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Brigadier General Kristin Goodwin

Commandant of Cadets

Cadet Wing

Brigadier General Kristin E. Goodwin
Contact Information

(719) 333-7731

Bio

Brigadier General Kristin E. Goodwin is the Commandant of Cadets, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. She commands the 4,000-member Cadet Wing and more than 200 Air Force and civilian support personnel. Her responsibilities include character and leadership development, military training, supervising cadet life activities, and providing support to facilities and logistics.

General Goodwin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned her pilot wings in 1995 from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. She served in various assignments as a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours in multiple aircraft platforms to include the B-52, B-2, EC-130, C-130, T-38, T-1, and T-37. General Goodwin commanded the 509th Operations Support Squadron and the 2d Bomb Wing, leading the B-52 back into combat for the first time in a decade. The General also oversaw the incorporation of the B-2 into theater operational plans while integrating policies, standards and procedures for B-2 training and combat employment. She was part of the planning team for night one of the “shock and awe” air strike campaign during Operation Iraqi Freedom and led the planning of air operations for night one of Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya. Additionally, General Goodwin was a National Defense Fellow and served as a pacific region Political Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in the Bangkok Embassy, Thailand, addressing counter-insurgency, port security, and refugee issues. General Goodwin was hand-selected as the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) Commander’s Action Group Deputy Director, and was responsible to the USPACOM Commander for development of strategic concepts, theater engagement planning with regional leaders, and annual congressional testimony. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy (1993)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (1999)

Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Management, George Washington University (2001)

Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence (2005)

Near East Asia/ Near East/ North Africa/ China Seminar Courses, U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute (2006)

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies: Executive Course (2007)

Air Command and Staff College, POLAD Fellowship (2007)

Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence (2007)

Air Force Fellow (SDE), Center for Strategic and International Studies Think Tank (2013)

Professional Experience

Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, Professional Military Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy (1993-1994)

Student Pilot, T-37 / T-1, Laughlin AFB (1994-1995)

Student, Lead-In C-130 Training, Little Rock AFB (1995)

EC-130H Aircraft Commander, Mobility Officer, Squadron Standardization and Evaluation Liaison Officer, Scheduler, 41st Electronic Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB (1995-1998)

Group Operations Executive Officer; EC-130 Instructor Pilot in Compass Call and Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center, 355th Operations Group, Davis-Monthan AFB (1998-1999)

AF Intern Program, SAF/AA and CJCS/LA offices, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (1999-2001)

B-2 Initial Qualification; T-38 Pilot, 394th Combat Training Squadron, Whiteman AFB (2001-2002)

Flight Commander; Chief of Scheduling; B-2 Mission Commander; T-38 Pilot, 325th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB (2002-2004)

Chief, Wing Scheduling; B-2 Instructor Pilot; T-38 Pilot, 509th Operations Support Squadron, Whiteman AFB (2004-2005)

Assistant Director of Operations; Chief, Wing Combat Plans; B-2 Instructor Pilot; T-38 Pilot, 509th Operations Support Squadron, Whiteman AFB (2005-2006)

National Defense Fellow, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (2006-2007)

Deputy Director, US Pacific Command Commander’s Action Group, Camp Smith (2007-2009)

Director of Operations 393d Bomb Squadron; B-2 Evaluator Pilot, Whiteman AFB (2009-2010)

Commander, 509th Operational Support Squadron; B-2 Evaluator Pilot, Whiteman AFB (2010-2011)

Executive Officer to Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB (2011-2012)

AF Fellowship, Center for Strategic and International Studies Think Tank (2012-2013)

Vice Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB (2013-2014)

Commander, 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB (2014-2016)

Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon (2016-2017)

Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy (2017-Present)

Honors & Awards

Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with three oak leaf clusters

AF Organizational Excellence Award

Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N’ Device and three oak leaf clusters

NATO Medal