Team Goodfellow Year in Review

17th Training Wing showcases a plaque celebrating the end of the wing’s diamond anniversary at the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel ballroom, San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, presented the plaque during the awards ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

17th Training Wing showcases a plaque celebrating the end of the wing’s diamond anniversary at the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel ballroom, San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, presented the plaque during the awards ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Annual Awards guest speaker, delivers a speech about the ‘one degree’ that defines the annual award nominees during the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. The 17th Training Wing Command presented a 200 dollar check to Tapia for the Air Force Enlisted Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Annual Awards guest speaker, delivers a speech about the ‘one degree’ that defines the annual award nominees during the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. The 17th Training Wing Command presented a 200 dollar check to Tapia for the Air Force Enlisted Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

17th Training Wing showcases a plaque celebrating the end of the wing’s diamond anniversary at the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel ballroom, San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, presented the plaque during the awards ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

17th Training Wing showcases a plaque celebrating the end of the wing’s diamond anniversary at the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel ballroom, San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, presented the plaque during the awards ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Annual Awards guest speaker, delivers a speech about the ‘one degree’ that defines the annual award nominees during the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. The 17th Training Wing Command presented a 200 dollar check to Tapia for the Air Force Enlisted Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Annual Awards guest speaker, delivers a speech about the ‘one degree’ that defines the annual award nominees during the Annual Awards Banquet at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3, 2017. The 17th Training Wing Command presented a 200 dollar check to Tapia for the Air Force Enlisted Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team perform during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. They carried patriotic flags during the drill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team perform during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. They carried patriotic flags during the drill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, stands for passing of the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team provided a performance with the American flag, service member flags and other patriotic flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, stands for passing of the colors during the 85th Annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Military Appreciation Night at the Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 15, 2017. The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Ambassadors Drill Team provided a performance with the American flag, service member flags and other patriotic flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Austin Weed, 312th Training Squadron guest speaker, speaks to a group of students at one of the training group pavilions on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 17, 2017. Weed, who lost his leg in a car crash, spoke about the importance of never giving up and friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Austin Weed, 312th Training Squadron guest speaker, speaks to a group of students at one of the training group pavilions on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 17, 2017. Weed, who lost his leg in a car crash, spoke about the importance of never giving up and friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Children and parents line up for the Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg Hunt near the school age program area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2017. The event also had a children’s fair. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Children and parents line up for the Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg Hunt near the school age program area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2017. The event also had a children’s fair. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Mike Robertson, Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation president and executive director, hands Lore Long an American flag and a white rose for the loss of her husband during the Department of Defense Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2017. Adam Long was one of the five firefighters honored. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Mike Robertson, Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation president and executive director, hands Lore Long an American flag and a white rose for the loss of her husband during the Department of Defense Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2017. Adam Long was one of the five firefighters honored. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Noah Tait, Goodfellow Marine Corps Detachment student, starts a patrol with children during Operation: Kids Investigating Deployed Services at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 20, 2017. Each child had chance to understand what the armed services go through during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Noah Tait, Goodfellow Marine Corps Detachment student, starts a patrol with children during Operation: Kids Investigating Deployed Services at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 20, 2017. Each child had chance to understand what the armed services go through during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base service members hold an American flag during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony July 3rd Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The San Angelo Fire Department also hung their own flag for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)
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Goodfellow Air Force Base service members hold an American flag during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony July 3rd Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The San Angelo Fire Department also hung their own flag for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Two Angelo State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 Cadets carry a “wounded” Airman after encountering an Improvised Explosve Device during a field training exercise at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 22, 2017. During the first half of day-one, the cadets learned a variety of skills to include Self-Aid and Buddy Care, weapon familiarization and leading group movements, which were tested in mock combat conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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Two Angelo State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 Cadets carry a “wounded” Airman after encountering an Improvised Explosve Device during a field training exercise at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 22, 2017. During the first half of day-one, the cadets learned a variety of skills to include Self-Aid and Buddy Care, weapon familiarization and leading group movements, which were tested in mock combat conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

