Lt. Col. Ewe Little comes to life with spouse power

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Sharon Smith is the artist behind Lt. Col. Ewe Little, a sheep that will be unveiled Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Jacobson Gate entrance for all to admire.

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Sharon Smith is the artist behind Lt. Col. Ewe Little, a sheep that will be unveiled Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Jacobson Gate entrance for all to admire.

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Every once in awhile you come across someone who inspires you; that someone to me is my neighbor, Sharon Smith.

She's a military spouse and stay-at-home mother of five boys all under age 11. That fact alone makes me tired, however, it's not her wonderful abilities as a mom that inspire me, it's her unabashed talent and tenacity as an artist that has given me pause.

When Sharon Smith was given a chance to give back to Goodfellow and San Angelo, she jumped at the opportunity. Have you ever seen those painted fiberglass sheep speckled around town? San Angelo was the wool capitol of the world. There was a famous Ms. Wool contest in the 1950's that was as big as the Miss America pageant. The sheep represents the golden era of San Angelo. Local businesses and government buildings proudly display these painted sheep art pieces.

This was something right up Sharon's alley. As a professional artist, Sharon sought out the chance to paint a sheep representing Goodfellow. Between her and Ellery Damiano, 17th Training Wing Commander's spouse, they found a sheep in need of painting in a storage room on base. With a little TLC, she was able to bring the sheep back to its glory and give it life, and soon it will stand in front of the Jacobson Gate entrance for all to admire.

The Goodfellow Sheep, dubbed "Lt. Col. Ewe Little" is stunning. Painted to look like an airplane fuselage, the sheep is decked out in a super cool bomber jacket with patches representing the base. It will be dedicated Nov. 18, and will be on display for the wing's Community Appreciation Day Nov. 19.

Every time you drive through the Jacobson Gate, you'll know that a Goodfellow spouse is the woman behind the sheep.