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The Great Depression left more than a few cities across the United States eager for the economic stimulation that came with rearmament and proximity to a military installation.  Selma, Alabama, for example, provided nearly 2,000 acres for the pilot school that would become Craig Air Force Base.  Above, San Angelo’s offer was no less generous. (Courtesy photo) Making Goodfellow Part II: The Telegram
The economic impact of Goodfellow Air Force Base for San Angelo and the surrounding region has been enormous, exceeding $300 million in fiscal year 2015 alone. For this, the credit goes to Culberson Deal and Robert Carr.In May 1940, Deal and Carr were members of the San Angelo Board of City Development, today’s Chamber of Commerce. Deal was the
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The official opening of the San Angelo airport on Jan. 24th,1929 brought civil and military aviation to the city, as student pilots from Kelly and Brooks Fields in San Antonio often used the airport during cross-country training. The old airport lay southeast of the city along San Antonio Highway, across from the present site of Lawnhaven cemetery. (Courtesy photo used with permission) The Making of Goodfellow
History has been hard on Neville Chamberlain. As Prime Minister of Great Britain from May 1937 until May 1940, he had “the hope of doing something to improve the conditions of life for the poorer people.” Indeed, he won passage of legislation limiting working hours for women and children. He secured the “holidays with pay” act. He mended relations
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U.S. Air Force Col. Michael L. Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, steps to the podium to address the crowd after assuming command during the 17th TRW Change of Command Ceremony at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2015. Downs is the 45th base commander and commands four groups, including three geographically separated units, with the mission to develop exceptional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Fire Protection Professionals for America and Her Allies.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released) Looking Back Before the New Year
Welcome to 2016, Team Goodfellow! I hope everyone had a relaxing and memorable holiday season. I’m particularly excited about 2016 because it marks Goodfellow’s 75th Anniversary! The Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and civilians at Goodfellow impress me every single day with their professionalism and dedication to the mission.
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Maj. Joshua D. Pitler, 81st Operations Support Flight commander, operates an Unmanned Aerial System, more commonly known as a drone, Dec. 8, 2015, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  Drones are prohibited from being operated on base. For more information and guidance on the operation of UAS visit, (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what’s next?
The Consumer Electronics Association believes 2015 will be a defining year for the drone, with sales expecting to approach 700,000 this year. The industry must be selling all of those drones as FAA statistics show a surge in “close call with drone” reports by pilots of manned aircraft: nearly 700 incidents so far this year, roughly triple the amount recorded in 2014.
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GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- 17th Training Group students march from class on the troop walk July 1, 2014. 17th TRG leadership will change the rules for pipeline students just entering the military in order to make more effective use of their time and focus more on character development April 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Devin Boyer) I'm an American Airman Now
As Exodus quickly approaches, many of our students are going to return home for the holidays. They may expect everything to stay the same. Looking back 20 years, I remember having a difficult time adjusting to my first visit home and I was expecting everything to be the same, but it wasn't. I was never briefed that going home could be a difficult
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A Big Six wheel spins during a faux casino game during the 4th Annual Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Guys Night Out event at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 12, 2015. The event was held by SAPR program officials on base to raise awareness of sexual assault and build resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Airman Caelynn Ferguson/Released) SAPR Guys Night Out
Last night I went to the Guys Night Out, an annual Sexual Assault Prevention and Response event for males on base. The majority of the participants were students, although I recognized some permanent party. As I passed them by, we smiled and waved hello. The sound of hip hop and conversations spilled through the doors like sunlight through a
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Victoria Gutierrez, 17th Medical Operations Squadron Mental Health technician, passes out information on mental health at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base Oct. 8, 2015. The information was passed out for the 5th annual Girl’s Night Out. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Chase Sousa/Released)
SAPR Girl's Night Out
Walking in to the Event Center, I was hit with a storm of noise and excitement. People were smiling, handing out gifts, playing card games and taking photos of themselves and one another. With all the noise, I immediately went to the back of the room and sat quietly as I tried to figure out what was going on. It was the 5th Annual Sexual Assault
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GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – An Airman checks her phone while driving May 5, 2014. When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what is around them, such as traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrians. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Michael Smith) Drive Safely to Work Week
It sounds funny, I know, Drive Safely to Work Week, what are they talking about? We drive to work safely every day. However, 52 percent of accidents that people are involved in happen within 5 miles of their home and 62 percent are within 10 miles of their home.This year’s Drive Safely to Work Week is Oct. 5 to Oct. 9. The theme is Plan Ahead.
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Drug Education for Youth participants watch 312th Training Squadron students put out a fire at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 6, 2015. The coordinators lined up several events for the children to go to, including trips to the Abilene Zoo and many more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released) September is National Preparedness Month: Week 5
On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, join the nation in moving from awareness to action as communities prepare for hazards that impact their areas the most.Many activities happen around the country in which volunteers participate in. Find them using the advanced search or in the activities list on the America’s PrepareAthon! website. You can also plan
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Saving money doesn’t always mean going to a bank from time to time, it can sometimes be helpful to take the change out of your pocket and put it into a piggy bank or a spare jar in your home. (Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer) Pension advance loans
Last March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a bulletin warning to veterans and retirees against buying loans from financial managers and pension loan companies that offer pension advances. A pension advance is a loan offered in exchange for all or part of a retiree’s pay. Federal law prohibits veterans from automatically turning
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