Title: InSIDer's View of History: Resourceful NCOs at Goodfellow

Release Date: 2016-12-07

Document Date: 2004-05-13

Description: A funny anecdote about over-preparing for a general's visit.

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(U) InSIDer's View of History : Resourceful NCOs at Goodfellow
FROM: CMSgt (select) Suzan Sangster, USAF
Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Office of China & Korea
Run Date: 05/13/2004
FROM: CMSgt (select) Suzan Sangster, USAF
Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Office of China & Korea
(U) Here's a story to commemorate Armed Forces Week:
(U) In 1987, I was assigned to Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas.
Then, as now, Chinese and Korean linguists were in high demand.
Due to the mission rigors in Korea, people in these career fields
were rotated back to Korea approximately every 12 - 14 months
(much like it is now). Within the Air Force assignment system, once
you complete a short tour you are assigned back to the United
States, so many Chinese and Korean linguists found themselves
assigned to Goodfellow AFB to assist in "curriculum development."
(U) Curriculum development -- i.e. support to intelligence training - encompassed everything from vault monitors and secure area
management (weeds & seeds/burn/mulch operator) to building
managers. As a Secure Area Manager, I recall many occasions of
being covered in a white powdery substance while trying to
"unclog" the two-story mulching machine. Needless to say, it
wasn't what I had envisioned as a young Chinese Linguist but it
gave me an incredible appreciation of the resourcefulness of the
fellow NCOs (Non-commissioned Officers) I worked with.
(U) A classic example was the impending visit of General Lawrence
Oaks, the Air Force Commander of the Air Education Training
Commander (AETC). This was General Oaks' first visit to
Goodfellow AFB, so the base commander wanted to make a good
impression. General Oaks liked the color brown, so everything was
painted brown, the rocks along the main gate, the building walls,
even the mail boxes (much to the postmaster's dismay). On a side
note: we also painted the brown grass green.
(U) Finally, the big day arrived. The commanders from the entire
base gathered in front of the Entry Control Point to escort the
General through the secure area. Col James O'Brien, Wing
Commander, noticed the doormat leading into Building 519 was
"not suitable for a General." Immediately, Secure Area Managers
Sgt Terry Wilson and Sgt Bob Raley (both Chinese Linguists)
sprang into action. Placing airmen at strategic points along the
general's route to provide situational awareness, the two NCOs
grabbed the brand-new doormat from the Wing Commander's
entrance, moved it to the main entrance and continued to move
the mat throughout the General's visit, based on the intelligence
gleaned from the forward-deployed airmen.
(U) Having been deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert
Calm/Operation Southern Watch, and in a variety of operational
situations, I do not think I have seen a better use of intelligence.
The information was timely, accurate, and actionable. The
integration of SIGINT, HUMINT, and IMINT would make an Air

SERIES:
(U) InSIDer's View of
History '04
1. InSIDer's View of
History ... A Lesson
in Personal
Accountability
2. InSIDer's View of
History : How a Four
Star General Once
Waited for a Lowly
Captain to Finish
Eating Lunch
3. InSIDer's View of
History : In SHAPE,
In France
4. InSIDer's View of
History : 'Soviet
Rocket' Strikes
Chicksands
5. InSIDer's View of
History: Onboard Air
Force Two Bound for
Moscow
6. InSIDer's View of
History : Testifying
Before Congress...
Who Turned Out the
Lights?
7. InSIDer's View of
History : Resourceful
NCOs at Goodfellow
8. InSIDer's View of
History : Desert One
- The Iranian
Hostage Rescue
Mission
9. InSIDer's View of
History : SIGINT
Appearing in the
Press
10. InSIDer's View of
History : Meeting
President Reagan
11. InSIDer's View of
History : 'Local
Support' as Stress
Management

Operations Commander's eyes water. Needless to say, the
General's visit was a great success and I gained an incredible
lesson in the resourcefulness NCOs.
(U//FOUO) See other editions of InSIDer's View of History :
A Lesson in Personal Accountability
How a Four Star General Once Waited for a Lowly Captain to
Finish Eating Lunch
In SHAPE, In France
"Soviet Rocket" Strikes Chicksands
Onboard Air Force 2 Bound for Moscow
Testifying Before Congress... Who Turned Out the Lights?

12. In SID er's View of
History : Quite a
Welcome!
13. In SID er's View of
History : The
Adventure Continues
-- Evacuation from
Belgrade

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