An Eventful Year

U.S. Army and Air Force veteran Master Sgt. Tom Davis receives a folded American flag from a young local resident during the opening ceremony for Military Appreciation Night as part of the 84th annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 17, 2016. The rodeo honored military members from all generations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Army and Air Force veteran Master Sgt. Tom Davis receives a folded American flag from a young local resident during the opening ceremony for Military Appreciation Night as part of the 84th annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 17, 2016. The rodeo honored military members from all generations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

A young local resident loses a shoe after falling off a sheep during the Mutton Bustin’ event as part of the 84th annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 17, 2016. Participants for the event come from local and surrounding area elementary schools. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

A young local resident loses a shoe after falling off a sheep during the Mutton Bustin’ event as part of the 84th annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 17, 2016. Participants for the event come from local and surrounding area elementary schools. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

A Rockwell B-1 Lancer flies over the Norma Brown building during the 75th Diamond Anniversary ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. The B-1 flew over after a Vultee BT-15 Valient flew over. Both were symbolic; the vintage BT-15 representing the planes that Goodfellow pilots trained on, and the B-1 representing the intelligence support training the base now provides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

A Rockwell B-1 Lancer flies over the Norma Brown building during the 75th Diamond Anniversary ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. The B-1 flew over after a Vultee BT-15 Valient flew over. Both were symbolic; the vintage BT-15 representing the planes that Goodfellow pilots trained on, and the B-1 representing the intelligence support training the base now provides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin T. Gregg, 17th Medical Support Squadron medical information systems technician, holds the American flag during the 75th Diamond Anniversary at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. Honor guard members, dressed in uniforms from the 1940s, passed off the flag to a contemporary fitted honor guard to honor all generations of Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin T. Gregg, 17th Medical Support Squadron medical information systems technician, holds the American flag during the 75th Diamond Anniversary at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. Honor guard members, dressed in uniforms from the 1940s, passed off the flag to a contemporary fitted honor guard to honor all generations of Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

Rob Harris, KIDY Fox reporter, runs past the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy during a physical training session with the 17th Training Wing on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 25, 2016. Harris participated in the exercise as part of a news series covering local fitness practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

Rob Harris, KIDY Fox reporter, runs past the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy during a physical training session with the 17th Training Wing on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 25, 2016. Harris participated in the exercise as part of a news series covering local fitness practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

A one-year-old girl picks up an Easter egg at the softball field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 26, 2016. The 17th Force Support Squadron hosted the Easter egg hunt to celebrate the holiday with Goodfellow families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

A one-year-old girl picks up an Easter egg at the softball field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 26, 2016. The 17th Force Support Squadron hosted the Easter egg hunt to celebrate the holiday with Goodfellow families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

Participants of the 6th annual Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Challenge sprint for the first objective at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 30, 2016. The challenge raised awareness of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response through engaging participants in games and riddles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

Participants of the 6th annual Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Challenge sprint for the first objective at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 30, 2016. The challenge raised awareness of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response through engaging participants in games and riddles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

Participants of the sixth annual Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Challenge fill empty buckets with water using sponges at the Parade Field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 30, 2016. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response staff educated contenders by asking them questions about SAPR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

Participants of the sixth annual Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Challenge fill empty buckets with water using sponges at the Parade Field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 30, 2016. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response staff educated contenders by asking them questions about SAPR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

Dwain Morrison, San Angelo mayor, listens to the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, Sky Country, during Goodfellow Appreciation Day at the RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, May 21, 2016. Sky Country covered various songs throughout the day to entertain event attendees and volunteers for the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce hosted Armed Forces Day celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

