The ‘Raider’ Brigade mourns the loss of Chaplain(Cpt.) Dale Goetz

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The ‘Raider’ Brigade mourns the loss of one of our chaplains, who was killed in action Monday, 30 Aug. near the Arghandab river valley outside Kandahar City while on a combat logistics patrol.

Chaplain (Cpt.) Dale Goetz, a 43-year-old native of White, South Dakota was assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

During Chaplain Goet’z long career, he made lifelong impressions on everyone he came in contact with, always going out of his way to reach out to those in need, no matter how difficult the journey.

“Chaplain Goetz was completely committed to God, his Family and taking care of Soldiers,” said Maj. Greg Nardi, 1-66 Executive Officer. “From the moment he touched down in Afghanistan, Dale fought to get out to remote locations to visit with, and minister to the Soldiers. From assisting with carpentry on the base, to rewiring genergator and air conditioners, his great attitude and work ethic caused him to help out wherever he saw a need.”

Chaplain Goetz’s first assignment as a Chaplain was with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment in Fort Lewis, Wa. He deployed to Iraq with 3-21 from November, 2004 to September, 2005.

While at Fort Lewis, Chaplain Goetz also served as Chaplain for 2nd Battalion, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. He finished his time in Fort Lewis by serving as the I Corps Chaplain.’

In November, 2006 Chaplain Goetz reported to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan where he served as Chaplain for 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment until January, 2010 when he reported to Fort Carson to join the honored ranks of the ‘Iron Knights’.

Goetz deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 25 July, 2010 to serve as the ‘Iron Knights’ chaplain.

“Dale’s passion for taking care of Soldiers was undeniable and his faith in God unshakable,” said Cpt. John Acosta, battalion signal officer for 1-66. “Whether it was taking time out of his schedule to personally consult a troubled Soldier, or just patting you on the back and telling you everything would be alright, Dale never backed down from helping others.”

“Chaplain Goetz was a charismatic leader who committed his life not only to his God, but to his country and fellow Soldiers.” said Cpt. Eric Reid, battalion intelligence officer for 1-66. “His captivating smile and attitude were impossible to ignore in physical traning, the dining facility and even our staff meetings.”

As we mourn the loss of Chaplain Goetz, we should remember that this is also a day for celebration, said Reid. We can celebrate in knowing that Chaplain Goetz is now walking in the Lord’s Kingdom. We can celebrate that Dale is the the Lord, who he has dedicated his life to and who’s word he has spread fervently for so many to hear and embrace.

A memorial in Chaplain Goetz’s honor was held in Afghanistan.

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