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Dr. Kelly M. Goodin promoted to Navy captain


Dr. Kelly M. Goodin was elevated to the rank of captain, at a ceremony held in front of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Italy on Oct.10.

Her brother, Air Force Col. Retired, Jerry Goodin had the honor of reading the oath of office to Kelly with fellow officers and troops at attention, flags flying, family and friends in attendance.

Kelly Goodin grew up in Chalfont. She attended Saint Jude and Unami schools, and graduated in 1978 from Central Bucks West high school.

She began her military career with the Army at Fort McClellan, Ala., and attended combat medic and radiologic technician training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She served at Gorgas Hospital in Panama and attended Creighton University in Omaha as an ROTC cadet.

After achieving the rank of lieutenant in the Army, she earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Columbia University, she continued her military commitment with the U.S. Navy. Among many other assignments she has done a tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Kelly Goodin is currently director of dental s;ervices and dento-alveolar surgeon at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Sigonella, Italy.

Jerry Goodin, a merit scholar and also a Central Bucks West graduate is an Air Force Academy graduate. Among many other tours he served as an advisor to the 18th Air Force Commander at Scott Air Force Base. He provided a link between the National Guard Air Forces and the air transportation network supporting military and humanitarian operations and all continents of the world.

Col. Goodin retired with 4400 total flying hours. He is now a pilot for American Airlines flying the Boeing 737.

The officers’ late father, Major James R, Goodin, was a 23-year officer in the Air Force Reserve.

Capt Kelly Goodin follows in the path of many military service members in the Goodin family, which stretches back to World War I, when one of her uncles was lost at sea.

Col. Jerry Goodin traveled from his home in Miami to be at the historical event of his sister’s promotion, which took place in Sicily.

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