17th Training Wing students tour a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 30, 2017. The aircraft landed on Goodfellow after travelling from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico to provide Goodfellow students with an orientation on special operations missions and aircraft they may support after graduation.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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17th Training Wing students tour a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 30, 2017. The aircraft landed on Goodfellow after travelling from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico to provide Goodfellow students with an orientation on special operations missions and aircraft they may support after graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

A child studies The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam War memorial, during the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration at the Fort Concho parade ground in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017.  The wall is approximately 250 feet in length, constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)
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A child studies The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam War memorial, during the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration at the Fort Concho parade ground in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. The wall is approximately 250 feet in length, constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

Goodfellow members and San Angelo residents plate their meals at the Goodfellow Appreciation Day at the Carswell Field House on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 20, 2017. The event was sponsored by the city of San Angelo to show appreciation for Goodfellow and Goodfellow members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)
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Goodfellow members and San Angelo residents plate their meals at the Goodfellow Appreciation Day at the Carswell Field House on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 20, 2017. The event was sponsored by the city of San Angelo to show appreciation for Goodfellow and Goodfellow members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released)

Veterans and civilians salute the posting of the colors as part of a Memorial Day re-dedication ceremony at the San Angelo Regional Airport, Texas, May 29, 2017. The ceremony had guest speakers from Goodfellow Air Force Base and the City of San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert D. Martinez/Released)
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Veterans and civilians salute the posting of the colors as part of a Memorial Day re-dedication ceremony at the San Angelo Regional Airport, Texas, May 29, 2017. The ceremony had guest speakers from Goodfellow Air Force Base and the City of San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert D. Martinez/Released)

Airmen await their turn to see the interior of the CV-22 Osprey on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 30, 2017. The aircraft landed on Goodfellow after travelling from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico to provide Goodfellow students with an orientation on special operations missions and aircraft they may support after graduation. (U.S. Air Force Photo by James R. Orlando/Released)
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Airmen await their turn to see the interior of the CV-22 Osprey on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 30, 2017. The aircraft landed on Goodfellow after travelling from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico to provide Goodfellow students with an orientation on special operations missions and aircraft they may support after graduation. (U.S. Air Force Photo by James R. Orlando/Released)

A participant of Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services picks up a water container before running an obstacle course at the Afghan Village on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 4, 2017. During Operation KIDS, volunteer children interacted in simulated deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)
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A participant of Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services picks up a water container before running an obstacle course at the Afghan Village on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 4, 2017. During Operation KIDS, volunteer children interacted in simulated deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

Members of the senior leader’s immersion tour watch as firefighter trainees practice lowering a victim at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 25, 2017. The tour of the fire academy included planes and buildings that are used to train Goodfellow’s future firefighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman)
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Members of the senior leader’s immersion tour watch as firefighter trainees practice lowering a victim at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 25, 2017. The tour of the fire academy included planes and buildings that are used to train Goodfellow’s future firefighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman)

U.S Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, Howard Taylor, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts director, and with students cut the ribbon, signifying the opening to STARBASE at the STARBASE building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 4, 2017. STARBASE enrolls students from both San Angelo and Goodfellow AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)
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U.S Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, Howard Taylor, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts director, and with students cut the ribbon, signifying the opening to STARBASE at the STARBASE building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 4, 2017. STARBASE enrolls students from both San Angelo and Goodfellow AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

