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Goodfellow hosts USSF ISR Director

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  • By Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas-- Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, U.S. Space Force, visited Goodfellow on Jan. 26.

Lauderback toured the installation and was shown how members are transforming during COVID-19.

Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, and other leadership showed her the new temporary dormitories site. The new dormitories will improve the quality of life for Airmen on base by providing more personal space.

Military Training Leaders with the 316th Training Squadron escorted Lauderback through the 316th TRS dormitory; she then experienced a virtual classroom where she asked questions and observed the students’ learning process.

She also conversed with Airmen to gain a deeper understanding of their time in training.

“Virtual learning has been a challenge for me,” said Airman Gabrielle Reitenour, 316th TRS student. “But the experience is making me more confident in the information that I know.”

Under the pressure of a pandemic, the 17th TRW unveiled a new future of virtual learning; with the 316th TRS leading the way to a creative learning approach. Laptops were purchased while instructors reviewed materials and unclassified courses.

Students now begin their classes through virtual learning in their dorms, since security clearances are not required to start a course; this significantly cuts the time students spend in training.  

“Sometimes it is different and difficult to adapt to a new learning experience,” said Lauderback. “Students here are coming in more prepared than I ever was.”

Lauderback’s tour ended at the Ross Clinic. There she met members of the 17th Medical Group, who explained their efficient COVID-19 testing and vaccination procedures. The 17th MDG transformed to overcome the pandemic’s challenges with new precautions and creative solutions to maintain full functionality while abiding by COVID-19 guidelines.