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January 14, 2020


MSG Nathan Goodman


Lansing, Illinois


May 10, 1983


January 14, 2020

Entered Service:

July 2002


Nathan deployed eight times — four to Afghanistan, once to Iraq, twice to Africa and once to Kyrgyzstan.


1-27th Infantry Battalion, 19th SFG (A), A Co, 2nd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A)


Basic, Advanced, Senior, and Master Leader Courses; Army Special Operations Forces Senior Noncommissioned Officer Fundamentals Course; Basic and Small Group Instructor Training Courses; Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course; Basic, Jumpmaster and Advanced Tactical Infiltration Military Free Fall Courses; Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course; Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course; and the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator Course.

Awards & Decorations:

Bronze Star Medal (2OLC); Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (3OLC); Army Achievement Medal; Valorous Unit Award (1OLC); Meritorious Unit Citation (2OLC); Army Good Conduct Medal (3OLC); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (four campaign stars); Iraq Campaign Medal (two campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization device; NATO Medal (1OLC); Special Forces Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Parachutist’s Master Rated Military Free Fall Badges.

Survived By:

Nathan Goodman is survived by his wife Kelly, daughter Lilliana, son Ethan, parents Donna and Larry, brothers Dale Betourney, Bret Betourney, Aaron Vis, Jason Vis, Adam Goodman, and sister Davena Goodman.

Master Sergeant Nathan Goodman died in a military freefall training event. Nate was known for his sense of humor, loyalty, reliability, honesty, candor, and desire to help. Nate would do anything to make someone laugh. He told exciting stories, always offered to lend a hand, and easily made life-long friends. His love for his family, adventure, his career, country, skydiving, camping, and teaching his children countless life lessons is indescribable. Nate loved living life to the fullest. Although he passed before we were ready to let him go, he lived more life in the 36 years of his, then most do in 100. The way he died is the way he lived, “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much room” Nate embodied that until the end. Nate is the definition of an American Hero.

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