Commander, US Army Health Facility Planning Agency and
TSG Consultant, Health Facilities Planning (9I)


Colonel James GoetschiusColonel James Goetschius is the 14th Commander of the U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is also the Army Surgeon General's Health Facilities Planning Consultant (70K9I) responsible for recruiting, training, and retaining subject matter expertise in the health facility planning career field.

Colonel Goetschius has held numerous operational leadership positions and has health facilities planning experience that spans the full breadth of the facilities life cycle.  Previously, he served as HFPA's Director, Project Execution Division in which he was responsible for executing the U.S. Army's $5.4 billion medical facility capital investment program with a direct, positive impact on more than 3.9 million DoD beneficiaries.  He led a globally dispersed, multidisciplinary team of military, civilian, and contractor personnel in the execution of $1.2 billion in initial outfitting and transition requirements. Colonel Goetschius deployed as a health facilities planner to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, where his responsibilities included the design/build of the theater hospital at Balad Airbase (Iraq) and the construction of the multinational hospital at Camp Bondsteel (Kosovo).  He also served as a team member on Special Medical Augmentation Response Team - Health Systems missions to conduct medical facility and health system assessments, planning, and design for the restoration of medical infrastructure in Honduras, Ivory Coast, and Russia.
While completing his doctoral studies, Colonel Goetschius worked as a graduate research assistant at the Disaster Research Center.

Colonel Goetschius earned a Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware, a Master of City Planning and Post-Master's Certificate in International Planning and Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and undergraduate degrees in architecture and psychology from Norwich University.  He is certified an urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners and designated a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional in Facilities Engineering by the Army Acquisition Corps.  Colonel Goetschius is a recipient of The Surgeon General's 9A Proficiency Designator for Professional Excellence and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.