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LTC Robert J. Goodin

Staff Judge Advocate

LTC Robert Goodin is the Staff Judge Advocate for the District of Columbia National Guard and the principal legal advisor to the D.C. National Guard Commanding General and the Adjutant General.  When not on full-time orders with the D.C. National Guard, LTC Goodin is an Air Force civilian attorney specializing in contract, fiscal, and cooperative agreement law in the Office of the General Counsel, National Guard Bureau.

LTC Goodin enlisted in the D.C. National Guard in 2003 and commissioned as an officer in 2004 as an ordnance officer.  In 2008, he accessed into the Judge Advocate General’s Corp and over the next several years completed the Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Fiscal Law, Ethics, Contract Attorney and Advanced Contract Law, Procurement Fraud, and Trial Attorney courses.

In 2015-2016, LTC deployed as a DOD civilian to Afghanistan to advise senior Afghan officials in the Ministries of Defense and Interior Affairs and the Attorney General’s Office.  He deployed again to Afghanistan in 2018 as the Chief, International Humanitarian Law working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) office for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia on Gross Violations of Human Rights compliance.


2000 Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, New College, Florida

2003 Master in Business Administration, University of South Florida, Florida

2003 Initial Entry Training, Fort Sill, OK

2004 Officer Candidate School, Washington, DC

2006 Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

2008 Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, Charlottesville, VA

2011 Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course, Charlottesville, VA

2014 Command and General Staff Officer Course, Washington, DC

2015 Ministry of Defense Advisors Course, Washington, DC


  1. Officer Candidate, DCARNG 274th Military Police Company, Washington, DC
  2. Platoon Leader, DCARNG 104th Maintenance Company, Washington, DC
  3. Judge Advocate, DCARNG Headquarters District Area Command, Washington, DC
  4. Contract, Ethics, and Fiscal Law Attorney, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, VA
  5. Command Judge Advocate, 352nd JAG Team Support Headquarters, Washington, DC
  6. Command Judge Advocate, DCARNG Element, Joint Force Headquarters, Washington, DC
  7. DOD Senior Legal Advisor, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Kabul, Afghanistan
  8. Staff Judge Advocate, Multi-Agency Augmentation Command, Washington, DC
  9. Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, Washington, DC

Awards and Decorations


Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal



Meritorious Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon



Joint Service Commendation Medal

Army Service Ribbon



Army Commendation Medal

Army Reserve Components Overseas Training


Air Force Commendation Medal

NATO Medal – ISAF (Afghanistan and Balkans)


Army Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award



Army Superior Civilian Service Award

Army Superior Unit Award



Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal

DCNG Community Service Ribbon



National Defense Service Medal

DCNG Emergency Service Ribbon



Afghanistan Campaign Medal

DCNG Presidential Inauguration Support Ribbon


Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

DCNG Homeland Defense Medal



Armed Forces Service Medal