Retired colonel receives surprise honorary award

U.S. Air Force Col. Charles E. Powell (retired) received an induction to the rank of chief master sergeant, an honorary award bestowed by the highest ranking enlisted at Goodfellow Air Force Base. 

The kick was, no one let Powell in on the induction.

“This wasn’t in the script.” said Powell following the induction.

According to a press release, Powell was selected as an honorary chief because of his service to Goodfellow. He has previously served as 27th commander of GAFB and started a grant program that awards Goodfellow members $500 to further their education.

The chief’s council felt his history with the base and his actions deserved the induction which is one of the highest honors chiefs can bestow on an individual.

Powell’s response to the induction, “Well, now I can say Chief Powell and that feels nice.”