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USAF instructors prepare for virtual in-residence remote EPME

U.S. Air Force Tech.Sgt. Megan Francolini and Tech. Sgt. Renee Wiederspahn discuss enlisted professional military education recordings in the TEC-TV control room June 4, 2020, during recording sessions for virtual in-residence remote NCO academy for the total U.S. Air Force. TEC’s Lankford EPME Center in East Tennessee kicks off VIR-R NCO Academy as well as VIR-R Airman leadership school for more than 250 students, connected across the nation, beginning June 15. Sergeants Francolini and Wiederspahn are assigned to the center as PME instructors. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

U.S. Air Force Tech.Sgt. Megan Francolini and Tech. Sgt. Renee Wiederspahn discuss enlisted professional military education recordings in the TEC-TV control room June 4, 2020, during recording sessions for virtual in-residence remote NCO academy for the total U.S. Air Force. TEC’s Lankford EPME Center in East Tennessee kicks off VIR-R NCO Academy as well as VIR-R Airman leadership school for more than 250 students, connected across the nation, beginning June 15. Sergeants Francolini and Wiederspahn are assigned to the center as PME instructors. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. -- Tech. Sgt. Megan Francolini and Tech. Sgt. Renee Wiederspahn recorded sessions in the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center TV studio, June 4, on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, during camera-work for virtual in-residence remote NCO academy for the total U.S. Air Force.

Their efforts are among just a few weeks' worth of turnaround by TEC’s Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center - the Air Force’s largest EPME center - as it kicks off VIR-R NCO Academy as well as VIR-R Airman leadership school mid-month.

Chief Master Sgt. Steven Durrance, the EPME center commandant, said in March that his team was focused on preparations to instruct a new curriculum as well as alternative learning methods.

Instructors learned television-studio camera skills from broadcasting experts, including reading from a teleprompter, to record their curriculum. TEC operates the Air National Guard's broadcast center and Warrior Network television studios.

"This was an extremely quick turn for Lankford; especially considering the circumstances," said Master Sgt. Michael Beiting, NCO academy superintendent. "It really has been a massive effort with a lot of challenges."

The Air National Guard’s Lankford Center is a total force institution and graduates thousands of students annually. The 38 faculty include 19 enlisted Airmen from the regular Air Force, 18 from the National Guard, and one from the Reserve Command, as well as three support staff. They focused on coursework revisions and transformations from home since the worldwide pandemic suspended classes on campus.

More than 250 EPME students will connect from their homes across the nation beginning June 15.

Airmen interested in these courses should speak with their assigned education managers concerning VIR-R EPME opportunities.

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