Goodfellow AFB to Open an Islamic Mosque
SAN ANGELO, TX — Goodfellow Air Force Base announced today via a press release that a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled on June 23 at 11:30 a.m. for the grand opening of an Islamic mosque for active duty military and foreign military students who are practicing Muslims.
We called the 17 TRW Public Affairs office to confirm this and talked to Robert Martinez, GS-12, this afternoon. He confirmed a mosque was opening on Goodfellow AFB.
Goodfellow AFB currently offers no services for the Islamic faith. Taylor Chapel, the 17 TRW Chapel, is shared by Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons. Martinez did not elaborate on the Islamic facility, other than to confirm the ribbon cutting later this month.
The absence of existing Islamic worship services listed on the Goodfellow AFB website begs the question of why a separate mosque facility is needed? “The opening of the mosque on Goodfellow is a prime example of the Air Force’s determination to provide religious freedom and accommodations to all Airmen,” the base press release stated.
There are no mosques located in San Angelo.
Lackland AFB, also a training base and located in San Antonio, has a mosque, called the masjid at the DLI Students' Center. It serves the international students on Lackland AFB and a handful of Muslim U.S. military members.
As part of its mission, international students from allied foreign countries train at Goodfellow AFB.