About Greg Goode – Biography
Greg Goode, born in Kansas City, second of 12 children, spent his childhood near his grandfather’s family farm in Shawnee. At 15, the family, then 11 children, moved to a rural Louisburg 3-bedroom farmstead. Continuing the Goode family farming tradition, Greg learned the art of hard work; milking by hand and helping with cattle, hogs, hay and row crops. These early years gave him foundational values of hard work, independent and personal responsibility fostered by a strong family life all within the essential Christian doctrine provided by the Catholic faith….work hard and do the right thing.
Bolstered by Catholic Education from Saint Joseph Elementary School in Shawnee, Saint Thomas More Prep and Rockhurst High School, Greg was prepared to begin his military service as a US Army Private, and shipped to Fort Knox, Kentucky, home of the US Army Tank Corps, five days after his 18thbirthday.
While an enlisted Soldier, Greg’s hard work and demonstrated leadership abilities were obvious to those he served with and he quickly rose through the ranks of the US Army Tank Corps to become a Staff Sergeant at the age of 23. He completed two tours in then West Germany guarding the East/West German border, proving that borders can and must be defended.
Pursuing night classes Greg completed an Associate Degree, the first step in fulfilling a promise made to his parents that he would complete college. He was then awarded a ROTC Scholarship to Texas Christian University, discharged from the US Army to accept the scholarship and moved his family to Fort Worth.
At Texas Christian University, Greg was one of the top 5 graduates in the Regional ROTC competition. After graduating, the US Army commissioned him as a 2ndLieutenant, Infantry. Greg went on to graduate from the US Army Ranger and Airborne Schools and served as a Platoon Leader for the 16th Infantry Regiment, Big Red One, in the Gulf War.
After the Gulf War he was assigned to the 6th Infantry Division in Alaska, next graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, 4th Infantry Division, was Assistant Professor at the Command and General Staff College (Leadership), Special Operations Command in Seoul South Korea and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Baghdad.
The OIF tour in Iraq was a strategic level assignment as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Multi National Security Transition Command – Iraq (Baghdad), Greg’s last tour before retirement. The assignment strengthened his leadership skills, as he was required to balance cultural differences with national, multi-national, non-governmental and interagency partners to support a fluid foreign policy.
Greg’s service to our country has been recognized on numerous occasions. He is deeply humbled to have received 2 Bronze Stars for his combat tours; the Legion of Merit recognized his 28 years of service. Post retirement, he continues to support the US Army in various capacities. Most recently as the Lead writer for the US Army Learning Concept for Training and Education.
Greg is a very proud parent to four children (Crissy, Cassie, Carrie and Greg Jr.) and grandparent to 10 (almost 11) grandchildren. As an avid bicycle rider, bird hunter, football and soccer fan, Greg can always be found enjoying these activities with them.