Goodfellow hosts Senior Leaders’ Conference

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  • By Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

Col. Matthew Reilman, 17th Training Wing commander, hosted a Senior Leaders’ Conference, Oct. 13-15.

The conference featured discussions and team activities to increase familiarity between joint service leaders.

Guest speaker retired Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, Angelo State University president, spoke at the event. Hawkins spent 37 years in the Air Force. During his speech, he provided mentorship and spoke about what it means to lead effectively.

During the conference, Reilman discussed a variety of topics with Goodfellow senior leaders. The theme of the event was vicious harmony. According to a quotation from retired U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis,“In this age, if you cannot create harmony — even vicious harmony — on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete. We have got to have officers who can create harmony across all those lines.”

Senior leaders’ also had the opportunity to mentor ASU ROTC students about the different careers in the military during the conference.

One of the activities members participated in was a “lessons learned” activity, where members learned about one another and their job. They then presented what they learned during the conference in a group discussion.

Reilman also discussed his priorities and his intent moving forward for the 17th TRW.

Members of the conference also participated in a Key Spouse Luncheon, where senior leaders and key spouses socialized and discussed the Key Spouse Program and its future.