William Goetz enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (UPENN NROTC) in the summer of 2003. He concurrently enrolled in Temple University’s undergraduate program. In the summer of 2006 Midshipman Goetz attended Officers Candidates School (OCS). After completing OCS, he returned to Temple University where he graduated with honors, as well as atop his UPENN NROTC class. Following commencement, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the spring of 2007.
After commissioning, Second Lieutenant Goetz reported to The Basic School (TBS) and completed the Basic Officer Course (BOC). After completion of TBS, he reported to Assault Amphibian Schools Battalion, with follow-on assignment to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion (3d AA Bn), First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Following Military Occupational Specialty training, he was assigned as First Platoon Commander, Company B, 3d AA Bn.
In the summer of 2008, Second Lieutenant Goetz and his platoon traveled to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and took part in exercise Rim of the Pacific 2008. After having conducted amphibious operations with the Australian Navy and Indonesian Marines aboard the Australian HMAS Tobruk, Second Lieutenant Goetz retuned to 3D AA Bn. Promoted to First Lieutenant, he and his platoon then entered into a pre-deployment training program in preparation for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In April 2010, First Lieutenant Goetz and his unit then deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7 to the Marjah District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Upon return to 3d AA Bn, First Lieutenant Goetz was reassigned as the Platoon Commander for Mobility-Counter Mobility Platoon.
Having received orders, First Lieutenant Goetz again reported to The Basic School (permanent personnel) in May 2011. Promoted to Captain in July 2011, Captain Goetz served as The Basic School’s Assault Amphibian Vehicle Platoon Commander in support of the Infantry Officer Course and BOC. In December 2012, Captain Goetz was then reassigned as a Warfighting Instructor, The Basic School. Captain Goetz served two cycles as a Staff Platoon Commander, Third Platoon, Echo Company 5-13, and Third Platoon, India Company 1-14.
Following his time at TBS, Captain Goetz attended the United States Army’s Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC) at Fort Benning, Georgia. At the completion of MCCC, Captain Goetz reported for duty to 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion (2d AA Bn), Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his time with 2d AA Bn Captain Goetz served as the Commanding Officer, Company B, and the battalion’s Operations Officer, where he deployed aboard the USS Fort McHenry in support of Cold Response 2016. Following Cold Response, Captain Goetz attended the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group’s Operations and Tactics Instructor Course, with follow-on deployment orders to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. In this capacity, he served as a Future Operations Planner from August – May 2017.
Promoted to Major in July 2017, Major Goetz executed orders to 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, Fourth Marine Division (4th AA Bn). Major Goetz is currently assigned as the Inspector-Instructor, Company B, 4th AA Bn, Jacksonville, Florida.
Major Goetz is not currently married and does not have any children.
His Personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in lieu of one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in lieu of one gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.