Volunteers dressed as zombies roam outside the entrance of the fire training tower as part of the haunted house at Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 28, 2017. Ghoulfellow was a Halloween event that took place throughout Goodfellow and activity that was the haunted house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)
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Volunteers dressed as zombies roam outside the entrance of the fire training tower as part of the haunted house at Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 28, 2017. Ghoulfellow was a Halloween event that took place throughout Goodfellow and activity that was the haunted house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander repels down a building during his tour of the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Along with learning how to repel, trainees are taught proper form in rescuing injured individuals. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander repels down a building during his tour of the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Along with learning how to repel, trainees are taught proper form in rescuing injured individuals. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Marine Pfc. Stephn Dorn, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow Air Force Base trainee, holds a pad while Staff Sgt. Calvin Bradbury, MCD instructor, teaches self-defense to a child during the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. The MCD offered hand-to-hand lessons to anyone interested and provided step-by-step guidance on each exercise. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)
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U.S. Marine Pfc. Stephn Dorn, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow Air Force Base trainee, holds a pad while Staff Sgt. Calvin Bradbury, MCD instructor, teaches self-defense to a child during the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. The MCD offered hand-to-hand lessons to anyone interested and provided step-by-step guidance on each exercise. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Santa Clause high-fives a child before asking him what he wants for Christmas at the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Children were invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a photo after giving him their list of toys they wanted. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)
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Santa Clause high-fives a child before asking him what he wants for Christmas at the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Children were invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a photo after giving him their list of toys they wanted. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and Capt. Iskandar Atajanow 17th TRW chaplain, sign a Combined Federal Campaign paper pledge, donating to a charity of their choice, as an official start to this year’s campaign at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 8, 2017. This year, anyone wanting to sign up for the campaign may do so either with the pledge form or on the campaign’s website. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and Capt. Iskandar Atajanow 17th TRW chaplain, sign a Combined Federal Campaign paper pledge, donating to a charity of their choice, as an official start to this year’s campaign at the Norma Brown building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 8, 2017. This year, anyone wanting to sign up for the campaign may do so either with the pledge form or on the campaign’s website. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U. S. Army Pvt. Kiara Wells, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee and Pvt. John Tracy, 344th MIBN trainee, prepare bags of cookies at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, for distribution to Goodfellow trainees Dec. 20, 2017. Over 40 volunteers gathered at the Taylor Chapel to provide some holiday cheer by filling bags full of cookies for Goodfellow Airmen before they leave for the holidays.
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U. S. Army Pvt. Kiara Wells, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee and Pvt. John Tracy, 344th MIBN trainee, prepare bags of cookies at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, for distribution to Goodfellow trainees Dec. 20, 2017. Over 40 volunteers gathered at the Taylor Chapel to provide some holiday cheer by filling bags full of cookies for Goodfellow Airmen before they leave for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Happy New Year, 17th Training Wing and welcome to 2018!  I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season full of memories and relaxation.  As we charge into 2018, let’s take a moment to look back on the amazing things this Championship Team accomplished over the last year.

Kicking off the New Year, the 17th Training Group literally took off running into 2017 with a formation run.  Around 2,000 Goodfellow members came together for the 1.8 mile run in celebration.  This was quickly followed by the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet hosted by the 17th Training Support Squadron Feb. 3.  Here, we recognized Team Goodfellow’s top performers.  Retired Col. Dick Cole, the last Doolittle Raider, attended the banquet as a guest of honor and presented the 17th Training Wing Unit of the Year Award for 2016 to the 17th Medical Group.

Three offices within the 17th Medical Group won best patient satisfaction at the Ross Clinic.  The clinic sent a Joint Outpatient Experience Satisfaction Survey to the Department of Defense, which rated them first against more than 50 Air Force clinics.  On March 15th, Air Education and Training Command released the winners of its Innovation Competition, with Goodfellow taking home the Institutional Culture Category.  To win the award, the 17th Training Wing had to compete with all other bases in AETC and have Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, AETC commander, select our base as one of the top two in the award category.

Then the rodeo came to town.  The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association hosted Military Appreciation Night in honor of service members at the Foster Communications Coliseum.  The night included presentations from Goodfellow members and rodeo tributes for their 85th anniversary.

March 20th saw the ground breaking for a new temporary lodging facility near the Base Theater. The new TLF will provide 10 two-bedroom units for transient personnel and replace the 30-year-old units.  Goodfellow also hosted its first sports day in two years at the Mathis Fitness Center on April 14th. The day featured volleyball, basketball, dodge ball and more with different squadrons and groups facing off against each other for points.

