Base captures dynasty with fifth anti-terror award

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Air Education and Training Command has named the 17th Training Wing on Goodfellow Air Force Base the winner for best Anti-terrorism Program at the Fixed Installation/Unit level for 2006.

This year's recognition marks the fifth consecutive year the wing has won the award.
"Winning this award for the fifth straight time is awesome," said Master Sgt. Randal Hunt, 17 TRW anti-terrorism officer.

"It sure is helpful when the support for force protection starts with the wing commander and is echoed at every level below him," Sergeant Hunt said. "All the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and civilians on Goodfellow played a part in this, and for that they should be a bit excited."

The wing was notified of the award in a congratulatory message sent on behalf of Lt. Gen. Dennis Larsen, AETC vice commander.

"We were extremely impressed with every package that met the AETC board, but we were charged with selecting only the best," read the general's message.

"I wish you continued success at the Department-of-Defense-level competition."

The wing was recognized for performing several notable achievements that enabled it to compete for the award.

Two of the wing's major anti-terrorism program achievements were the recapitalization of 227 concrete barriers from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, which saved the Air Force more than $210,000, and the spending of $6,000 to modify two forklifts, which reduced barrier plan implementation time by 300 percent.

Although the award is for the 17 TRW as a whole, the 17th security Forces Squadron plays a very important part in the competition.

In 2006, the 17 SFS helped the wing provide area-of-responsibility-specific Anti-terrorism Level I training for 170 servicemembers scheduled to deploy, and their vehicle barrier operations training program was considered a benchmark during the 2006 Operational Readiness Inspection by AETC.

"We're all very proud of each security forces member and contract guard employee we have out there, as well as the base populace and the super force protection culture they exhibit everyday," concluded Lt. Col. Kenneth O'Neil, 17th Security Forces Squadron commander.