Lieutenant Colonel Alexander E. Goodno was commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in May 2002. Following commissioning, LtCol Goodno attended the Basic School in Quantico, VA and flight school in Florida and Mississippi. He was designated as a Naval Aviator in October 2005.
In April 2007, after completing initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, LtCol Goodno reported to Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, SC for duty with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 (VMFA-312). During his tour with VMFA-312, he filled numerous billets in the S-3 and S-5, and completed one deployment to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). In August 2008, LtCol Goodno reported to the II Marine Expeditionary Force Command Element, Camp Lejeune, NC. From April to December of 2009, he deployed with the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2d MEB) Command Element to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM serving as both the Air Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer in the Combat Operations Center.
Following his tour with 2d MEB, LtCol Goodno returned to MAG-31 and was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115). While with the Silver Eagles of VMFA-115, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer as well as the Airframes Division Officer. During this tour, he graduated from the Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course, and also deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the UDP. After completing a successful tour with the Silver Eagles, LtCol Goodno reported to Marine Aviation Training Systems Site (MATSS) Beaufort in order to serve as the MATSS Standardization Officer and MAG-31 WTI from June 2012 to May 2014.
LtCol Goodno was subsequently selected as part of the Marine Corps’ Personnel Exchange Program with 75 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force in Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia. While on exchange, LtCol Goodno served as 75 Squadron’s Fighter Combat Instructor (Pilot Training Officer) and the B Flight Commander. During his tour, the squadron supported numerous exercises throughout the Pacific and deployed to the United Arab Emirates in support of Operation OKRA (US Operation INHERENT RESOLVE) where he flew over 190 combat hours. In fall 2016 LtCol Goodno again returned to MAG-31, serving as the Operations Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Executive Officer for the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 and deploying on his third UDP to the Western Pacific. He subsequently received orders to the Pentagon in March 2019 where he served as the F/A-18 Requirements Officer for the Deputy Commandant for Aviation before converting to the F-35B in 2020 and reporting to Marine Aircraft Group 13 at MCAS Yuma, AZ.
LtCol Goodno has nearly 2,000 flight hours in the F/A-18 Hornet. His personal achievements include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with numeral 3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.