The Tennessee Air National Guard celebrated an historic moment at a leadership training graduation on Thursday.
More than 300 military service men and women graduated from the Airman Leadership School and Noncommissioned Officer Academy. It's housed at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center at the Air National Guard Base at McGhee Tyson Airport.
The programs often include officers from other parts of the U.S. and other countries. Today, for the first time ever, the graduating class included two non-commissioned officers from Bulgaria.
"So it's pretty historic. We haven't done that in the past. We haven't done that with Bulgarian officers. We've sent some of their senior personnel to the senior service colleges, but to get the NCO's here and start that at our core and developmental level is really historic," said Major Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General.
Tennessee has partnered with Bulgaria as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program since 1993. Bulgarian officers have trained in Tennessee, and vice versa, in the 20 years since that agreement.