HONORARY COMMANDER HANDBOOK

Am I eligible?

Honorary Commanders should:

  • Be a United States citizen of outstanding character, integrity and patriotism.
  • Be a leader in local/regional/national community affairs.
  • Be in a position to provide individual perspectives to senior Air Force and Space Force leaders on Air and Space Forces initiatives, issues and other matters of interest.
  • Be in a position to disseminate information about the Air Force and Space Force to a broad cross section of the public and to other prominent citizens in their area.
  • Be able to interpret and affect public attitude toward the Air Force and Space Force.
  • Be able and willing to devote a reasonable amount of time as a civic leader for the installation.

Honorary Commanders cannot:

  • Be an employee of the federal government.
  • Be a federally elected or appointed official. Locally elected or appointed officials will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be an active member of the National Guard or a member of the Ready Reserve (Selected), Individual Ready Reserve, or Standby Reserve. 
  • Be a retired military member of any service. Exceptions will be rare and approved at the MAJCOM/PA or Field Command PA level when there is significant justification for inclusion.
  • Be a paid employee of any political party or candidate.
  • Hold financial interests that conflict with their role as a civic leader, or those who have current, or are bidding on, contracts with the DoD.

APPLICATION

Click here to apply for the program.  Email the completed application to:  17trw.pa2@us.af.mil

Your Point of Contacts (POC) for the HCCP:

James Orlando – Public Affairs Chief (contact number:  325.654.3876)

Alicia Aguilar, Visual Information Specialist: (contact number: 325.654.3876)

Email:  17trw.pa2@us.af.mil

Honorary Commander Program

 The Honorary Commander Program (HCCP) enables members of the community to understand the importance of Goodfellow Air Force Base (GAFB), the United States Air Force (USAF), Department of Defense (DoD) and their military mission. It also enables military commanders and their units to learn more about the community in which they live. Goodfellow commanders and personnel benefit through increased association with the community and leaders.

The program allows for frequent opportunities to visit the 17th Training Wing and learn about the mission, to participate in base functions and to express your views on issues of mutual concern.

The Honorary Commanders Program is intentionally designed to build our support cadre among the community. Each time you step on Goodfellow you represent San Angelo and Tom Green County. We appreciate your understanding in refraining from soliciting your business during any of the events.

BENEFITS

These programs increase the bond between local civic leaders and the Department of the Air Force. The goal of a civic leader program is to engage, educate and empower local, regional, and national level community leaders to be unofficial spokespersons for the Department of the Air Force, Airmen and Space professionals and their families.

OBJECTIVES

  • Promote a mutual understanding between HCC and GAFB leadership and personnel
  • Help the HCC gain knowledge of the mission of GAFB, the USAF as well as the DoD
  • Encourage the HCC to invest time and resources into projects that will enhance the quality of life for GAFB personnel and their families
  • The Honorary Commander Program is a voluntary program designed to build and maintain solid, mutually beneficial partnerships between local communities and the 17th TRW - It is a one-year term

EXPECTATIONS

  • To be the best well-rounded ambassador possible, you are expected to attend all immersions. To receive the maximum benefit of this unique opportunity and how you can best communicate what and who Goodfellow is, attending the immersions will give you the best understanding of the base
  • You will also be invited to attend socials, change of commands as well as base-wide events
  • Honorary Commanders can resign or be dropped from the program at any time if the program is not a good fit. 
  • In order to graduate at the end of the term, the HCC may not miss more than one immersion without a valid excuse.

Immersion Events (Dates Subject to Change):

  1. October 2023 – Powell Event Center Graduation and Induction Ceremony
  2. 17th Training Wing Immersion and Base Tour - 30 November 2023 
  3. 17th Training Group Immersion – Mid February 2024 
  4. Leadership San Angelo Goodfellow Day – Second week of April 2024
  5. 17th Mission Support Group Immersion – Mid May 2024
  6. 17th Med Group Immersion – Mid July 2024
  7. Wing Staff Agency Overview – EO August 2024
  8. Graduation and 2024 Induction Ceremony – October 2024

Extra-curricular events 

  • Change of Commands
  • Military Advisory Group lunches
  • Air Force Ball
  • Socials; Award Ceremonies
  • Additional base wide events and possible volunteer opportunities
    •  Ghoulfellow Trunk or Treat Fire Academy parking lot
    •  Santa’s Market in the Fire Academy High Bay
    •  Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Parade Field
    •  Spring Festival and Egg Hunt
    • 4th of July at the Rec Camp – 4 July 2024
    • Oktoberfest

TERMS OF ADDRESS

Military personnel are addressed by their grade or title. Officers are addressed by their grade (e.g. captain, major, colonel, general, etc.) or “sir” or “ma’am”. Physicians and dental officers may be addressed as “doctor”. Chaplains may be addressed as “chaplain” or by their ecclesiastic title. Enlisted personnel should be addressed as follow:

