Lieutenant Colonel Ken Goedecke enlisted as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1998.
Lieutenant Colonel Goedecke's assignments in the operating forces include Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer and Battery Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines; Battery Commander, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines; Division Staff Secretary, 2nd Marine Division; Assistant Operations Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and Regimental Fire Support Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. He has deployed several times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.
Other assignments include Officer Selection Officer, Eastern New England; Commander, Task Unit 151.4 for counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa region; and Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His joint assignments include J4/5 Coalition Support for U.S. Forces - Afghanistan; Deputy J3, CENTCOM Forward - Jordan; and his most recent assignment as Division Chief, Strategic Analysis and Policy for U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific.
Lieutenant Colonel Goedecke is a graduate of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, U.S. Army Field Artillery Captain's Career Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and Joint Forces Staff College. He has a B.A. in Geography and is an Expeditionary Warfare School non-resident instructor.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.