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Captain Craig Goodman
Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Captain Craig Goodman

After completing flight school and receiving his aviation wings of gold, CAPT Goodman reported to Patrol Squadron 4, at Barbers Point, HI, where he completed deployments to the Indian Ocean and the western and northern Pacific.

Following his first squadron tour, Captain Goodman reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research.  After graduation, he completed Department Head tours in both Patrol Squadrons 68 and 65. Captain Goodman reported to Patrol Squadron 65 as Executive Officer in December 1997 and assumed duties as Commanding Officer, in December 1998.  During his XO and CO tours the squadron was awarded the Battle Efficiency, Golden Wrench, Ordnance Excellence, CNO Aviation Safety and Golden Anchor Retention Awards.

Following his aviation command tour, Captain Goodman was assigned to numerous staff positions involved with information technology, cyber operations and acquisition program management.  His first assignment was with the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Program Office, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command where he served as an Assistant Program Manager.  He was then assigned to Program Executive Office C4I, Communications Program Office, PMW/A 170 and served as the Assistant Program Manager, SHF Satellite Communications System, and Director of Operations.  As Director of Operations, he was responsible for supporting the fleet requirements for all Navy communications programs.  Next, he was assigned to Naval Network Warfare Command as the Assistant Program Manager for Cyber Asset Reduction and Security, with responsibility of improving information technology efficiencies and security across the Navy.

Captain Goodman then served on the staff of Commander Carrier Strike Group 7 on board the USS Ronald Reagan, CVN 76.  He was then assigned to Office of Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, where he managed and led the Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness, Capabilities Based Assessment.  Next he was the Director C4I, J6, United States Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base Japan and served as the J6 for Operation Tomodachi, the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief effort, following the 2011 Tohoku 10.0 earthquake and tsunami.  Prior to his current assignment, he was the N6, Commander Naval Air Forces, responsible for managing IT, communications cyber operations and security activities for 11 Aircraft Carriers, 10 Carrier Air Wings and over 190 aviation commands, servicing a user base of over 100,000 people.

Captain Goodman is a Navy Information Professional and designated an Information Dominance Warfare Officer, DAWIA Level III certified in Acquisition Program Management, Defense Acquisition Corps member, certified as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) by (ISC)2 and a Master Lean Six Sigma Black Belt by Villanova University and the American Society of Quality.

Captain Goodman’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards).


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