by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (January 21, 2020) – The first Village Board meeting of the new year began with a moment of silence for Army Green Beret Master Sergeant Nathan Goodman.
Goodman, a former resident of Lansing, made the ultimate sacrifice when he lost his life during an Army training exercise on January 14, 2020.
Members of Lansing’s American Legion Post 697 were present at the meeting, and Mayor Patty Eidam invited them to the front of the room before she read a prepared statement honoring Goodman.
“Ladies and gentleman, the Village of Lansing is mourning the death of Army Green Beret Master Sergeant Nathan Goodman,” Mayor Eidam’s statement began. Eidam continued with a brief bio that included Goodman’s graduation from TF South High School in 2002 and mention of family members who still live in Lansing and Lynwood.
Goodman enlisted in the Army directly after high school and completed a total of eight deployments—four to Afghanistan, one to Iraq, two to Africa, and one to Kyrgyzstan.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his wife and children, who live in North Carolina, and his entire family during this difficult time,” concluded Eidam before inviting the Board and members of the public to stand and observe a moment of silence.
Plans are being discussed to include Master Sergeant Goodman on the Wall of Honor at TF South.
- Pride and service: Wall of Honor brings together past and present, school and community (October 2017 article)