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San Angelo leaders tour Goodfellow

Steven Short and Laura Lewis, Leadership San Angelo members, look at an aerial photography heritage display during the LSA tour in the Di Tommaso Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. The visit consisted of a wing mission brief, trip to the 315th Training Squadron and a tour of the fire academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Steven Short and Laura Lewis, Leadership San Angelo members, look at an aerial photography heritage display during the LSA tour in the Di Tommaso Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. The visit consisted of a wing mission brief, trip to the 315th Training Squadron and a tour of the fire academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alex Blackwell, 312th Training Squadron instructor, teaches Stephanie Hamby and Ed Harris, Leadership San Angelo members, who to use one of the fire engines at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. The fire academy was the last stop for LSA during their trip to Goodfellow.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alex Blackwell, 312th Training Squadron instructor, teaches Stephanie Hamby and Ed Harris, Leadership San Angelo members, who to use one of the fire engines at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. The fire academy was the last stop for LSA during their trip to Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts II, 17th Training Group Deputy Commander, briefs Leadership San Angelo in the Di Tommaso Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. The brief explained how the 17th Training Wing trains its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts II, 17th Training Group Deputy Commander, briefs Leadership San Angelo in the Di Tommaso Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. The brief explained how the 17th Training Wing trains its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, welcomes Leadership San Angelo in the Norma Brown Building wing conference room on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. After Downs welcomed the guests, they received a wing mission brief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, welcomes Leadership San Angelo in the Norma Brown Building wing conference room on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 13, 2017. After Downs welcomed the guests, they received a wing mission brief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- San Angelo community and civic leaders toured the 17th Training Wing and learned about the mission April 13. The tour is part of monthly events hosted by Leadership San Angelo, a group made up of 34 active and upcoming community leaders.

“What they were learning in the community is that they weren’t learning enough about what we do here on the base,” said Aryn Lockhart, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs community engagement chief. “It is a chance for them to come out and get a direct presentation of what we do here. It benefits Goodfellow because there is a really unique and quality partnership between the community and the base, so it allows for a very seamless connection of what we do and how we can help in the community.”

Peggy Arnold, LSA coordinator, agreed with Lockhart.

“A huge part of our Chamber of Commerce is the retention, expansion and any assistance we can provide to Goodfellow Air Force Base,” said Arnold. “We want them to come out and get a full briefing about the mission and a full understanding of what goes on out here.”

LSA spends an entire day once a month for nine months touring specific facilities to broaden leadership skills and learn more about the local community. Goodfellow’s tour is a part of chamber day, a special course for the group where they pick an important topic to discuss.

Arnold also talked about, how the tour isn’t just about the base.

“Goodfellow not only provides a huge economic impact but the military personnel are our neighbors, our volunteers in every organization,” she said. “We want them to stay here and have a good time while they’re here. It’s a high priority for our chamber.”