The Army identified the soldier killed Tuesday in a parachuting accident as Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman, a highly decorated Green Beret who spent nearly 18 years in the military.
Goodman, 36, was killed during a free fall parachuting accident outside Eloy, Arizona. He was an operations team sergeant for the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha. Details surrounding his death remain unclear as the military continues its investigation.
“Nathan was a beloved member of 3rd Special Forces Group and an exceptional leader in the Special Operations community,” said Col. Nathan Prussian, commander, 3rd SFG (A) on Wednesday.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family during this difficult time, and our priority now rests with taking care of them and our soldiers,” he added.
A native of Pasadena, California, Goodman joined the Army on July 23, 2002. He completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was initially assigned to the 27th Infantry Regiment in Hawaii.
Goodman transferred three years later to the Army National Guard and was selected to attend the Special Forces training or “Q course,” which includes some of the most challenging military training. He graduated from the course in October 2007 and was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group, where he served as an engineer sergeant.
Goodman also attended a number of advanced training programs, including the advanced tactical infiltration military free fall course. He also was awarded the master military free fall parachutist badge, denoting expertise in high-altitude jumps.
Returning to active duty in 2010, Goodman eventually became an instructor for 1st Special Warfare Training Group, the Army’s civil affairs, psychological operations, and Special Forces training unit. He deployed eight times in his career: four times to Afghanistan, twice to Africa, once to Iraq, and once to Kyrgyzstan. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and numerous others.