The 17th Training Wing and Angelo State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the San Angelo Independent School District Administration Building.  The MOU allows Airmen to transfer their Air University college credits toward a criminal justice bachelor’s degree at ASU.  This spring, the 17th Medical Group partnered with Howard College to bring students to the clinic to shadow base doctors.  The program allows Howard College students in the registered nurse program to come to the base clinic for a two- or three-day rotation.  During their time here, students work closely with a doctor and learn about different types of procedures.  I also signed a Public-Public and Public-Private memorandum of agreement with Howard College president, Dr. Cheryl Sparks, at the triannual P4 update meeting.  The agreement allows Howard College to provide English language skills, high school equivalency in Spanish and life skills training to Goodfellow employees.

Top 3 hosted a Community College of the Air Force graduation at the parade field May 12 to recognize individuals who were receiving their Air Force associate degree.  Fifty-six Airmen, four Marines and a Sailor graduated.

The 17th Training Wing, San Angelo community, and Vietnam Veterans of America rededicated the Mathis Field Vietnam Memorial as a part of Memorial Day at the San Angelo Regional Airport. The rededication included the Goodfellow Air Force Base Joint Service Color Guard posting the colors and a guest speech from San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter.  Later that summer, the 17th Training Wing Change of Command Ceremony commenced at the traditional time of 8:17 a.m. at the parade field July 21st.  At the ceremony, Col. Michael Downs, the previous commander, transferred command of the wing to me.

The San Angelo and Goodfellow community came together to implement STARBASE, a DoD youth program, at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.  The STARBASE program focuses on elementary students, primarily in the fifth grade, with the goal being to motivate them to explore science, technology, engineering and math fields as they continue their education.

I spoke about how America is still recovering even after 16 years at the 9/11 Memorial at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy high bay, Sept 11th.  This event paid tribute to first responders who died on 9/11 with a video of remembrance.  Three of our military members here at Goodfellow stood watch representing the various groups of first responders; amidst the silence, a single firefighter rang the ceremonial bell signifying the end of watch.

Goodfellow service members and civilians participated in the Tom Green County All Veterans Council 14th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown San Angelo.  Over 400 military members participated in the parade.  Then on Nov 18th, the 17th Training Wing hosted Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day, the largest community event on base this year with over 4,000 attendees, 78 local vendors and 112 booths, all taking place at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy high bay.

The Navy Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow held their Dec 7th Remembrance Day ceremony.  In honor of the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Petty Officer First Class Asia Foster, CIWT Goodfellow instructor, led the ceremony held at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy.

After five months of renovation, the Community Action Team opened their new location.  They now have a new permanent location for many resiliency programs designed for Airmen and their families.  Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th Training Wing Vice Commander, spoke on the importance of helping agencies and coming together to accomplish these projects.

On Dec 16th, members of Goodfellow, San Angelo Civil Air Patrol, Fort Concho and the San Angelo community came together for the 11th Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Belvedere Memorial Park, San Angelo, Texas.  Members of the CAP Squadron passed symbolic wreaths to me and other commanders from base to lay at the flag pole to honor those from every branch who have served before us. After, attendees for the ceremony were able to lay wreaths across all the veteran headstones at the park

As Exodus came to a close, volunteers gathered at the Taylor Chapel to provide some holiday cheer by filling bags full of cookies for Goodfellow Airmen before they left for the holidays.  Businesses, schools, churches, bakeries and small groups who wanted to ‘Support the troops and bring cookies’ donated approximately 22,000 of them!  Volunteers led by Elaine Sorrell prepared 1,200 bags of cookies for students traveling home and also prepared large cookie trays for events and activities all around the base for the holidays.

The relationships we build together through these events are nothing less than honorable, genuine and one-of-a-kind. It’s what keeps us strong as we go forward into the New Year.  Together we stand united under the same flag as citizens of the same nation, as friends and family.  For this reason, I am honored to serve as your commander.

Happy New Year!