The McGhee-Tyson staff noticed how well our personnel had grasped drill and ceremonies, a credit to the instruction of TSgt Maria Escobar, who recently returned from a 4 year tour as a Military Training Instructor at basic training at Lackland Air Force Base. She volunteered her time to ensure the students were nothing less than perfect.
"We had a 100 percent graduation rate for Otis and our first DG [Distinguished Graduate] this time around" Chief Mello spoke pridefully of the Otis students.
Senior Airman Christopher Winship of the 267th CBCS took Distinguished Graduate honors. Rounding out the class were Staff Sgts. Steven Francis and Giselle Rodrigues and Senior Airmen Torrey Cox, Sean Foote, Lee Jamison, and Joseph Smolinsky. During the broadcasts the Otis site was known as "Wicked SMAAHT", a nod for the Boston-area.
EPME is a requirement; a box to check but it is much more than that. It is about challenging yourself, learning new things, connecting with your peers, and making long-term friendships.
One would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't recall their time spent in EPME, regardless of whether it was in-residence or via satellite, as a fun and positive experience. Most usually consider it one of their favorite memories of serving.
The future is bright for EPME at Otis. The establishment of the ALS course here potentially paves a path for more ALS classes and perhaps a satellite NCO Academy class. None of which would be possible without the solid dedication of the NCOs who step up and volunteer their time.
Any NCOs interested in becoming facilitators are asked to contact Sgt. Hasley for requirements and details.