Dwain Morrison, San Angelo mayor, listens to the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, Sky Country, during Goodfellow Appreciation Day at the RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, May 21, 2016. Sky Country covered various songs throughout the day to entertain event attendees and volunteers for the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce hosted Armed Forces Day celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alicia Hansen, 316th Training Squadron student, runs across Celebration Bridge during the Lt. Goodfellow 7.5k run in San Angelo, Texas, May 21, 2016. Goodfellow Air Force Base hosted the run to celebrate its 75th anniversary and the birth of 1st Lt. John J. Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alicia Hansen, 316th Training Squadron student, runs across Celebration Bridge during the Lt. Goodfellow 7.5k run in San Angelo, Texas, May 21, 2016. Goodfellow Air Force Base hosted the run to celebrate its 75th anniversary and the birth of 1st Lt. John J. Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Drag boat drivers race in a liquid quarter mile during the 2016 Showdown in San Angelo Super Nationals drag boat races at Lake Nasworthy, San Angelo, Texas, June 25, 2016. The Showdown brings in people from around the nation and the Goodfellow volunteers ensure that the lake was kept clean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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Drag boat drivers race in a liquid quarter mile during the 2016 Showdown in San Angelo Super Nationals drag boat races at Lake Nasworthy, San Angelo, Texas, June 25, 2016. The Showdown brings in people from around the nation and the Goodfellow volunteers ensure that the lake was kept clean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

An Honor Guard member places a U.S. Navy hat on the POW/MIA “Missing Man” table during the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion Army Ball at the Fort Concho Stables in San Angelo, Texas, June 10, 2016.  The table is set in remembrance of service members who are prisoners of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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An Honor Guard member places a U.S. Navy hat on the POW/MIA “Missing Man” table during the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion Army Ball at the Fort Concho Stables in San Angelo, Texas, June 10, 2016. The table is set in remembrance of service members who are prisoners of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

Fireworks explode over boats on Lake Nasworthy during the 4th of July Celebration in San Angelo, Texas, July 4, 2016. Participants could rent boats or sit alongside the bank of Lake Nasworthy to view the fireworks display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)
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Fireworks explode over boats on Lake Nasworthy during the 4th of July Celebration in San Angelo, Texas, July 4, 2016. Participants could rent boats or sit alongside the bank of Lake Nasworthy to view the fireworks display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

A swimmer makes a front crawl stroke during the Goodfellow Air Force Base Triathlon at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp in San Angelo, Texas, July 30, 2016. Civilians and military service members competed in the race which began with a 400-meter swim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)
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A swimmer makes a front crawl stroke during the Goodfellow Air Force Base Triathlon at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp in San Angelo, Texas, July 30, 2016. Civilians and military service members competed in the race which began with a 400-meter swim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

A competitor begins the 5-kilometer run portion of the Goodfellow Air Force Base Triathlon at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp in San Angelo, Texas, July 30, 2016. The triathlon is an annual event hosted by the base, but is open to the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)
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A competitor begins the 5-kilometer run portion of the Goodfellow Air Force Base Triathlon at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp in San Angelo, Texas, July 30, 2016. The triathlon is an annual event hosted by the base, but is open to the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman Wyatt Hall, 316th Training Squadron student, sings while playing the piano at Crossroads Student Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 13, 2016. The performance was part of Goodfellow’s Got Talent, an event showcasing students’ different talents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airman Wyatt Hall, 316th Training Squadron student, sings while playing the piano at Crossroads Student Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 13, 2016. The performance was part of Goodfellow’s Got Talent, an event showcasing students’ different talents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Vandewalle, 17th Medical Group commander, taunts a dunk tank contender during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. The dunk tank, along with several other activities, brought in hundreds of Goodfellow members to kick off the CFC. This year’s goal for the 17th Training Wing is to raise $117,000 for the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Vandewalle, 17th Medical Group commander, taunts a dunk tank contender during the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff tailgate party at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 8, 2016. The dunk tank, along with several other activities, brought in hundreds of Goodfellow members to kick off the CFC. This year’s goal for the 17th Training Wing is to raise $117,000 for the campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)

