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Honorary Commanders learn the mission of the 17th Mission Support Group

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  • By Airman 1st Class Zachary Heimbuch
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

The 17th Training Wing Honorary Commanders experienced the mission of the 17th Mission Support Group.

The mission of the MSG is to guarantee mission excellence by empowering Airmen and outpacing changes around the world.

“This tour showcases what we as the MSG do to help the wing complete its mission,” said Chief Derrick Sherrod, 17th MSG senior enlisted leader. “But more than that; it gives us the opportunity to reach out to our community partners.”

The 17th MSG includes the 17th Security Forces Squadron, which provides an unparalleled defense to Goodfellow by ensuring base safety, providing weapons training, and conducting agile operations across the globe. 

“These immersions give us the opportunity to know more about not just the mission but the personnel behind the mission,” said 17th Training Wing Honorary Commander, Floe Leos Madero. “The knowledge we gain allows us as community leaders to better speak on and support the mission.”

The Honorary Commanders immersed themselves in the base fire department, including a hands-on demonstration of the tools the fire department uses to save lives in a multitude of situations such as the Jaws of Life.

Afterward, the Honorary Commanders visited the Mathis Fitness Center and the surrounding fitness complex. The newest addition to the Mathis Fitness Center; the open-air fitness area allows members to exercise in an outdoor covered area throughout the day.

The tour ended with the Honorary Commanders exploring the Emergency Response Trailers which can be used in a multitude of situations. Members were able to don hazardous materials protective equipment and view some of the tools that can be used in a variety of crises.