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SALUTING PULASKI COUNTY’S VETERANS

(Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories spotlighting Pulaski County’s military veterans.)

DUBLIN — “I always wanted to be a part of the military,” said Eric Goodman. “There was never another profession which interested me.”
Sure enough, Goodman, a 1981 graduate of Pulaski County High School, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1984 at the age of 20.
Soon after, he attended enlisted basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
For the next eight years, Goodman served as a tactical air controller and was also involved in strategic command and control operations for U.S. Space Command.
During those eight years, he was also stationed at Borfink Bunker, Germany, as a track production supervisor and at Pruem Air Station in Germany as a weapons assignment technician, and then was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Texas with the Tactical Air Control Center Squad, followed by his involvement with strategic command and control operations for U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colo.
Goodman also earned an associate degree of applied science in airway science from Community College of the Air Force in 1990 and a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., in 1992.
From October 1992 to March 1993, Goodman returned to Texas for Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, followed by training in ground combat skills at Fort Dix, N.J., then training at the USAF Security Police Academy at Lackland.
“After graduation from Officer Training School and commissioning, I spent the rest of my career as an anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism officer, serving in a variety of positions and locations,” Goodman said.
During that time, Goodman’s assignments included serving as a flight leader/convoy commander for 321st Missile Security Squad at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, serving as a shift commander/assistant operations officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and as a squad security officer at Grand Forks.
In the spring of 1998, Goodman attended and completed squadron officer school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
Following squadron officer school, Goodman was stationed as an operations officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from May 1998 to August 2000. During that time, from January 1999 to May 1999, he served as an operations officer with the 9th Air Expeditionary Group Security Forces at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.
In August 2000, Goodman again served as an operations officer with the 9th Air Expeditionary Group, but, this time, he was stationed at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia.
When Goodman returned to the U.S., he was stationed at Wright-Patterson, where he served as the chief of installation security from 2001 to 2003, then served as chief of command SF inspections, then as chief of integrated base defense.
Goodman also attended Eastern Kentucky University graduate school, where he studied police administration.
“I served three tours in Southwest Asia (Middle East) supporting Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Goodman said. “My last desert tour was with the U.S. Central Command as the anti-terrorism vulnerability assessment team chief for the Joint Security Directorate. We were located in Baghdad and traveled throughout Iraq conducting assessments and providing protection plans for Coalition and Iraqi Government sites.”
He added, “By the grace of God and bad shooting by the enemy, I left Iraq in one piece. There are many others who weren’t that lucky.”
Throughout his 21 years of military service, Goodman earned a Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, an Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and another Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, along with a Combat Readiness Medal.
Currently, Goodman resides in Beaver Creek, Ohio, and works as an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., which is a global consulting firm.
Goodman lives with his son, Garrett. His daughter, Alea, and her husband, Nick, also live in Beaver Creek.
Goodman’s stepfather, Roy Hubbard (who is a World War II veteran), and his mother, Patricia, live in Dublin.

SALUTING PULASKI COUNTY’S VETERANS

(Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories spotlighting Pulaski County’s military veterans.)

DUBLIN — “I always wanted to be a part of the military,” said Eric Goodman. “There was never another profession which interested me.”
Sure enough, Goodman, a 1981 graduate of Pulaski County High School, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1984 at the age of 20.
Soon after, he attended enlisted basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
For the next eight years, Goodman served as a tactical air controller and was also involved in strategic command and control operations for U.S. Space Command.
During those eight years, he was also stationed at Borfink Bunker, Germany, as a track production supervisor and at Pruem Air Station in Germany as a weapons assignment technician, and then was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Texas with the Tactical Air Control Center Squad, followed by his involvement with strategic command and control operations for U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colo.
Goodman also earned an associate degree of applied science in airway science from Community College of the Air Force in 1990 and a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., in 1992.
From October 1992 to March 1993, Goodman returned to Texas for Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, followed by training in ground combat skills at Fort Dix, N.J., then training at the USAF Security Police Academy at Lackland.
“After graduation from Officer Training School and commissioning, I spent the rest of my career as an anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism officer, serving in a variety of positions and locations,” Goodman said.
During that time, Goodman’s assignments included serving as a flight leader/convoy commander for 321st Missile Security Squad at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, serving as a shift commander/assistant operations officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and as a squad security officer at Grand Forks.
In the spring of 1998, Goodman attended and completed squadron officer school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
Following squadron officer school, Goodman was stationed as an operations officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from May 1998 to August 2000. During that time, from January 1999 to May 1999, he served as an operations officer with the 9th Air Expeditionary Group Security Forces at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.
In August 2000, Goodman again served as an operations officer with the 9th Air Expeditionary Group, but, this time, he was stationed at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia.
When Goodman returned to the U.S., he was stationed at Wright-Patterson, where he served as the chief of installation security from 2001 to 2003, then served as chief of command SF inspections, then as chief of integrated base defense.
Goodman also attended Eastern Kentucky University graduate school, where he studied police administration.
“I served three tours in Southwest Asia (Middle East) supporting Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Goodman said. “My last desert tour was with the U.S. Central Command as the anti-terrorism vulnerability assessment team chief for the Joint Security Directorate. We were located in Baghdad and traveled throughout Iraq conducting assessments and providing protection plans for Coalition and Iraqi Government sites.”
He added, “By the grace of God and bad shooting by the enemy, I left Iraq in one piece. There are many others who weren’t that lucky.”
Throughout his 21 years of military service, Goodman earned a Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, an Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and another Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, along with a Combat Readiness Medal.
Currently, Goodman resides in Beaver Creek, Ohio, and works as an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., which is a global consulting firm.
Goodman lives with his son, Garrett. His daughter, Alea, and her husband, Nick, also live in Beaver Creek.
Goodman’s stepfather, Roy Hubbard (who is a World War II veteran), and his mother, Patricia, live in Dublin.