San Angelo community members lay a wreath on the 9/11 Memorial during the San Angelo 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Fine Arts Museum in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 11, 2016. The ceremony focused on bringing peace to the victims of 9/11 and unity to American citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)
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San Angelo community members lay a wreath on the 9/11 Memorial during the San Angelo 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Fine Arts Museum in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 11, 2016. The ceremony focused on bringing peace to the victims of 9/11 and unity to American citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Master Sgt. Robert Mrowiec, 312th Training Squadron course development manager, demonstrates the makeup of a radio to a Wall Middle School student at Brandenburg Hall during a tour on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 24, 2016. Mrowiec explained that 312th TRS students are trained on how to make simple radios for use in emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose)
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Master Sgt. Robert Mrowiec, 312th Training Squadron course development manager, demonstrates the makeup of a radio to a Wall Middle School student at Brandenburg Hall during a tour on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 24, 2016. Mrowiec explained that 312th TRS students are trained on how to make simple radios for use in emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose)

Goodfellow Air Force Base Airmen march in formation during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 5, 2016. The parade featured veterans, active duty, marching bands and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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Goodfellow Air Force Base Airmen march in formation during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 5, 2016. The parade featured veterans, active duty, marching bands and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base service members march in formation during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 5, 2016. This was the 13th time the Tom Green County’s All Veterans Council hosted the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose /Released)
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Goodfellow Air Force Base service members march in formation during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 5, 2016. This was the 13th time the Tom Green County’s All Veterans Council hosted the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose /Released)

Central High School students bear flags during the Heroes Hunt Parade at Santa Fe Park in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 8, 2016. San Angelo hosts the Hero’s Hunt Parade for veterans from all over Texas to honor them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)
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Central High School students bear flags during the Heroes Hunt Parade at Santa Fe Park in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 8, 2016. San Angelo hosts the Hero’s Hunt Parade for veterans from all over Texas to honor them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, lays a wreath upon a veteran’s grave during a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Wreaths Across America’s mission is remember, honor, teach; remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, lays a wreath upon a veteran’s grave during a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Wreaths Across America’s mission is remember, honor, teach; remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

U.S. Air Force retired Col. Charles Powell, Airman Alex Bridgewater, 312th Training Squadron student, and Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, cut a cake in celebration of the U.S. Air Force’s 69th birthday during Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Annual Air Force Ball at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 16, 2016. It is a long-held tradition that the birthday cake is cut by the most senior member or veteran and youngest member present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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U.S. Air Force retired Col. Charles Powell, Airman Alex Bridgewater, 312th Training Squadron student, and Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, cut a cake in celebration of the U.S. Air Force’s 69th birthday during Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Annual Air Force Ball at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 16, 2016. It is a long-held tradition that the birthday cake is cut by the most senior member or veteran and youngest member present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Welcome to 2017, Team Goodfellow! I hope everyone had a relaxing and memorable holiday season. I also hope you're recharged and ready to get to work. The Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and civilians at Goodfellow have impressed me every single day with your professionalism and dedication to the mission. I am confident we'll be able to use those attributes to make 2017 the most successful year yet.

Here’s a look at what we accomplished in our efforts to continuously improve across my three priorities: Mission, Airmen and Families.

Mission: Innovation, teamwork and collaboration are the hallmarks of our championship team. In 2016, we worked closely with San Angelo and Tom Green County. In addition to seven prior memorandums of understanding, we signed five new partnership agreements with local organizations to help improve our standard of living while driving down costs and making it even easier to work with our civilian counterparts. For example, we collaborated with the Concho Valley Transit District to offer an affordable trolley transportation to and from base for our students and permanent party members. We also partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and provide permanent party newcomers a monthly guided tour of San Angelo attractions so our members and families can settle in and thrive in their new home. Goodfellow also partnered with the City of San Angelo to provide firetruck maintenance in return for ambulance services for our TriCare beneficiaries. This partnership alone has already produced $40k in savings for Goodfellow and San Angelo. With several new partnership projects underway, I look forward to more collaboration between Goodfellow and the community, while increasing our capabilities and cutting costs for everyone in 2017.

