LT Alexander J Goodwin hails from Southbury, Connecticut. He entered the Navy at age 20, enlisting in 2008 and attending nuclear power training command in Goose Creek, South Carolina. While attending Electronics Technician A School for six months, Goodwin applied into the Seaman to Admiral program and was quickly accepted.
LT Goodwin went on to Newport, RI for officer training at the Naval Science Institute, and enrolled directly from there at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. Finishing his degree in an impressive three years, and making E-5 while at school, LT Goodwin divided his time in college between studying for his Civil Engineering Degree and volunteering at the Patriot’s Point Museum.
In May of 2013, Goodwin commissioned as one the nation’s top surface warfare selects and chose a pre-commissioning ship, LPD 25 – the Somerset – for his first SWO tour. LT Goodwin offered some advice to future SWO’s to consider carefully in choosing a pre-com for a first ship, stating: “There’s no precedent set for you yet. Every time a new ship comes around, a lot gets re-invented, there’s a different culture for each ship.”
Eventually the Somerset made it out of the shipyard in Avondale, LA, sailed down the Mississippi River, up the Delaware and eventually made its way to San Diego where it is now based. LT Goodwin served a three-year tour with the Somerset, leading the Deck Department, which handled small boats, lines, paint preservation and amphibious operations aboard the Amphib.
From the Somerset, LT Goodwin transitioned to an LHD – the Makin Island – where he soon deployed out of San Diego for another seven months, stopping at ports from Hong Kong and Singapore, to Bahrain and Dubai. In his second tour, LT Goodwin qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch and stood as EOOW for the last few months of the deployment.
At the MIT Unit, LT Goodwin will take over as our resident Surface Warfare Officer. He will teach Navigation and Naval Operations, serve as advisor for sophomores and juniors, and run drug testing and summer cruise coordination. He will also be pursuing a Masters in Systems Design at MIT, a management and engineering degree.
LT Goodwin is excited to come here to teach. He explained, “I was interested in instructor duty. The job here required intense vetting. All staff has to provide letters of recommendation, their full college transcripts and needs approval from MIT faculty.”
In his free time, LT Goodwin enjoys working out. He also builds computers, plays video games and reads. He aspires to eventually work in the space field.