USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Rear Adm. J.W. (Bill) Goodwin assumed command of Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9, Sept. 7.
Goodwin relieved Rear Adm. Doug Crowder, who has commanded CCSG 9 since August 2004.
Goodwin graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1975 and was designated a naval aviator two years later. The Dublin, Ga., native served in a number of sea billets, including executive officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and commanding officer of USS Rainier (AOE 7) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
Goodwin was promoted to flag rank and assumed the duty of deputy director, Strategy, Plans and Policy at U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, in September 2003.
His current position as commander of Carrier Strike Group 9 has him and his staff embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
Carrier Strike Group 9 is comprised of many different ships and organizations, including Lincoln, Destroyer Squadron 9, Carrier Air Wing 2, USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86).
According to the former pilot and surface Navy veteran, being back on Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, homeported in Everett, Wash., is a homecoming of sorts.
"I'm extremely proud to be the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Commander," Goodwin said. "Last time I embarked on board the Abraham Lincoln, I was the commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, and my stateroom was about 100 feet away." Ironically, Goodwin was commanding officer of VFA-94 while embarked on Lincoln's first deployment to the Persian Gulf region.
Goodwin also said his enjoyment of being back aboard Abe and relocating to the Pacific Northwest is not only his own.
"My family really loves the area," Goodwin said. "It's great to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest."
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