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Col. Edward G. Goebel Jr. is the commander of the 461st Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He is responsible for the worldwide employment of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft and the Deployable Air Traffic Control and Landing System. The wing trains, mobilizes and deploys combat mission ready aircraft, aircrews and support personnel to designated theaters of operation, and conducts sustained operations providing uninterrupted command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of the joint force commander.

Col. Goebel was a distinguished graduate of AFROTC at the University of South Carolina in 1998. Col. Goebel is a Master Air Battle Manager with more than 2,800 hours in E-3A/B/C/G and E-8C aircraft spanning 355 combat and 370 combat support hours. He has flown and supported numerous operations including Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Joint Guardian, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the vice commander, 461st ACW, Robins AFB, Georgia.

1998 Bachelor of Science in Business Management cum laude, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (Correspondence) 2008 Master of Arts in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
2010 Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Defense, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. 2012 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (Correspondence).
2015 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Fort McNair, Washington DC.

1. July 1998 – July 1999, Student, Undergraduate Air Battle Manager, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
2. Aug. 1999 – May 2002, Air Weapons Officer, Senior Director, Tactics Officer, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
3. June 2002 – April 2003, Instructor SD, Deputy Chief Weapons and Tactics, 621st Air Control Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
4. May 2003 – Dec. 2004, Deputy Chief Training, NATO E-3A Flying Squadron One, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany
5. Jan. 2005 – June 2005, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. July 2005 – June 2006, Deputy Chief Weapons and Tactics, Wing Executive Officer NATO E-3A, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany
7. June 2006 – June 2007, Chief Weapons and Tactics, 960th AACS, Tinker AFB, Okla.
8. July 2007 – Sept. 2008, Instructor SD, Chief Weapons and Tactics, 966th AACS, Tinker AFB, Okla.
9. Oct. 2008 – Aug. 2009, Instructor SD, Chief Operations Group Weapons and Tactics, 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
10. Sept. 2009 – Dec. 2010, Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
11. Jan. 2011 – Oct. 2011, Mission Crew Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 960th AACS, Tinker AFB, Okla.
12. Nov. 2011 – Feb. 2012, MCC, Director of Operations, 964th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, 380 Expeditionary Operations Group, Southwest Asia
13. March 2012 – Apr. 2013, Instructor MCC, Director of Operations, 965th AACS, Tinker AFB, Okla.
14. Apr. 2013 – Apr. 2014, Squadron Commander, Instructor MCC, 968th EAACS, Southwest Asia
15. Aug. 2014 – June 2015, Student, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. July 2015 – June 2017, Division Chief, Future Operations; Deputy Chief, Global Force Management Policy and Process Division, Joint Staff, Norfolk, Va.
17. July 2017 – July 2019, Vice Commander, 461st Air Control Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
18. July 2019 – Present, Commander, 461st ACW, Robins AFB, Ga.

1. July 2015 – June 2017, Deputy Division Chief, Global Force Management Policy and Process Division and Chief, Future Operations Division, J35 South, Norfolk, Va., as a Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel

Rating: Master Air Battle Manager, Basic Parachutist
Flight Hours: more than 2,800
Aircraft Flown: E-3 A/B/C/G and E-8C

Legion of Merit 
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal w/two oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal w/one oak leaf cluster 
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal w/one oak leaf cluster 
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal w/four oak leaf clusters

Second Lieutenant June 7, 1998
First Lieutenant June 7, 2000
Captain June 7, 2002
Major Feb. 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2011
Colonel June 1, 2016

(Current as of August 2019)