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U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander and Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th Training Wing vice commander, attend the quarterly community partnership agreement meeting held at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. The partnership meeting included working groups as military and civilians brainstormed solutions and strategies for new initiatives (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander and Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th Training Wing vice commander, attend the quarterly community partnership agreement meeting held at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. The partnership meeting included working groups as military and civilians brainstormed solutions and strategies for new initiatives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

17th Training Wing Medical Group members work with San Angelo Community Medical Center employees to assemble a decontamination tent during a training exercise at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. SACMC and Goodfellow organized the training opportunity as a part of  a current community partnership agreements.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

17th Training Wing Medical Group members work with San Angelo Community Medical Center employees to assemble a decontamination tent during a training exercise at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. SACMC and Goodfellow organized the training opportunity as part of a current community partnership agreements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

San Angelo Judge Stephen Floyd speaks during the quarterly community partnership agreement meeting held at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. The leadership meeting gathered members of Goodfellow’s leadership and San Angelo civic leaders to discuss current status potential future agreements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

San Angelo Judge Stephen Floyd speaks during the quarterly community partnership agreement meeting held at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. The leadership meeting gathered members of Goodfellow’s leadership and San Angelo civic leaders to discuss current status potential future agreements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Watson, 17th Medical Group dental laboratory noncommissioned office in charge and Airman First Class, Adan Ramirez, 17th MDG family health medical technician, demonstrate the Toxicological Protective Coveralls with a power air purifying respirator hood during a training exercise at the San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. This equipment is worn by individuals working with patients during the decontamination process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Watson, 17th Medical Group dental laboratory noncommissioned office in charge and Airman First Class, Adan Ramirez, 17th MDG family health medical technician, demonstrate the Toxicological Protective Coveralls with a power air purifying respirator hood during a training exercise at the San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. This equipment is worn by individuals working with patients during the decontamination process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

Military and community leaders discuss ways ahead for future initiatives in small working groups during the quarterly partnership agreement meeting held at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo Texas, April 19, 2018. Currently, Goodfellow and San Angelo lead the Air Force in community partnership agreements.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

Military and community leaders discuss ways ahead for future initiatives in small working groups during the quarterly partnership agreement meeting held at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo Texas, April 19, 2018. Currently, Goodfellow and San Angelo lead the Air Force in community partnership agreements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anallely Mendoza Cuevos, 17th Medical Group lab technician, works with San Angelo Community Medical Center nurse, Todd Castlebury, to assemble the patient litter conveyor at the San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. The patient litter conveyor allows individuals who cannot walk to be transported through the decontamination tent using this conveyor in the event of an emergency.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anallely Mendoza Cuevos, 17th Medical Group lab technician, works with San Angelo Community Medical Center nurse, Todd Castlebury, to assemble the patient litter conveyor at the San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, April 19, 2018. The patient litter conveyor allows individuals who cannot walk to be transported through the decontamination tent using this conveyor in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

17th Medical Group members demonstrate the Toxicological Protective Coveralls, nicknamed the gumby suit, during a training sessions between Goodfellow and the San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo Texas, April 19, 2018. This was the first training session between Goodfellow and SACMC to demonstrate decontaminations procedures.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

17th Medical Group members demonstrate the Toxicological Protective Coveralls, nicknamed the gumby suit, during a training session between Goodfellow and the San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo Texas, April 19, 2018. This was the first training session between Goodfellow and SACMC to demonstrate decontaminations procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aryn Lockhart/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Goodfellow leadership and San Angelo civic leaders met at the San Angelo Community Medical Center to discuss partnership agreements April 19. As discussions about future and current agreements took place inside the hospital, an example of these partnerships was taking place outside. Members of the 17th Training Wing Medical Group worked together with SACMC hospital employees to demonstrate mobile decontamination tents.

Mark Olson, the facilities director for SACMC, organized the training with Staff Sgt. Wesley Taylor, team lead for the 17th Training Wing decontamination team.

“The training was extremely valuable. It was a good group effort,” said Olson.

Olson described how SACMC and Goodfellow have an established partnership and when he recognized many of his employees had not seen the decontamination tent set up, he contacted Taylor. Together they organized a training opportunity where the Air Force would display their decontamination tent and the SAMC employees could practice setting up their own.

“This is the first time I’ve ever conducted training with an outside agency and it was phenomenal to see what happens in the real world,” said Taylor. He remarked upon how members of the Air Force have a variety of jobs, but in an emergency situation, they would mobilize to form the decontamination team and this was the same case for civilian counterparts.

“We were happy to lead the way on the Air Force front and community partnerships. It was great to get out there and work with the civilian world,” said Taylor.

As the training exercise continued outside SACMC, discussions within the facility focused on the status of current agreements and outlining tasks to move new initiatives forward. Partnership agreements were formalized in 2013 by the Air force. This program allowed bases and their local communities to create formalized agreements to share resources and knowledge. Currently Goodfellow and San Angelo lead the Air Force with 29 agreements.

“It’s amazing in five years what this community has done. We share a lot of the same goals within this community and obviously, we want our community to be a destination where people want to come,” said Judge Stephen Floyd.

The partnership meeting including working groups as military and civilians brainstormed solutions and strategies for new initiatives for Goodfellow and San Angelo.

Judge Floyd’s remarks were followed by Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, who shared his vision, “I want this to be an assignment of choice. We want the very best to want to come to Goodfellow not only because of our mission, but because of partnership in this small community.”