The replica EC-47 "Electric Goon" on display in front of the 17th Training Wing Headquarters at Goodfellow AFB since 2005 stands in tribute to the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission that has been the base’s focus since 1958. During the Vietnam War hundreds of U.S. Air Force Security Service personnel trained at Goodfellow for the EC-47's Airborne Radio Direction Finding mission before deploying to bases in Southeast Asia.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA), San Angelo's FTVA Heritage Chapter will sponsor a significant upgrade to the display, scheduled to be dedicated during the nationwide celbration of Vietnam Veterans Day in March, 2020. The display, consisting of nearly a thousand concrete paving blocks arranged as shown in the schematic below, will honor veterans of all service branches and all time periods.. (Click the diagram for larger image.)
Pavers will be available in two sizes and styles, as shown above right. (Click the bricks for larger image.) A $50 contribution will memorialize a veteran with a 4 X 8 paver, or donate $100 for the 8 X 8 size. Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details and order forms, visit vietnam50thccp.com/pavers. Be sure to pencil in the weekend of 29 March 2020 on your calendar, and check back often for updates on the dedication ceremony.
Meanwhile, the entire website content can be accessed by clicking on any of the bars on the left of the screen. And the legacy site is right where it's always been. Just stow the gear pins, click on the streamer, and take off !