Title

Term of Address

Chief Master Sergeant

Chief Master Sergeant or Chief

Senior Master Sergeant

Senior Master Sergeant or Senior

Master Sergeant

Master Sergeant or Sergeant

Technical Sergeant

Tech Sergeant or Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant or Sergeant

Senior Airman

Senior Airman or Airman

Airman First Class

Airman First Class or Airman

Airman

Airman

Airman Basic

Airman

 

Goodfellow by the numbers

EXECUTE AND IMPROVE THE MISSION

400-person/200-room deficit pipeline dormitory, FY24: $44M

Fire Academy dry trainer, FY19: $1.4M

Intel Campus universal classroom renovations:

FY23, 32K sq.ft.: $9.0M

FY24, 76K sq.ft.: $4.4M

TAKING CARE OF OUR PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES

Base lodging renovation, FY22: $18M

Base fire station upgrade, FY24: $2.4M

Student dormitory renovations

FY 22, 81K sq.ft.: $6.5M

FY 23, 16K sq.ft.: $3.6M

ENHANCE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS AND RELATIONSHIPS

Cressman dining facility expansion: $3.3M

Special instruments consolidation: $1.2M

International student classroom expansion: $3.4M

Military working dog training area enhancement:  $350K

Military resiliency projects: $1.5M

Energy resiliency: $2.45M

Air Education and Training Command

Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the second oldest major command in the Air Force. AETC’s training mission makes it the first command to touch the lives of nearly every Air Force member. AETC was formed in 1942 as the Army Air Corps Flying Training Command with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Less than a year later, the headquarters moved to Fort Worth, Texas. During World War II the command provided technical and flying training at more than 600 installations, factories and institutions of higher learning. The headquarters moved to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in 1946, to Scott AFB, Illinois, in 1949, and finally to Randolph AFB in 1957. In July 1993, Air Training Command and Air University merged to form AETC. This redesignation allowed the command to retain all of its previous heritage and honors. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure plan renamed Randolph Air Force Base, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC training and education programs.

AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and the Air University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active duty and seven Reserve wings.

MISSION
We Recruit, Train and Educate, Exceptional Airmen

VISION
The First Command: Developing Airmen of Character...The Foundation of a Lethal Force

17th Training Group

The 17th TRG consists of the following squadrons

- 17th Training Support Squadron
- 312th Training Squadron
- 313th Training Squadron
- 315th Training Squadron
- 316th Training Squadron

MISSION
The mission of the 17th Training Group is to "Train, Develop and Inspire Professional Fire Protection and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Warriors."

ABOUT
The 17th Training Group is the largest of the five groups and consists of four squadrons responsible for training fire protection professionals and conducting initial, intermediate, and advanced education courses for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, warriors. The 17th TRG Command Section includes the Information Management Section, Special Security Office and the Standards and Evaluations Office.

With almost 3,000 students, the group graduates nearly 14,000 annually. Graduates serve line combat units to national level agencies worldwide. These warriors support all combatant commanders, as well as other governmental agencies and have an immediate impact on today's fight while preparing for tomorrow's challenges.

517th Training Group

The 517th Training Group consists of the following squadrons

- 311th Training Squadron
- 314th Training Squadron
 

MISSION
Train Airmen in foreign language acquisition, develop airmen skills, and instill Air Force values.

VISION
Deliver language-enabled Airmen with the values and military skills needed for operational excellence.

ABOUT
The 517th Training Group is a geographically-separated unit located at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. It consists of two squadrons and organic support capabilities to include an Operational Medical Element, Chaplain Corps and other administrative and technical support functions. 

The 517th Training Group is integrated within the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and is essential to training over 3,600 multi-service students in 16 different foreign languages in Monterey and up to 65 different languages at DLIFLC’s Washington DC site.

Air Force graduates of DLIFLC serve everywhere from Cryptologic Linguists, Foreign Area Officers, presidential translators and OSI agents. Additionally, graduates participate in the Language Enabled Airman Program, the Olmsted Scholar Program, and foreign Professional Military Education and exchange programs.

17th Mission Support Group

The 17th Mission Support Group includes

- 17th Civil Engineer Squadron
- 17th Communications Squadron
- 17th Contracting Squadron
- 17th Logistics Readiness Squadron
- 17th Security Forces Squadron
- 17th Force Support Squadron
 

MISSION
We provide unrivaled installation support and service necessary to train, develop and inspire the Future Force

VISION
Unrivaled support, unmatched customer service, strengthening the Air Force family through developing and sustaining a quality working, living and lifelong learning environment.

ABOUT
The 17th Mission Support Group is the most diverse group and consists of six squadrons responsible for all aspects of logistical and personnel support on Goodfellow.

The group provides the foundation for executing the training mission and taking care of Team Goodfellow members. Day to day, they maintain and continually improve the base infrastructure, provide security and operate the wing's extensive computer architecture. Likewise, they manage all recreational facilities and activities on base ensuring superb quality of life.

Click link below for the 17th Medical Group

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