TEC welcomes training symposium of 'freedom's front door'

Air National Guard Training and Education Center/TV
Story by Master Sgt. Michael Smith

Date: 04.11.2014
Posted: 04.14.2014 09:09
News ID: 125770
TEC welcomes training symposium of 'freedom's front door'

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center welcomed about 150 leaders of the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command here this week during their national training symposium.<br /> <br /> The TEC's lodging, facilities and central location provided "the most cost-effective means" for the symposium, they said. <br /> <br /> "The facility had so much to offer us," said Marine Corps Col. Kathy Maloney, commander of USMEPCOM. "It just seemed like a great choice." <br /> <br /> Referred to as "freedom's front door," there are 65 MEP stations located in the United States and the Virgin Islands. Those stations evaluate potential members of the all-volunteer military force for standard qualifications, said Maloney.<br /> <br /> The symposium's theme was "Reinforce the Course - Precision and Performance." <br /> <br /> That included discussion and lectures on resource management, legal updates and issues, sexual assault response and prevention, and strategic planning, among other topics. Award and recognition ceremonies were also held.<br /> <br /> The joint service members and federal civilian employees walked outside between TEC's lodging and dining facilities, auditorium and classrooms and fitness center during East Tennessee's fair, spring weather.<br /> <br /> The group gathered at TEC's state-of-the-art, high-definition auditorium in Spruance Hall, but it also divided into afternoon working sessions in the Morrisey Hall classrooms.<br /> <br /> "We have received nothing but phenomenal support from the facility as well as the staff here," said Maloney.