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Civic leaders tour on Goodfellow AFB

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Bradley Jr., 312th Training Squadron Department of Defense Louis F. Garland Fire Academy apprentice course flight chief, briefs civic leaders on training aspects at the academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. The fire academy trains fire protection personnel for the DOD, partnered allies and San Angelo community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Bradley Jr., 312th Training Squadron Department of Defense Louis F. Garland Fire Academy apprentice course flight chief, briefs civic leaders on training aspects at the academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. The fire academy trains fire protection personnel for the DOD, partnered allies and San Angelo community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

San Angelo civic leaders and Goodfellow Air Force Base leadership observes the Norman Brown Simulator used in the fire officers’ incident management course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. Each building in the simulator is customizable to a variety of incidents, distinguishing over 10,000 different emergency scenarios for the students to asses.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

San Angelo civic leaders and Goodfellow Air Force Base leadership observes the Norman Brown Simulator used in the fire officers’ incident management course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. Each building in the simulator is customizable to a variety of incidents, distinguishing over 10,000 different emergency scenarios for the students to asses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

San Angelo civic leaders and Goodfellow Air Force Base leadership venture into a simulated training environment on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Aug. 24, 2021. The emergency medical responder course have three manikins that use Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computers and were donated through local community partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

San Angelo civic leaders and Goodfellow Air Force Base leadership venture into a simulated training environment on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Aug. 24, 2021. The emergency medical responder course have three manikins that use Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computers and were donated through local community partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Case, 312th Training Squadron emergency medical responder instructor, briefs the civic leaders on the capabilities of manikins that use a Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021.  Over 90% of fire protection requests will be EMR related, and the HAL manikins provide the students real world emergency training before operational endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Case, 312th Training Squadron emergency medical responder instructor, briefs the civic leaders on the capabilities of manikins that use a Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. Over 90% of fire protection requests will be EMR related, and the HAL manikins provide the students real world emergency training before operational endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Bahr, 312th Training Squadron Special Instruments Training course instructor speaks with San Angelo community leaders and Goodfellow leadership on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. Bahr explained how the hovercraft was designed and build entirely by student innovation, initiative, and with skills and concepts learned from their course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Bahr, 312th Training Squadron Special Instruments Training course instructor speaks with San Angelo community leaders and Goodfellow leadership on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. Bahr explained how the hovercraft was designed and build entirely by student innovation, initiative, and with skills and concepts learned from their course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Reilman, 17th Training Wing commander, and San Angelo civic leaders pose in front of a new partnership charter at the Cressman Dining Facility, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. The partnership charter recommitted Goodfellow and San Angelo’s shared goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ethan Sherwood)

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Reilman, 17th Training Wing commander, and San Angelo civic leaders pose in front of a new partnership charter at the Cressman Dining Facility, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. The partnership charter recommitted Goodfellow and San Angelo’s shared goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ethan Sherwood)

San Angelo civic leaders and Goodfellow Air Force Base leadership pose for a photo in front of the SA-4 Ganef on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. The SA-4 Ganef was a surface to air missile system and is used as a static display to enhance training on base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

San Angelo civic leaders and Goodfellow Air Force Base leadership pose for a photo in front of the SA-4 Ganef on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2021. The SA-4 Ganef was a surface to air missile system and is used as a static display to enhance training on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas-- San Angelo civic leaders experienced Goodfellow Air Force Base’s training mission during a base tour, Aug. 24.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring a group of our civic leaders on base and show off the great work of our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Guardians and Marines,” said 17th Training Wing Public Affairs Community Engagement Section Chief, James Orlando. “For some people, this is the first time they’re taking a base tour and for others it has been a while since they were able to see how we accomplish our mission here at Goodfellow in person.”

The tour was designed to give civic leaders a first-hand experience of Goodfellow’s mission, which is to train, develop and inspire the future force.

“This is a great opportunity for community leaders to come and experience Goodfellow Air Force Base,” said President and CEO of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, Walter Koenig. “We all are excited to be here and to learn more about this great institution that has been a part of our community for so long.”

On the tour, civic leaders listened to a heritage brief, witnessed the rigorous training at the Department of Defense Louis F. Garland Fire Academy, and saw hands-on intelligence training.  

They observed Special Instruments Training, which teaches Airmen the necessary skills to support the U.S.’s primary nuclear weapons detonation and proliferation detection systems, experienced a former Soviet surface to air missile system static display, and conducted a community partnership charter signing ceremony. 

“We have lots of connections with the local community, and letting them see what we do here definitely makes our community relationships that much stronger,” said Master Sgt. Matthew Broussard, 312th Training Squadron DoD Louis F. Garland Fire Academy flight chief. 

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