training and education center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base here as Airmen, family, and friends in attendance, and via live broadcast, watched and applauded May 31.

“We are extremely blessed in coming to this organization,” Colonel Lozano said about his family arriving for their new assignment.

“In this new capacity, I intend to take the training and education center to greater heights and lethality by increasing its agility, innovation, and resiliency. And we are going to get there with selfless service, great optimism … and utmost passion; fueled by three values – respect, trust, and engagement.”

Colonel Lozano commissioned in 1996 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. He served in a variety of financial management assignments at the squadron, wing, numbered Air Force, and National Guard Bureau Joint Staff.

He deployed to U.S. Central Command in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom, serving as Deputy Disbursing Agent and as Paying Agent, respectively. He last served as the Air National Guard director of Diversity and Inclusion from the Air National Guard Readiness Center located on Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, commander of the readiness center, presided over the change-of-command ceremony and passed the unit guidon from the outgoing commander, Col. Kerry R. Lovely, to Colonel Lozano.

“These two individuals are very, very, humble servants,” General Nordhaus said, speaking to the Airmen of TEC about their incoming and outgoing leaders. “They bring that [optimism and passion] every day to the organization so that you can reach new heights and help our Airmen reach new heights of readiness.”

Upon addressing TEC’s Airmen, Colonel Lozano said, “I look forward to meeting every one of you. Leverage your diversity, and you can leverage what I have to bring to the team.”

TEC’s roughly 80-plus Airmen assigned from the total Air Force conduct enlisted professional military education and professional continuing education. The campus accommodates thousands of service members annually from the Department of Defense and partner nation armed forces. The center’s Warrior Network broadcasts training, education, and command information nationwide.

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