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In 1994, Major Carlos Goetz joined the U.S. Marine Corps and after completion of training at the School of Infantry-East and Marine Corps Security Force School, was assigned to Security Forces Naples, Italy where he participated in Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1996, he returned stateside and served in 3d Battalion 8th Marines as a rifleman, team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant; while in 3/8, he deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Okinawa, Japan as well as to the Panama Canal Zone on a security and training mission. In 2000, Major Goetz was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP).
In 2003, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He was assigned to training at The Basic School, and upon completion, reported to Infantry Officer Course. From May of 2004 until November of 2006, he served as an Infantry Platoon Commander at 3d Battalion 8th Marines. While a platoon commander, Major Goetz deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 and Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from Iraq in 2006, Major Goetz was assigned to duty as an instructor at The Basic School and at Infantry Officer Course. From 2010 until 2011, Major Goetz was a student at the Expeditionary Warfare School.
In 2011, he reported to 3d Battalion 6th Marines and was assigned as the Weapons Company Commander and the Fire Support Coordinator for the Battalion. While the Weapons Company Commander, Major Goetz deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from Afghanistan in January of 2012, he gave up command and was assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer.
In 2013, while serving as the Battalion Executive Officer, Major Goetz again deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Okinawa, Japan. In 2014, he was assigned to duty as the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) NROTC Jacksonville University where he currently serves.
Major Goetz’ personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (x2) w/Combat V, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (x3), Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal (x2).