Senate Unanimously Approves Rep. Lamborn's Bill to Name Briargate Post Office "Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Goetz Memorial Post Office Building"
Washington, D.C.- This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Congressman Doug Lamborn's legislation to name the Briargate post office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in honor of Army Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Goetz (KIA). Chaplain Goetz, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, was the first chaplain killed in action since the Vietnam War.
"Through his life and career, Chaplain Goetz showed us how to pursue excellence and be dedicated to service to our nation and our God. Honoring Chaplain Goetz's life and accomplishments by naming the Briargate post office in Colorado Springs the 'Chaplain Captain Dale Goetz Post Office' is a fitting tribute to this American hero," said Congressman Doug Lamborn. "Chaplain Goetz repeatedly answered the call of duty to his country, served with great distinction, and rose in rank throughout his military career. His life-long and selfless commitment to the defense of America, American values, and the American way of life is worthy of this distinct recognition."
United States Army Chaplain (Captain) Dale A. Goetz was an Air Force veteran (specialized in telecommunications) and Army Chaplain. He joined the Army's chaplaincy out of a strong desire to help others.
Chaplain Goetz, born in Santa Barbara, CA, but raised in Hood River, Oregon, graduated in 1995 from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, now Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI, with a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. He served five years as a youth pastor in Richfield, MN, while attending Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN, graduating with a Master's Degree in Divinity.
Following seminary, he served three years in White, SD as a pastor before enlisting in the Army in 2004, serving in Washington, Okinawa, Japan, Iraq, and Afghanistan – all with decoration. He served as the chaplain for the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, with the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colorado, and served his country for 11 years before being killed in action on his second deployment.
Chaplain Goetz distinguished himself through his courage, dedication to his Soldiers, and his unremitting devotion to his faith. He was very passionate about his job and family and became a chaplain because he wanted to see soldiers’ trust in Jesus Christ. He was known as the "dirty boots chaplain" because of his dedication to seeking out and encouraging his soldiers where they were. Chaplain Goetz, who was 43, left behind his loving and devoted wife, Christy, and his three sons – Landon, Caleb, and Joel. Goetz is an American hero who spent his life serving others and spreading his faith.
"The Dale Goetz Family would like to personally and humbly thank Congressman Lamborn for his desire and great effort in remembering our Fallen Soldier in the naming of the Briargate post office in Colorado Springs," said the Goetz Family. "Dale's legacy of love for God and Country was very evident with his Unit and we are honored to remember him in this way."
Congressman Lamborn introduced legislation to rename this post office in October 2019, and it was approved by the U.S. House on September 30, 2020. Yesterday, the bill was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate and will advance to the President's desk for his signature.
The Briargate post office is located at: 8585 Criterion Dr, Colorado Springs, CO
To view the text of H.R. 4725, click here.
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