Mr. Aaron D. Goodman is originally from Bloomington, IL and joined the Army in 1995 at the age of 17 immediately after high school graduation in Asheville, North Carolina to be a Technical Engineering Specialist (51T). While on active duty Aaron had the opportunity to travel the world and work on many exciting and diverse engineering projects both overseas in places like Bosnia, Croatia, and Germany to state side at Fort Eustis. Following 5 years of active duty, Aaron completed his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 and then began his civilian career with the Army in 2004.
Mr. Goodman was selected as the Garrison Manager for Dugway Proving Ground in August, 2016. Aaron worked his way up from a Family and MWR Management Trainee through all levels of FMWR Management to become a Director of Family and MWR in 10 years. Leveraging his engineering, business, and municipal recreation background, Aaron has been at the forefront of challenging assignments across the globe from developing and executing multi-million dollar improvements and comprehensive business strategies in Outdoor Recreation at Fort Campbell to leading the largest and most complex FMWR Multi-Facility MILCON and Operational Development in Vicenza, Italy. More recently at Dugway, Aaron also personally developed Dugway’s first S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Partnership and learning framework on Dugway between the West Desert Test Center and the Dugway School.
Mr. Goodman has served in a variety of increasingly complex management positions which include: Acting Deputy Garrison Manager, USAG Dugway, UT / Director, Family and MWR, USAG Dugway, UT / Community Recreation Officer, USAG Vicenza, Italy/ Director, Outdoor Recreation, Fort Campbell, KY/ FMWR Programs Manager, Fort Jackson, SC/ FMWR, USACFSC NAF Management Trainee (Outdoor Recreation), Fort Lewis, WA/FMWR-Outdoor Recreation.
Mr. Goodman holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services (Concentration: Outdoor Recreation) from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Management from Austin Peay State University. Mr. Goodman is an honors graduate from both programs.
Mr. Goodman’s significant awards include: 2012 Best Community Recreation Program in the Army (Medium Garrison), USAG Vicenza, 2007 / Best Outdoor Recreation Program in the Army, Fort Campbell, KY, 2007 / U.S. Army Recreation Employee of the Year, 2007 / U.S. Army Southeast Region Recreation Employee of the Year, 2007 / Leadership Ft. Campbell Emerging Leader of the Year, 2006 / NRPA Armed Forces Recreation Society John “Pat” Harden Practitioner Award / 1999 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 765th Battalion Ft. Eustis / Founding Member and First President of Rho Phi Lambda Recreation Honor Society (MTSU Chapter) / 2 Army Achievement Medals for Civilian Service, and 2 Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service.