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    Photo by Master Sgt. Mike Smith 

    Air National Guard Training and Education Center/TV

    A painter sands a new coat of paint on the Fletcher Hill archway February 3, 2020, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in East Tennessee, as part of routine maintenance. Former NCO Academy students from the Michigan Air National Guard brought the archway and a plaque to TEC on October 20, 1976, and dedicated it to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Leonard Fletcher. Chief Fletcher attended the first NCO academy class at TEC in 1968. While leading his flight with others during a graduation practice march, he and his ranks kept marching down the hill, away from the drill pad, when they did not hear a command for Column Right. The archway memorializes that light-hearted moment. The base Exchange and parking area now take up the old drill area where the arch first stood, and it now spans the steps outside the Wilson Hall fitness center and gymnasium. Chief Fletcher died about a month after attending the 1976 dedication. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)



    Date Taken: 02.03.2020
    Date Posted: 02.03.2020 09:37
    Photo ID: 6066682
    VIRIN: 200203-Z-SM234-001
    Resolution: 2100x1500
    Size: 1.57 MB
    Location: LOUISVILLE, TN, US 
    Hometown: DETROIT, MI, US

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