Founders Week honors Goodfellow history

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Geary, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategy Plans Policy and Force Development director, answers a question for a Q-and-A panel during Founders Week at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. The Founders Week tour brought back previous commanders and chiefs to share their experiences and see Goodfellow’s progress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Geary, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategy Plans Policy and Force Development director, answers a question for a Q-and-A panel during Founders Week at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. The Founders Week tour brought back previous commanders and chiefs to share their experiences and see Goodfellow’s progress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, speaks to guests during the Founders Week tour at the Crossroads Student Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. The Crossroads Student Center exists to give Airmen a place to study and relax. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, speaks to guests during the Founders Week tour at the Crossroads Student Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. The Crossroads Student Center exists to give Airmen a place to study and relax. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, watches a rope rappelling demonstration at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. The demonstration was part of the Founders Week tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, watches a rope rappelling demonstration at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. The demonstration was part of the Founders Week tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Welling, 312th Training Squadron Commander, briefs Brig. Gen. Thomas Geary, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategy Plans Policy and Force Development director, and Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. Welling briefed the founders about Goodfellow’s fire school training course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Welling, 312th Training Squadron Commander, briefs Brig. Gen. Thomas Geary, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategy Plans Policy and Force Development director, and Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016. Welling briefed the founders about Goodfellow’s fire school training course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The 17th Training Wing hosted its first Founders Week on Goodfellow, Sept. 15.

Founders Week brings previous commanders and chiefs back to the base to show them the installation’s progress.

“I was the first Air Education and Training Command commander that was sent here,” said retired Col. Charles Powell.

As part of Founders Week, former commanders and chiefs participated in a Q and A panel where current team Goodfellow members could ask questions.

“When I got here the base was on the projected closure list,” said Powell. “The biggest challenge we faced when I was here was getting off that list.”

After the Q and A panel the founders toured the base where they visited the Louis F. Garland Department Of Defense Fire Academy, Crossroads Student Center, Event center and student dorms.

“I was stationed at Goodfellow in the mid-70s so this brought back a lot of memories,” said Matt Healy, San Angelo community leader. “I learned that Col. Norma Brown really had a heart for the Airmen, and that is a tone that goes throughout Goodfellow.”