Colonel Goodwin entered the USAF one week out of high school. During Vietnam in 1966/1967, he was a fighter pilot, flying over 100 missions over North Vietnam, and 25 over Laos and Cambodia. A member of the 384 Tactical Fighter Wing, 34 Tactical Fighter Squadron, he piloted the F105 fighter bombers. He was stationed primarily in Korat, Thialand during the war. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and eleven air medals. Throughout his 29 years in the air force, he has accumulated 4,000 hours of fighter time, and 2,000 hours transport, and 1,000 in various other aircraft.