Wounded Warriors Welcomed
By Ms. Cheri Dedrick, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 23, 2009
GOODFELLOW AFB, Texas -- Twenty-five wounded warriors. Servicemembers who have gone above and beyond to ensure our freedoms here in America are secure participated in the third annual Hunt for Heroes parade, Friday. Army, Navy, Marines and Airmen marched, along with the Joint Service Color Guard, fire trucks, motorcycles from Goodfellow Air Force Base, along the Concho River through crowds of San Angelo citizens waving flags, shouting "USA," extending their hands and hearts, thanking them for their support.
Following the parade, approximately 125 Team Goodfellow personnel welcomed the servicemembers at the flag pole in front of the Norma Brown Headquarters Building. Met by Col Thomas Geary, 17th Training Wing commander and Chief Frederick Ricker, 17 TRW command chief, personnel were provided the opportunity to talk with those who served and were wounded in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
These servicemembers have lost limbs, endured multiple surgeries, and rehabilitation, yet they continue their desire to return to their respective service to serve. If you look up the definition of a "hero," in the dictionary, it shows a hero to be someone of great strength or ability, an illustrious warrior, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities. Although they don't consider themselves heroes, this definition says it all about who they really are.