Colonel Richard E. Goodman II is currently serving as the Commander of the 5th Mission Support Group, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Col Goodman leads six squadrons providing full spectrum operational and expeditionary support to the 5th Bomb Wing's 27 B-52 strategic bombers, the 91st Missile Wing's 165 Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic missiles and Launch control centers and the 54th Helicopter Squadron’s eight UH-1 helicopters delivering global assurance, precision strike and nuclear deterrence to six combatant commanders. Col Goodman trains, organizes and equips 1,900 combat-ready Warrior Airmen poised to strike when ordered. He plans, operates, and maintains base and missile field assets worth $4.3B in the Air Force’s only base housing two legs of the nuclear triad. He secures, protects, and bolsters morale and welfare for over 12,400 Airmen and families.
Colonel Goodman served as the Chief Scientist of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and the primary science and technology advisor to the Commander in direct support of Air Force Global Strike Command. He was also the Laboratory Director for the Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory, Air Force Technical Applications Center, where he led operations of the Air Force’s only nuclear radiochemistry laboratory, providing analysis of trace and low activity nuclear debris samples in support of nuclear treaty monitoring. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commander of the 509th Mission Support Group where he provided leadership for six squadrons of more than 1,800 personnel in the Air Force’s only B-2 wing. He served as Deputy Chief, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Division; Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) on the Joint Staff, where he led day-to-day staff actions for 22 Action Officers charged with developing military strategy and policy guidance for International Negotiations, Nuclear Policy, and Combating WMD. He led the Joint Staff negotiations and implementation of bilateral, regional, and international nuclear and WMD treaties and agreements on behalf of the United States. Colonel Goodman was responsible for drafting and negotiating major portions of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the Russian Federation and served as the Joint Chief of Staff’s representative to the Inter-Agency working group responsible for drafting the ratification package signed by the President and ratified by the United States Senate.
Colonel Goodman received his commission through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Virginia Military Institute. He has commanded at the Detachment, Squadron, Group, and Combat Task Force levels. He has served in Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Force Space Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Material Command, the Air Force Technical Applications Center, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, United States Strategic Command, United States Central Command, United States Special Operations Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Air Staff, and the Joint Staff.
Colonel Goodman wears the Master Space and Missile Operations badge, the Master Acquisitions and Financial Management badge, and the Missile Operations Badge. He is a fully qualified Joint Service Officer. His combat deployments include Officer in Charge, Task Force 189; Operation Iraqi Freedom and Deputy Commander, 466th Air Expeditionary Group; Operation Enduring Freedom.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.
Squadron Officers School (in-residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Master of Science Degree in Space Studies, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Master of Science Degree in Strategic Intelligence, Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. (IDE in-residence)
Air War College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Joint and Combined Warfighting School (in-residence), Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy, and Proliferation; Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
February 1994–May 1994: Student, Undergraduate Missile Training, 392nd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
May 1994–October 1996: Peacekeeper Combat Crew Commander - Instructor/Evaluator, 400th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
November 1996–June 1998: Peacekeeper Missile Combat Crew Commander Instructor/Evaluator and later Chief, Simulator Courseware Development, 90th Operations Support Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
July 1998–June 2001: Chief, Nuclear Analysis Team, Joint Intelligence Center (JIC), Headquarters United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
July 2001–July 2003: Monitoring Operations Officer (WC-135 “Constant Phoenix”) and later Chief, Laboratory Management Branch, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
August 2003–August 2005: Commander, Detachment 46, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Schriever AFB, Colo.
August 2005–May 2006: Student, Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
June 2006-June 2008: Commander, Force Support Squadron, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington D.C.
* January 2008–June 2008: Officer in Charge (OIC), Task Force 189, Multi-National Corps Iraq/Kuwait; Baghdad, Iraq / Ali Al Salem, Kuwait.
June 2008–June 2009: Mission Commander, Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.
June 2009–June 2010: Treaty Negotiator; Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Geneva, Switzerland / Moscow, Russian Federation / Pentagon, Washington D.C.
June 2010–November 2010: Chief, Nuclear and WMD Treaties Branch; Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5); the Joint Staff; Pentagon, Washington D.C.
November 2010–March 2011: Battle Captain, National Military Command Center, Operations Directorate (J-3); the Joint Staff; Pentagon, Washington D.C.
March 2011–October 2012: Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Strategic Stability; Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5); the Joint Staff; Pentagon, Washington D.C.
October 2012–June 2013: Deputy Chief, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division; Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5); the Joint Staff; Pentagon, Washington D.C.
June 2013–December 2014: Deputy Commander, 509th Mission Support Group; Whiteman AFB, Mo.
* March 2014–October 2014: Deputy Commander, 466th Air Expeditionary Group; Afghanistan / Al Udeid, Qatar.
December 2014–June 2017: Laboratory Director, Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory & Harkins Laboratory, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
June 2017–June 2018: Chief Scientist, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center; Kirtland AFB, N.M.
June 2018–Present: Commander, 5th Mission Support Group; Minot AFB, N.D.
* Combat Deployments
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2008–June 2009: Mission Commander, Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START); Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a lieutenant colonel
2. June 2009–June 2013: Various positions culminating as Deputy Chief, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division; Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5); the Joint Staff; Pentagon, Washington D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Boarder and one oak leaf cluster
Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Service Star
Combat Readiness Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” device and two oak leaf clusters
Volunteer Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (one device)
NATO Medal (ISAF)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant September 28, 1993
First Lieutenant September 28, 1995
Captain September 28, 1997
Major February 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 2009
Colonel May 1, 2015
(Current as of Nov 2018)