In government and military, Goodfellow is #1 in keeping Texas beautiful

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Goodfellow Air Force Base took first place honors in the 2007 Keep Texas Beautiful Government Award competition May 22, recognizing the efforts of volunteers from the base to enhance their community and protect the Texas environment. 

This is Goodfellow's second time winning this award; the base previously took first place in 2005. 

The Government Award is one of nine categories in the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards program. First presented in 2001, this award recognizes contributions by government or military groups supporting Keep Texas Beautiful in their local communities. 

Goodfellow volunteers were specifically recognized for their support of the local Shine Up San Angelo city-wide cleanup events, as well as their monthly involvement with the Keep San Angelo Beautiful elderly and disabled trash collection program. 

Tech. Sgt. Bobby Gale, one of the base coordinators of the Keep San Angelo Beautiful program, said the process starts with an e-mail from the KSAB coordinator for the city of San Angelo. After that, the call goes out for volunteers. 

Sergeant Gale estimated that about 20 members of Team Goodfellow on average have worked at each of the 12 projects. Together, he estimated their work at roughly 1,440 volunteer hours. 

"The Goodfellow volunteers have always stepped up and shown they are the best of the best," Sergeant Gale said. "The award was only possible because of the hard work by the volunteers from all four branches of service and their spouses and children." 

Sergeant Gale added that the KSAB volunteers were aided in their efforts by local businesses.

"Keep San Angelo Beautiful is an entire city pulling together to make our town beautiful," Sergeant Gale said. "This award is a direct reflection of all the time and selfless efforts by the entire KSAB team."