Installation Overview -- Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas


Goodfellow Air Force Base
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Goodfellow Air Force Base is a non-flying United States Air Force base located in San Angelo, Texas. San Angelo is a military-friendly, generally low-cost area located in Tom Green County in central Texas, 4 hours northwest of San Antonio and 4.5 hours southwest of Dallas. The city is home to Angelo State University, historic Fort Concho, many parks and other recretional areas.

As part of Air Education & Training Command (AETC), Goodfellow's main mission is cryptologic and intelligence training for the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Special instruments training and fire protection is taught there as well. The base is named for World War I aviator First Lieutenant John J. Goodfellow, Jr.

Goodfellow AFB has experienced extensive modernization and growth. With the building of new training facilities, dormitories, dining halls, a commissary, a youth center and a physical fitness center, Goodfellow is one of the most modern installations in the Air Force.

Official website for Goodfellow Air Force Base

Location/Driving Directions

San Angelo Regional Airport/Mathis Field is located at the southern edge of San Angelo, TX. The airline code for Mathis Field is SJT. It is a small airport, served by American Eagle Airlines (flights to/from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport) and a Continental Connection (flights to/from Houston Intercontinental Airport).
The base is about 10 miles from the airport. No shuttle service is available; cabs are approximately $20 for 1 passenger with luggage. Avis, Budget, and Hertz car rental companies are located at the airport.

If driving from the airport:
Exit right on Knickerbocker/584 (heading North). Take Knickerbocker to Bryant Avenue (US 87) and take a left. Next, take a right onto Avenue L. Avenue L will turn into Paint Rock Road. Finally, take a right on Kearney Blvd. This is the north gate of Goodfellow AFB. The Angelo Inn is located approximately 1/2 mile down Kearney on the left.

If heading north on US 87:
Take a right on Farm-Market Road 1223 to Goodfellow.

If heading west on US 67 and 277:
Stay on this highway to Loop 306, then take a right on Paint Rock Road to Goodfellow.

If heading south on US 87:
Take a left onto Avenue L. Ave L becomes Paint Rock Road - continue on Paint Rock Road. Shortly after crossing Bell St at the traffic signal the Goodfellow north gate will be on your right.

If heading north on US 67:
Take a right on Loop 306. Follow Loop 306 as it joins South US 87/277. Take the Country Club Road exit (you should see a sign pointing towards Goodfellow). At the stop sign, turn right. Turn right again and proceed across the overpass to a stop sign. Turn left on Christoval Road and proceed to the traffic light (approx 2 mi). Turn right onto Chadbourne St. Proceed about 1 mile; the south gate of Goodfellow AFB will be on the left.

Main Phone Numbers

Senior Airman Jeffery Hart, 17th Training Group, and Airman 1st Class Benjamin Braker, 17th Communications Squadron. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Airman Clayton Lenhardt

Brooks Air Force Base - Base Operator 210-536-1110 DSN: 240-1110

Base Education Center 325-654-3317 DSN: 477-3314

Base Exchange 325-654-3361

Camping Reservations Office 325-944-1012

Child Development Center 325-654-3240 DSN: 477-3240

Dental Clinic 325-654-3050 DSN: 477-3050

Family Child Care Program 325-654-4779 DSN: 477-4779

Family Support Center 325-654-3893/1-866-797-2107 DSN: 477-3893

Goodfellow AFB Clinic 325-654-3149 DSN: 477-3149

Housing Office 325-654-3345/ 325-654-3165 DSN: 477-3345

Lodging (Billeting) 325-654-3332 DSN: 477-3332

Youth Center 325-654-4705 DSN: 477-4705

Population/Major Units Assigned

Airman Basic Tyler Wells drags a rescue dummy 100 feet as part of the fireman's physical training evaluation. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Master Sgt. Lance Cheung

The host unit at Goodfellow AFB is the Air Force's 17th Training Wing, part of Second Air Force (2 AF) of AETC. There are also tenant units of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as a Texas Air National Guard unit, and the 217th Training Squadron (217 TRS). The Army's 344th Military Intelligence Battalion is headquartered at Goodfellow AFB.

Goodfellow AFB is a joint service base and trains over 9,000 students a year from all services. At any given time, there are over 5,000 Military, 800 Civil Service, and 12,000 family members on the installation.

Temporary Lodging

Angelo Inn Entrance. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force


One of the affordable housing areas in the community. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Pinnacle Hunt Communities has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to develop, construct, and manage Goodfellow Air Force Base family housing. During the five-year initial development period, Pinnacle Hunt Communities will build 143 new homes, renovate 96 homes, and maintain two homes that require no renovation for a total end-state of 241 homes. New neighborhood and community recreational facilities will also be built within the family housing areas, including: tot lots and play lots; group picnic/BBQ areas; basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; multi-use trails linking the neighborhoods; a welcome/community center with fitness areas; a softball field; a maintenance/self-help facility; a soccer/multi-purpose field/neighborhood park; and maximization of trees and green space.

At the present time, Goodfellow AFB has one Squadron Officer's Quarters (SOQ) reserved for the Installation Commander. There are 296 enlisted units (duplex and quadplex). Ninety-nine of these units are located on base (Lanham Housing) and 200 leased units are located near Lake Nasworthy. All units are fully carpeted, have central heat/air, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer/dryer connections. There are no Company Grade Officer quarters at Goodfellow.

