Ten graduate from NCO Academy
By Chief Master Sgt Richard Pena, 149th Figther Wing
/ Published January 19, 2010
149th Fighter Wing, Lackland Air Force Base -- Satellite Non-Commissioned Officer graduates who had started their education at Lackland Air Force Base, completed their professional military education 15 December at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base in Tennessee.
Ten 149th Fighter Wing students, including one 273rd member participated in the graduation ceremony were two of the ten graduates were recognized as distinguished graduates. They were Tech. Sgt. Sarah Johnson, 149th Medical Group and Tech. Sgt. Rodolfo Solis 273rd. All of the Graduates agreed that the Satellite NCOA was a great experience. Several officers and non-commissioned officers from the 149th Fighter Wing attended the Ceremony in support of their troops
The Instructors for the NCOA were Lead Instructor Master Sgt. Pedro Soriano III, and Assistant Instructor Tech. Sgt. Alan Columbo, both assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing.
Satellite NCOA consists of a Home Station Phase which is 12 weeks long. The Students attend Class from five to nine two nights a week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays. During these two weeks the class communicates via satellite with Instructors at McGhee-Tyson. The second phase is an In-Residence Phase at McGhee-Tyson. This phase is 17 days long.
Satellite NCOA is a very good tool to use to meet professional military education that has to be completed within three years of promotion to technical sergeant without losing essential personnel for extended periods of time.
The Next Satellite NCOA is scheduled for 23 March to 10 June, 2010, for the Home station Phase and 14 to 29 June, 2010, for the In-Residence Phase and we are looking forward to an equally motivated student-body.