Brigadier General Barbara A. Goodwin was chief of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Goodwin was born in 1938, in Philadelphia and graduated from St. Mary's High School, Brookline, Mass., in 1956. She received a nursing diploma from Boston City Hospital School of Nursing in 1959, a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1968 and a master of science degree from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1972. She completed Squadron Officer School in 1973, Air Command and Staff College in 1974, and Air War College in 1977.
In January 1962 General Goodwin joined the Air Force and was assigned as a staff nurse with the obstetrical unit at Otis Air Force Base, Mass. While at Otis, she graduated from Flight Nurse School in May 1963. She was assigned as a clinic nurse and school health nurse, Naha Air Base, Okinawa, in November 1963. In July 1965 she became a clinic staff nurse at the USAF Hospital, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
After receiving her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, General Goodwin was assigned as a flight nurse, training officer, and standardization and evaluation officer with the 2nd and 58th Aeromedical Evacuation squadrons, Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany, until 1971. Her next assignment was at the University of Colorado, where she received her graduate degree in August 1972.
General Goodwin served her first tour with the USAF Medical Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as a charge nurse on the medical unit. In July 1973 she was assigned to Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as clinical nurse specialist and charge nurse, prototype study. She became nursing practice coordinator, surgical units, in July 1974.
Upon completing Air War College in July 1977, General Goodwin was assigned as assistant chief nurse, USAF Regional Hospital Lakenheath, England. In July 1979 she was assigned as administrative staff officer, Office of the Chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. The general then served as chairperson, Department of Nursing, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., starting in July 1983. In October 1984 she became assistant for nursing services, Office of the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, at Scott.
Her military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Training Ribbon.