HomeNewsArticle Display

Bulgarian students complete Air Force PME

Corporal Stoyko V. Stoykov, an Airman with the Bulgarian air force, salutes with U.S. Air Force members and classmates August 15, 2013, during a reveille ceremony at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn. Stoykov graduated from Airman Leadership School along with Bulgarian Sergeant Yordanka S. Petrova-Angelova, who graduated from the NCO Academy, as a result of international relations built through the Tennessee National Guard State Partnership Program.

Bulgarian air force Cpl. Stoyko V. Stoykov salutes with U.S. Airmen and classmates August 15, 2013, during a reveille ceremony at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn. Stoykov graduated from Airman Leadership School along with Bulgarian Sergeant Yordanka S. Petrova-Angelova, who graduated from the NCO Academy, as a result of international relations built through the Tennessee National Guard State Partnership Program.

Sgt. Yordanka S. Petrova-Angelova with the Bulgarian air force talks with Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Traugot here August 15, 2013, at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. Petrova-Angelova graduated from the U.S. Air Force NCO Academy along with Bulgarian Cpl. Stoyko V. Stoykov, who attended Airman Leadership School at around the same time. The bulgarian Airmen completed the leadership education this summer as part of relations built through the Tennessee National Guard State Partnership Program. Traugot is the director of education, Satellite EPME at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center.

Bulgarian air force Sgt. Yordanka S. Petrova-Angelova (left) talks with Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Traugot, August 15, 2013, at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn. Petrova-Angelova graduated from the U.S. Air Force NCO Academy along with Bulgarian Cpl. Stoyko V. Stoykov, who attended Airman Leadership School at around the same time. The bulgarian airmen completed the leadership education this summer as part of relations built through the Tennessee National Guard State Partnership Program. Traugot is the director of education, Satellite EPME at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center.

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. (AFNS) --

Two Bulgarian air force members recently completed professional military leadership education here through the Tennessee National Guard’s State Partnership Program.  

Sgt. Yordanka S. Petrova-Angelova attended six weeks of training at the NCO Academy and Cpl. Stoyko V. Stoykov attended five weeks of Airman Leadership School.

The two Bulgarian students successfully graduated along with 334 U.S. service members from across the Air Force, the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and the Coast Guard in a ceremony attended by Tennessee National Guard senior leaders and international guests such as Brig. Gen. Stefan Yanev, the defense attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Officials credited the efforts between the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Eeducation Center, the office of the Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), and State Partnership Program officers from Joint Forces Headquarters, Tennessee National Guard, for the successful program.

“The TEC’s host wing, the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, played a key role in making this a success,” said Chief Master Sgt. Donald E. Felch, the commandant of the Lankford EPME Center.

“Three hundred and thirty-six of you have worked together for many goals, for many weeks,” he said to the graduates. “Your day has arrived. Be proud. We are proud of you.”

Stoykov said he was thankful to both militaries for allowing him the opportunity to attend the training and represent his country.

“If I had the chance, I would do this again,” he said. “Those things we learn here are not just written words, but things that are beneficial to our lives.”

Governors and adjutants general in all 54 states and territories use their National Guards to build relationships in various corners of the world through the training program. The partnership between Tennessee and Bulgaria began more than 20 years ago.

 “It started with a handshake and hopefully it will not end for a very long time,” said Army Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, who has travelled to Bulgaria more than two dozen times.

The Lankford EPME Center, a division of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, holds the largest volume of EPME in the Air Force. Every year, thousands of service members, including those from Canada, arrive on the campus to study and practice Air Force heritage, leadership, management and communication skills.

 “It’s really good that they got to come here, because they got to start at the top,” Haston said. “I know the quality that this academy provides.”

Officials from both countries have voiced hope for sustained training opportunities for their service members.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @AirMobilityCmd: The four fans of freedom are blowing strong as a U.S Air Force C-130J Hercules from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansa…
RT @ActingSecAF: Kudos to @AirForceAssoc on #ASC19 👏🏻 What a wonderful professional opportunity for #Airmen & industry to expand our compe…
.@ACC_Commander designates the 16th Air Force as a new information warfare numbered #AirForce at #ASC19. As… https://t.co/LMiMJ3rWNO
RT @AstroHague: Thank you to the Airmen across the globe who make the human exploration of space possible. Wishing the @usairforce a happy…
RT @Hanscom_AFB: “The @usairforce is leading the charge across @DeptofDefense. No one else in #government has as much ... of this software…
RT @PACAF: Commanders from Australia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S. met for the 2019 Logistics and Safet…
To all those who helped establish the long blue line past, present and future, we honor you and we remember with th… https://t.co/teymF7proy
#ASC19: "We’re all in this together trying to make your service to country the best experience on the planet. We w… https://t.co/rdbCDBJr2c
#VCSAF Gen. Stephen Wilson speaks on what makes the #AirForce unique. #ASC19 https://t.co/gStwUZoaQC
RT @AFSpace: @AstroHague takes #aimhigh to the extreme by celebrating the @usairforce's birthday from the @Space_Station! #FrontiersofBlue
RT @VP: Happy 72nd birthday to the @usairforce! On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you to the amazing men and women of the Air Force for…
#ASC19: There's a challenge to maintain warfighting capabilities until new bombers and missiles arrive. Hear more f… https://t.co/SWB3VjNod8
#ASC19: Want to know which three acquisition trends #AirForce acquisition experts believe should "go viral?" Click… https://t.co/hsiH3oQXOX
RT @NSAGov: Happy Birthday to the @usairforce! For 72 years you've taught us to aim high. We look forward to continuing to fly, fight, and…
RT @AFGlobalStrike: The Air Force is celebrating 72 years of service, so here is 72 seconds of Global Strike Command! #USAFBday #ThisIs72 h…
Moments like this one between @GenDaveGoldfein and retired Col. Charles McGee remind us of where we've been as we f… https://t.co/LlhJhfdHQb
ICYMI: @ActingSecAF Matthew Donovan announced Sept. 16 at #ASC19 that the B-21 Raider is being produced in Northrop… https://t.co/XTsOnLwrTw
ICYMI: @ActingSecAF Matthew P. Donovan announced on Sept. 16 at #ASC19 that the Air Force’s all-new advanced traine… https://t.co/9MULuV7vFN
RT @USNavy: To be young again... #HappyBirthday, @usairforce! Congrats on 72 years playing a key role in the National Defense Strategy. He…