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Col. Charles E. Powell Event Center

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Reilman, 17th Training Wing commander, and Theresa Ann McKinney, daughter of U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell and JoAnne Powell, unveil the dedication plaque during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Theresa and several family members were in attendance to remember and honor the legacy of Charles and JoAnne Powell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Reilman, 17th Training Wing commander, and Theresa Ann McKinney, daughter of U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell and JoAnne Powell, unveil the dedication plaque during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Theresa and several family members were in attendance to remember and honor the legacy of Charles and JoAnne Powell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

The newly renamed Powell Event Center during the dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. The 17th Training Wing held the ceremony to officially celebrate the renaming of the event center in honor of Retired Col. Charles Powell and his wife. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

The newly renamed Powell Event Center during the dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. The 17th Training Wing held the ceremony to officially celebrate the renaming of the event center in honor of Retired Col. Charles Powell and his wife. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

Theresa Ann McKinney, daughter of U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell and JoAnne Powell, sits with family members during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Theresa spoke about her bond with her parents and how thankful she is to the base for honoring her parent’s legacies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

Theresa Ann McKinney, daughter of U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell and JoAnne Powell, sits with family members during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Theresa spoke about her bond with her parents and how thankful she is to the base for honoring her parent’s legacies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Color Guard presents the U.S. National Colors during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. The primary purpose of the Color Guard is to present the National Colors during official ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Color Guard presents the U.S. National Colors during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. The primary purpose of the Color Guard is to present the National Colors during official ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

Family members of U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell and JoAnne Powell, stand with the dedication plaque during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Charles Powell was the commander of the 3480th Technical Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB from 1980-1984. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

Family members of U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell and JoAnne Powell, stand with the dedication plaque during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Charles Powell was the commander of the 3480th Technical Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB from 1980-1984. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

The plaque dedicating the JoAnne Powell ballroom during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. Joanne Powell was recognized for her dedication and service as a major member and leader in the San Angelo and Goodfellow community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

The plaque dedicating the JoAnne Powell ballroom during the Powell Event Center dedication ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sept. 10, 2021. JoAnne Powell was recognized for her dedication and service as a major member and leader in the San Angelo and Goodfellow community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Thrash)

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The 17th Training Wing and members of the San Angelo community held a ceremony to celebrate the renaming of the Powell Event Center, on Sept. 10.

The renaming was a dedication to honor U.S. Air Force Retired Col. Charles E. Powell, a previous commander of the 3480th Technical Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base, who continued to support the community and base even after he retired.

Along with the dedication of the building, the ballroom in the event center is now renamed the JoAnne Powell Ballroom to honor Charles’ wife. There are now awards, plaques, coins, and certificates on display in the Powell Event Center to honor the impact and dedication of Charles and JoAnne.

“I wanted to express my deepest gratitude and heartfelt appreciation of this incredible honor that you have bestowed upon both of my parents,” said Theresa Ann McKinney, daughter of Charles and JoAnne Powell. “They are looking down and smiling and saying ‘we don’t deserve that’ but we all know, they do.”

Charles Powell passed away July 2, 2020 and JoAnne passed away March 25, 2021.

“It’s not just those that wear the uniform,” said Representative of the 11th District, Texas, Congressman August Pfluger. “It’s all of the community together. And how appropriate it is to be in an event center where the legacy that is honored is one that started after Col. Powell’s military service, with JoAnne working to serve the congressional service and with both of them working together to bring the community together.”