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A well-known Air Force master sergeant at Lajes Field, Azores, died last Saturday of pulmonary embolism.

Master Sgt. James Goodwin, 43, died while in Rota, Spain, for knee surgery.

Goodwin, first sergeant for the 65th Civil Engineering Squadron and the 65th Security Forces Squadron, was at Lajes Field for about two years, said Lt. Yvonne Levardi, spokeswoman for the base.

Goodwin was involved in various sports programs and fund-raisers and organized both squadrons’ parties and picnics, his co-workers said.

There was standing-room-only at a memorial service Wednesday at the chapel.

The Appleton, Minn., native is survived by his parents, wife and three children.

Lajes Field, home to about 1,000 active-duty servicemembers and 1,100 dependents, is on Terceira Island.

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