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Goodfellow Air Force Base welcomes new 17th Training Group commander

Col. Angelina Maguinness relinquished command of the 17th Training Group to Col. Jason Kulchar Thursday morning.
Credit: Esmeralda Perez

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A change of command ceremony was held Thursday to bid farewell and thank Col. Angelina Maguinness  for her time as the 17th Training Group commander at Goodfellow Air Force Base. It was also a time to welcome new commander, Col. Jason Kulchar.

“Raiders, serving as your commander has been the honor of my military career and I will miss you. I am so proud to have been part of your team for the past two years and I leave today with a deter gratitude,” Maguinness  said. 

Each term as a training commander is two years - they supervise instructors, students and training at Goodfellow.

During her term, Maguinness accomplished a significant amount of merits including directing joint technical training of intelligence professionals and she secured $3.5 million in new equipment for the world’s largest fire academy.

“Today is truly a special event this marks the last of nine change of command ceremonies  across the 17th training wing this year and the wing we celebrate these as a continuity of command not just change. Colonel Kulchar will harness the momentum that Colonel McGuiness built in her time of command,” GAFB 17th Training Wing and Installation Commander, Col. Matthew Reilman, said. 

Goodfellow welcomed the new 17th Training Group Commander Col. Jason Kulchar, who previously served in the Pentagon as Chief of ISR and Cyber Transformation, as well as driving diversity and inclusion for the air staff into the 17th Group and Wing. 

“To the men and women of the 17th training group, I’m thrilled to be on your team. My promise to you I will leave at the front be visible and move clearly, communicate our groups guidance, vision and direction. Together we will build upon your incredible accomplishments over the past two years,” Kulchar said. 

Kulchar will begin his two-year term being responsible for all firefighting and intelligence training at Goodfellow and Maguinness  will start her new journey with the 16th Air Force in San Antonio. 

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