Missions Change but Goodfellow AFB Sustains Armed Forces Training for 75 Years

first_imgSince starting out as San Angelo Air Corps Basic Flying School in 1941, Goodfellow Air Force Base has hosted an evolving roster of training missions.For its first 18 years, the central Texas base trained U.S. and foreign pilots, reported the Standard-Times. In 1958, Goodfellow’s mission changed to cryptologic intelligence training for the Air Force, a responsibility which eventually encompassed all four military services. In the 1980s, the base was selected to host all Air Force managed intelligence training and it was designated a technical training center.“Our mission here has probably gotten increasingly important,” said Master Sgt. Justin Pitassi, course chief for the Distributed Common Ground System formal training unit. “It’s always been important, but more so with the whole global war on terrorism and the counter insurgency mission we’ve been supporting,” Pitassi said.The installation began training Air Force and Army personnel in fire protection in 1977. In 1993, the Air Force activated the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow, the same year fire training was shifted from Chanute AFB, Ill., to Goodfellow. Marine Corps students began training there in 1995, and the Navy became the last of the services to join the joint fire protection training program in 1999.Goodfellow also provides intelligence and fire protection courses to students from 40 allied nations. In 2014, nearly 14,000 students graduated from more than 129 courses, according to the story.For one instructor at Goodfellow, the base’s training missions are every bit as important as the service’s operational missions.“It’s my opinion that training is the most important thing that we do every day because training if it’s done right, if I do it right it will last long beyond my career,” said Master Sgt. Michael Champion, noncommissioned officer in charge, fire officer for two of the installation’s courses. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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