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James Stewart Goff, Jr., 61, of Organ, N.M. passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. He was born to James Stewart Goff, Sr. and Mary Louise Shields Goff on Aug. 1, 1951 in Salisbury, Md. He attended Atlantic High School in Oak Hall, Va. In 1973, he joined the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and trained to work on jet aircraft at various locations starting with Chanute A.F.B. Illinois. His first duty location was K.I. Sawyer A.F.B, in Michigan. He was the first airman first class to become engine-run qualified on KC135A aircraft (refueling tankers). He was also the first A1C to be authorized as a Flight Line Expeditor, responsible for the supervising, and reporting to maintenance control of, all maintenance, services, launches and recovery, of six aircraft. He rose to the rank of sergeant at this station. His second duty location was Langley A.F.B. in Virginia. He was assigned as a maintenance control specialist, responsible for directing, and reporting all servicing, repairs, inspections and daily flying schedules for 73 F15s, 11 T-39s, 4 EC-135s, and 2 UH1N aircraft. He rose to the rank of staff sergeant at this station and was given the position of non-commissioned officer in charge of the reports section, responsible for reporting war readiness of these aircraft to the major command generals on a daily basis. His third duty location was Andrews A.F.B. in Washington, D.C. He was specifically selected for transfer to the Special Missions Presidential Aircraft Fleet. He performed various maintenance duties on aircraft from visiting nations, crew chief on several different types of special missions aircraft, flight line expeditor and maintenance control specialist. He rose to the rank of technical sergeant, and was given the senior controller position of Maintenance Control. When the Maintenance Control was consolidated with the Command Post, and retitled "Andrews Consolidated Command Post," he designed a computer program that eliminated the traditional grease pencil boards utilized by Maintenance Control, which allowed the information to be entered into the existing computer-tracked system being used by the Command Post. He spent 13 and one-half years at this station, and retired after 20 years of service. He earned many medals and commendations including: AF Commendation Medal/AF Outstanding Unit Award, Two Oak Leaf Clusters/AF Good Conduct Medal, Five Oak Leaf Clusters/ National Defense Service Medal, One Bronze Star/AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Three Oak Leaf Clusters/NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, One Bronze Star/AF Training Ribbon. He was very proud to have served his country, but was not limited to this. He served his country in other ways, too, such as his service as a reserve deputy with the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office, for over 12 years, as well as similar positions in Maryland and Virginia. Jim liked to bowl and friends he made there will miss him, too. Most recently Jim was employed at Bravo Chevrolet as service dispatcher, where he was well liked and his knowledge was much respected and appreciated. He was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins football team. He loved to watch an eagle soar with its wings spread as it floated across the sky. He is survived by his wife Linda Lee Goff of the family home; a son, Richard Goff of Williamsburg, Va.; a sister, Norma Windsor of Pocomoke City, Md., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Peggy Hazlett, and a brother, James William Goff. There will be visitation on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 from 5 – 7 p.m. and the funeral service immediately following at Getz Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the online guest book visit
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 16, 2013
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