Flaco Guapo Media
written by Mikaela Oliver, ASU Intern

On Tuesday, July 1, Goodfellow members gathered at Goodfellow’s Norma Brown Plaza to celebrate the history and heritage of Goodfellow Air Force Base.

The day recognized Goodfellow’s 80th anniversary, the 90th anniversary of the 17th Pursuit Group, and the 28th activation of the 17th Training Wing.  

The history of Goodfellow dates back to August 17, 1940. On May 27, 1941, Goodfellow Air Field was renamed Goodfellow to honor 1st Lt. John J. Goodfellow Jr, a local World War I aviator who was killed in combat in 1918.

Master Sgt. Corey Goodfellow, a distant relative of 1st Lt. John J. Goodfellow Jr., gave a short speech at the event and what it means to him personally.

“I believe it’s very important for events like this to be celebrated and I am very happy to be here,” said Goodfellow. “I am forever grateful.”

Col. James Finlayson, 17th Training Wing vice commander, presented Goodfellow with the 17th Training Wing coin for playing such an important role in the day’s ceremony.