A leadership delegation sponsored by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce traveled to Washington, D.C., in November to speak to Pentagon officials and Texas Senate and Congressional leaders on current operations and future needs at Goodfellow Air Force Base.
“Our meetings served as a great opportunity to showcase the exceptional and important training Goodfellow provides to more than 14,000 Air Force, Army, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard personnel each year,” said Alvin New, chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, in a press release. “In addition to firefighter training, Goodfellow plays a critical intelligence training role for all our branches of service and it was our goal to remind our military and elected representatives of that importance.”
Along with New, the Chamber’s delegation included Dr. Carol Ann Bonds, former superintendent of the San Angelo Independent School District and chair of the Chamber’s Military Relations Committee; Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, United States Air Force (retired); Chamber board of directors chair Jamie Akin; Tom Green County Judge Steve Floyd; and Chamber President Dan Koenig.
The delegation’s meetings with Pentagon officials included five separate meetings with:
- USAF Under-Secretary of Defense
- Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Reconnaissance
- USAF Deputy Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment and Logistics
- Assistance Deputy Under-Secretary for International Affairs
- USMC Director of Intelligence
The topics and issues presented by the delegation included the need for more dormitory rooms, classroom training space, enhanced fiber-optic telecommunications infrastructure, cyber and electromagnetic spectrum training and Goodfellow’s role in providing intelligence training for the F-35 fighter aircraft.
In addition to meetings with Pentagon officials, the delegation also met with staff from the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Conway, Rep. Kay Granger, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn.