Brigadier General (retired) Gerald Goodfellow is a 30-year Air Force Veteran. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Tech Research Institute. Prior to joining the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI), he served as the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command. In this position he was responsible for resourcing the nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile force, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft, and Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) systems.
Goodfellow holds a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he is a graduate of numerous executive education programs to include: The Capstone General and Flag Officer Course at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., the Public Policy Seminar at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., the Leadership Enhancement Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and the Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Goodfellow spent much of his career educating and training military members and civilians. He served as a professor of strategy and planning at the U.S. Army War College where he instructed Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Officers, as well as senior U.S. Government Civilians. He’s also served as the Commander and Commandant, at the United States Air Force Squadron Officer College. As a Brigadier General he served as the Director of the Nuclear Enterprise at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where he oversaw many aspects of the Nation’s Nuclear force, to include the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, which teaches over 170 courses to approximately 30,000 military members and security-cleared civilians each year. He also served as a B-1 Bomber Operations Group Commander where he directed the education, development, and training required of B-1 Bomber Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers to fly combat missions throughout the world. He later served as a Wing Commander, where he directed the education, training, and qualification of United States Air Force Instructor Pilots, future Fighter Pilots, Combat Systems Officers, and Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilots and Sensor Operators. Additionally, he was in charge of all flying and parachute training at the United States Air Force Academy.
Goodfellow is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat. For that same flight, he was later awarded the General Ira C. Eaker Award for the “Outstanding Single Feat of Military Airmanship.” Additionally, he is a World Record Holder for the “Fastest Non-stop Airplane Flight Around-the-World.” He is also the winner of the Mackay Trophy, which is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., for the “Most Meritorious Aerial Flight of the Year.”