We continue to grow and improve our processes as we train, develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and fire protection professionals to meet the needs of America and her allies. We graduated almost 13,000 students in 2016, an impressive feat by our instructors and support staff. In that number, we trained 58 international students from 19 different countries, including our Saudi Arabian partners. In the near future, to meet the increased training demands from ally and partner nations, we will renovate Heath Hall into an International Training Center to accommodate training interests from over 30 partner nations. In the mean-time, we have made accommodations to train 43 students from 10 different countries in the early part of 2017, the highest number of international students ever at Goodfellow. Our new International Training Center was made possible due to nearly $3 million in grant funds from the state of Texas and the City of San Angelo Development Corporation.

In 2016, Goodfellow observed its 75th anniversary, our diamond celebration. Goodfellow held events throughout the year beginning with a flag-raising reenactment on Jan. 26. The kick-off ceremony featured a B-1B Lancer and Vultee BT-15 fly-over commemorating the San Angelo Air Corps Basic Flying Training School opening ceremony in January 1941. Other key events included a Founder’s Week where former commanders and command chiefs returned to their old stomping grounds. Goodfellow’s contributions to our Nation’s defense is extraordinary. Members from the first two graduating classes from Goodfellow were key to the first two aerial engagements during WWII and that tradition continues to this day as Goodfellow-trained ISR and Fire Protection professionals are key to ongoing operations around the globe.

Airmen: We completed several other projects this year that improved the quality of life on Goodfellow including the Troop Walk Beautification and the addition of several new dining locations around base. One initiative I'm really proud of is the Make Goodfellow Great club-program that we started earlier this year. We now have 37 clubs that have helped 700 Airmen connect and find hobbies ranging from rugby to comedy to an anime club. This initiative continues to grow and I can't wait to see what comes next.

I’m also proud of our efforts to continually develop all levels of our workforce. In 2016 we established a Total Force Development program where we obtained 103 professional development courses and trained over 1500 Goodfellow members. We also held several Flight Commander and Flight Chief courses to prepare these leaders for additional responsibilities.

Another program we’re truly proud of and continually growing is our volunteer program. In 2016, we gave over 18,000 hours, which equates to $375,246 in man hour savings! You helped out with big-name events like the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Santa’s Market, and the Veterans Day Parade. You also helped with other projects and ongoing charitable work like highway cleanups, child advocates, and by contributing to our community in more ways than I can list here. Both the base and the community value your support and selflessness more than you know.

Families: In 2016, we increased the number of Key Spouses that take care of service members and families and the Goodfellow Spouses Club renovated the Thrift Store. Our Spouses Club used store proceeds to provide thousands of dollars in scholarships to spouses and family members. We showed our appreciation for families through various programs like Operation K.I.D.S., Operation Warmheart and Heartlink. We also built a new children’s playground, replaced outdated playground equipment and plan to update our kids’ play spaces. We overhauled our website to make sure it provides our Airmen and families with a single stop for all base and community info.

All of your hard work and fantastic initiatives to improve our base, mission and workforce was recognized through numerous accolades. In total, Goodfellow garnered two Air Force and ten AETC-level unit wins including Air Education and Training's Security Forces Squadron of the Year, Fire Department of the Year, ISR Squadron of the Year and Dental Clinic of the Year. We were also recognized for having the number one safety program and number one library in AETC. That’s just naming a few!

In 2017, I am looking forward to many upcoming advancements for the base to include; larger email boxes, a pedestrian park next to Brandenburg Hall, wi-fi in the student dorms, a new coffee house and much, much more. We also have the Unit Effectiveness Inspection towards the end of the year and I'm confident that we will score another excellent overall.

The New Year ushers in a world of opportunity for Team Goodfellow to demonstrate once again that we are the finest wing in the Air Education and Training Command. We will deal with any changes and we will continue to deliver exceptionally well-trained Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and civilian professionals in ISR and fire protection. This excellence is our duty and our legacy.

I am honored to serve as your Commander. Happy New Year and welcome back!