San Angelo leaders tour Goodfellow

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- San Angelo community and civic leaders toured the 17th Training Wing and learned about the mission April 13. The tour is part of monthly events hosted by Leadership San Angelo, a group made up of 34 active and upcoming community leaders.

“What they were learning in the community is that they weren’t learning enough about what we do here on the base,” said Aryn Lockhart, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs community engagement chief. “It is a chance for them to come out and get a direct presentation of what we do here. It benefits Goodfellow because there is a really unique and quality partnership between the community and the base, so it allows for a very seamless connection of what we do and how we can help in the community.”

Peggy Arnold, LSA coordinator, agreed with Lockhart.

“A huge part of our Chamber of Commerce is the retention, expansion and any assistance we can provide to Goodfellow Air Force Base,” said Arnold. “We want them to come out and get a full briefing about the mission and a full understanding of what goes on out here.”

LSA spends an entire day once a month for nine months touring specific facilities to broaden leadership skills and learn more about the local community. Goodfellow’s tour is a part of chamber day, a special course for the group where they pick an important topic to discuss.

Arnold also talked about, how the tour isn’t just about the base.

“Goodfellow not only provides a huge economic impact but the military personnel are our neighbors, our volunteers in every organization,” she said. “We want them to stay here and have a good time while they’re here. It’s a high priority for our chamber.”