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Brigadier General Wilfred L. Goodson:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired Nov. 1, 1985.  
Brigadier General Wilfred L. Goodson is the assistant chief of staff, studies and analyses and commander of the Air Force Center for Studies and Analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Goodson was born in 1939, in McAlester, Okla., and graduated from McAlester High School in 1956. He received a bachelor of science degree in basic sciences and engineering sciences, and was commissioned a second lieutenant following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., in 1960. An Olmstead Scholar, he began his study at the Defense Language School, Washington, D.C., in February 1964, and in September of that year moved to Germany and entered the University of Heidelberg where he received his doctorate in theoretical astrophysics in 1966. He graduated from the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1975.
Entering active duty in August 1960, General Goodson attended primary pilot training at Moore Air Base, Texas, and basic pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. From September 1961 to September 1962, he completed F-100 gunnery training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In October 1962 he transferred to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., for duty as an F-100 pilot with the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron and while there was selected for the Olmstead Scholar program.
Upon conclusion of his studies in January 1967, he transferred to Headquarters 7th Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, as duty controller at the Tactical Air Control Center. The following June he moved to Bien Hoa Air Base with the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron and flew 128 combat missions in F-100s.
In January 1968 General Goodson was assigned to Air Force headquarters, where he served as operations research scientist, Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Studies and Analysis. He began his association with F-111 tactical fighters at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in May 1972. He served initially as an F-111 fighter pilot with the 391st Tactical Fighter Squadron and then as operations officer for the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Following graduation from the National War College in July 1975, General Goodson was appointed assistant deputy commander for operations with the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. In August 1976 he became the wing's deputy commander for operations.
He served as assistant to the commander of Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., from August 1977 to August 1979. In September 1979 he returned to Air Force headquarters as assistant deputy director for force capability integration within the Directorate of Plans, and, in September 1980, he become the assistant deputy director for force development. He was assigned as commander of the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon Air Base, Spain, from May 1981 to January 1982 when he moved to Hahn Air Base, Germany, as commander of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing. In October 1982 he became deputy chief of staff for plans, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He assumed his present position in September 1983.
The general is a senior pilot with 2,500 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.
He was promoted to brigadier general Nov. 1, 1982, with date of rank Oct. 1, 1982.
General Goodson's hometown is McAlester, Okla.


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