STAFF SERGEANT TANNER GOATLEY
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SSgt Tanner Goatley is a member in the United States Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As an F-35A Heritage Flight team member, he is responsible for representing Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force, Department of Defense, and the United States of America at 16 air shows annually. He is one of sixteen enlisted members of the F-35A Heritage Flight Team and performs maintenance actions on the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35. By doing so, SSgt Goatley ensures Heritage Flight pilots are equipped with a safe and effective F-35A Lightning II to execute their mission of showcasing the Air Force’s premier fifth-generation aircraft for millions of spectators each year.
SSgt Goatley was born in Mayfield, KY. He graduated from Graves County High School, Mayfield, Kentucky in 2011. He left for Basic Military Training in Nashville, Tennessee June 2011. He attended Technical Training School in Wichita Falls, Texas, for F-15 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance. After graduating from his technical school, he was assigned to his first duty station at Kadena AB, Japan as an Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
2011 F-15 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Technical Training School, Sheppard AFB, TX
2015 Airman Leadership School, Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ.
2012-2014, F-15 Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
2014-2015, F-35 Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
2015-Present, F-35 Dedicated Crew Chief, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leave cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic 01 June 2011
Airman 1st Class 29 July 2011
Senior Airman 29 November 2013
Staff Sergeant 1 April 2016
(Current as of December 19, 2016)