There is a waiting list for all quarters. The waiting period ranges between 12-36 months, depending on category and bedroom requirements (see chart). It is advisable to submit an advanced application using DD Form 1746 (APPLICATION FOR ASSIGNMENT TO HOUSING). The application may be submitted by mail or FAX. The application needs to be submitted along with PCS orders. The effective date of application is the first of the month prior to the reporting month. For example, if you report anytime in the month of July, your effective date will be 01 June.

Child Care

Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Goodfellow AFB Child Development Center is accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. There are closed circuit TV cameras in all rooms. The Goodfellow CDC is available for children of military, retired military and DoD civilians. Children ages 6 months through Pre-kindergarten are served at the CDC. When demand exceeds space availably, a waiting list is maintained and referrals are made to licensed family child care homes. The CDC is open Monday through Friday, 5:30 am - 6:00 pm.

A reservation system is utilized for hourly care and reservations may be made up to 2 weeks in advance.

A current immunization record and birth certificate or proof of legal military or DoD dependency is required to enter the program. Fees are subsidized with appropriated funds. Families are placed in one of 6 fee categories, based on total family income. Families will be asked to provide their most recent Leave and Earnings statement(s) and/or pay stubs. In accordance with federal guidelines, BAH or in-kind equivalent are added together with earnings to determine the fee category. Fees are reviewed annually in the Fall. Fees range from $56 to $115 per week.

The Hourly Rate for child care $3 per hour, per child with a one hour minimum charge.

The Child Development Center offers Give Parents A Break one Saturday per month for eligible families. The Child Development Center is also open one Saturday per month for "Parents' Night Out" with hourly fees.

Family Child Care (FCC) offers a list of family child care providers residing in military family housing, including Lanham Housing on base, as well as at Lake Nasworthy. You may obtain a list of certified providers at the Child Development Center, Family Child Care Office and from the Airman and Family Readiness Center. For more information about family child care or on becoming a family child care provider, call (325) 654-4779 DSN: 477-4779.

The School Age Program (SAP) program offers children from 5 years (in Kindergarten) to 12 years a wide variety of educational and entertaining experiences with transportation to and from some area schools. Breakfast and snack are provided and the rates are based on family income.


Central High School (Grades 10-12). Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Goodfellow Air Force Base is located in the San Angelo Independent School District (SAISD), 325-947-3700. There are 16 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, a Freshman Campus, and 2 high schools in the SAISD; in addition, there is a discipline alternative campus, Carver Learning Center. Nearby school districts include:

* Wall ISD (325-651-7790)
* Grape Creek ISD (325-658-7823)
* Christoval ISD (325-896-2520)
* Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Families relocating to the area should hand-carry all medical and educational documents so that their child is promptly placed into the appropriate program.

The school year is from MID-AUGUST through LATE MAY.

Students are assigned to schools based on geographic attendance zones established by the district. Residence of the parent/legal guardian is used to determine the attendance zone. To request a transfer to a school other than the one assigned, parent must make a written request and obtain prior approval from the superintendent or designee. When student reassignment is deemed necessary by the superintendent or designee, the parent(s) or guardian of each student reassigned shall be notified individually in writing. (The exception is children enrolled in a Pre-Kindergarten program - Dual-Military and Single-Parent Military personnel who do not reside in the Glenmore Elementary School zone will likely be granted a transfer for their child-apply at time of registration.)

The public school bus service is limited. If students live within one mile of their school, transportation is not provided. Students who live more than one mile from school may need to walk a fair distance to take the school bus. There is no fee for the school bus. There is no transportation for the Pre-Kindergarten program.

Weekly after-school care is available at most of the public elementary schools. This is operated by the YMCA, and parents are charged a weekly fee if their child is registered in this program. A snack is provided and indoor and outdoor activities are planned. The Goodfellow AFB School-Age Program offers before and after school care and provides transportation to/from some of the elementary schools - a weekly fee is charged.

Most private schools in the area are operated through a church, and meet the denomination's accreditation requirements.

Medical Care

Medical and Dental Clinic. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The primary mission of the Goodfellow Clinic (17th Medical Group) is to provide peacetime healthcare to active duty personnel and ensure they are ready for wartime deployments. Active duty members are the first priority of medical services. They are entitled to receive complete treatment.

TRICARE Prime enrollees are the second priority. All other beneficiaries will be treated on a space available basis.

Upon reporting to their new duty station, active duty personnel will report to the TRICARE Service Center to enroll for TRICARE Prime. If family members desire to enroll in TRICARE Prime, they must fill out an application at the TRICARE Service Center.

The clinic is open from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Tuesday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, unless otherwise indicated. For medical appointments, including active duty sick call, call 325-654-3149.

The Clinic is an ambulatory care facility and does not have an emergency room. Life threatening conditions are stabilized for transport to local hospitals.

For authorization for medical care during duty hours, call 325-654-3149; outside of duty hours, call 325-654-3059 - the answering service is tasked to contact on-call providers when needed. TRICARE Enrollees who are enrolled in another area must call the region in which they are enrolled for authorizations outside of their region.

The Dental Clinic serves the active-duty population. Eligible family members are referred off-base. There are many dentists who accept TRICARE Family Member.