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TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE DISTINGUISHED MILITARY CONTRIBUTIONS OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE GOODWIN III, FORMERLY OF THE OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MILITARY DEPARTMENT, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM THE MISSOURI NAVAL MILITIA AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE MISSOURI NAVAL MILITIA AND SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI.
Whereas, the Missouri Naval Militia is a federally recognized component of the Missouri Military Department as authorized by Congress pursuant to Title 10 of the United States Code and Chapter 41 of the Missouri Revised Statutes; and
Whereas, General Robert E. Lee Goodwin III, formerly of the Office of the Adjutant General of the South Carolina Military Department, was appointed by the Governor of Missouri as Commanding General of the Missouri Naval Militia and Special Advisor to the Governor of Missouri on June 11, 2004; and
Whereas, in that connection, he received an appointment by the Governor of Missouri to the military rank of Four-Star General in the Marine Corps component of the Missouri Naval Militia on June 11, 2004, and was honorably discharged from the Missouri Naval Militia after a successful tour of duty on November 20, 2004, for which he was awarded the Missouri Conspicuous Service Medal by the Governor of Missouri; and
Whereas, General Goodwin's military career began in 1972 as an infantryman in the United States Army and has included active duty service with the 25th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Division, and volunteer military service with the military departments of South Carolina, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, and California; and
Whereas, General Goodwin formerly served as a senior general officer with the Alabama Military Department while assigned as Special Advisor on Military and Economic Affairs to the Governor of Alabama and as senior member of the Governor's Commission on the Alabama National Guard; and
Whereas, he has completed executive and senior level professional education programs at National Defense University, Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, United Nations Institute, United States Marine Corps Institute, United States Army Management Staff College, United Army War College, and the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College; and
Whereas, General Goodwin has earned a distinguished reputation in the field of national security, specializing in the impact analysis of the integration and interoperability of reserve forces with active components of the Armed Forces of the United States; and
Whereas, this oft-honored and decorated soldier is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Palmetto Cross, Exceptional Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Palmetto Patriot Award, and this state's Order of the Palmetto; and
Whereas, General Goodwin is married to the former Viola Ellen Bernal of San Diego, California, and enjoys community volunteerism, reading, chess, hiking, and parachuting. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the South Carolina Senate, by this resolution, recognize and honor the distinguished military contributions of General Robert E. Lee Goodwin III, formerly of the Office of the Adjutant General of the South Carolina Military Department, on the occasion of his honorable discharge from the Missouri Naval Militia as Commanding General of the Missouri Naval Militia and special advisor to the Governor of the State of Missouri.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to General Robert E. Lee Goodwin III.
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