A native of Rome, New York, Colonel "Clete" Goetz assumed duties as the 100th Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School following service as Director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers in the Pentagon. 

His staff assignments include duty at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Drum, New York, and Buffalo District Corps of Engineers.  He has prior service in the Department of the Army Secretariat as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). 

He has completed one Joint Duty assignment at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in Washington, D.C. as a branch chief in the acquisition arm of that organization. 

He has commanded company, battalion, and brigade formations at Ft. Drum, Germany, Iraq, and Ft. Hood, respectively.  

He has degrees in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, University of Missouri at Rolla and the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the Army War College.