LTC Thompson

LTC MARK W. THOMPSON                        


 The baddest tank in the world  

LTC Mark Thompson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in US History and earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Troy University in 2004.

LTC Thompson’s duty assignments include Tank Platoon Leader and Tank Company Executive Officer in the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment and Battalion Training Officer for the 104th Military Intelligence Battalion, all in the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood Texas. He commanded Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was a National Guard Observer/Controller-Trainer with the 2nd Battalion, 358th Armor Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. LTC Thompson also served as the Brigade Plans Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division’s Division Support Command and as an 8th Army Current Operations Officer in the Republic of Korea. He returned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, and subsequently at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as the Battalion S3 of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, Division Chief of Training, and Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver. He deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009 with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment and again in 2010-2011 with the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters. LTC Thompson is currently serving as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

LTC Thompson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Parachute Badge.

LTC Thompson’s military schools include the Armor Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Airborne School, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school.



                                                                                             MSG Drager



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Master Sergeant Harold Drager entered the U.S. Army in August 1991 and attended Basic Training (One Station Unit Training) with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Master Sergeant Drager has served in several duty locations to include; 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment (M), Fort Carson, CO; 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (AASLT), Camp Casey, Korea; 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, TX; 2nd Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment (AC/RC), Fort Lewis, WA; 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, CO.

Master Sergeant Drager’s duty positions include; Heavy Mortar Platoon Driver, Assistant Gunner, Gunner, Squad Leader, Fire Direction Center Check and Chief Computer, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Leader; Light Infantry Mortar Squad Leader, Section Leader and Headquarters Platoon Sergeant; Senior Observer/Controller-Trainer, Battalion S1 and Battalion S2; Military Transition Team First Sergeant, Light Infantry Company First Sergeant and Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant. MSG Drager is currently serving as the Senior Military Instructor for the Mountain Ranger Battalion.

Master Sergeant Drager has deployed several times including; Operation Enduring Freedom (Kuwait), Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Expert Infantrymen’s badge and Combat Infantrymen’s badge.

Master Sergeant Drager has attended numerous Army schools and training programs to include; Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course and the Infantry Mortar Leaders Course.


                                                                                                    BATTALION OPERATIONS OFFICER

                                                                                            CPT Brandon Payne                                                



CPT Brandon Payne graduated from The College of Mount Saint Joseph in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and was commissioned from Xavier University ROTC Battalion as an Infantry Officer.
CPT Payne’s duty assignments include Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader and Battalion Assistant S3 Operations Officer all in the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division located in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he deployed to Afghanistan from 2007-2008. He transitioned from his Branch Detail in 2009 attending the Signal Captains Career Course located in Fort Gordon, GA. Upon completion of the SCCC, CPT Payne was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division located in Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. He served as the Battalion Signal Officer in the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment. CPT Payne also commanded the Brigade’s Signal Support Company, Bravo Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat team, 2nd Infantry Division. He is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Military Science and Battalion S3 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
CPT Payne’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge and Ranger Tab.

CPT Payne’s military schools include the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Signal Captains Career Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School.


                                                                                 Assistant Professor of Military Science/MS III Instructor

                                                                                                 Mr. Dewitt



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 Enrollment and Scholarship Officer

                                Mr. Don Caughey




Mr. Don Caughey was born and raised in northern California.  He enlisted in the Army after high school, and served for nine years as a Russian linguist in North Carolina, West Berlin and Alaska.  He attended Officer Candidate School in 1994, and commissioned as an Armor officer.  As an armor and cavalry officer, he served as a tank platoon leader, tank company executive officer, battalion maintenance officer, squadron logistics officer, cavalry troop commander and observer/ controller team chief before he retired.

Mr. Caughey is currently a contractor serving as the Enrollment & Scholarship Officer for the Mountain Ranger Battalion.  He previously worked in the Army ROTC programs at the College of William & Mary and Colorado School of Mines as a Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, and Assistant Professor of Military Science for MS I, II and III classes.

He completed his Bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, majoring in history with a Russian studies minor.  He received his Master's degree with honors in Management & Leadership from Webster University. 

Mr. Caughey's awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Superior Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Southwest Asia Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Army of Occupation Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Air Assault Badge.  He is also a member of the Order of St George and the US Army Europe Sergeant Morales Club.


                                                                                                 Battalion Training NCO/MS II Instructor

                                                                                                  Mr. Celestino



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  Since his voluntary enlistment on 29 August 1977 in the United States Army Reserve, Mr. Pedro Celestino has served the Army and the nation with distinction in many leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Most remarkable about Mr. Celestino is that he has held leadership positions in tactical organizations at every NCO rank and when he was not leading and training soldiers in operational units, he was leading and training NCOs at NCO Academies, training initial entry soldiers, or training cadets to be future leaders for the Army.

In 1992, SFC Celestino was assigned to HHC, 3-21 IN where he assumed responsibility as Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant for the Anti-Armor Platoon. He also served as the Anti-Armor Advisor for the Battalion Commander and as the HHC First Sergeant for two consecutive months. 1SG Celestino then served in B/2-54 IN, an initial entry training company which graduated over 2200 infantryman during his 20 months as 1SG.

In 1997, Celestino was selected to serve as the Senior Military Science Instructor and Commandant of Cadets for the Army ROTC program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Currently, Celestino serves as the Training NCO and is the MS II instructor.

Mr. Celestino currently serves as a U.S. Government Contractor for Army ROTC Mountain Ranger Battalion located in Southern Colorado. His assigned duties encompass those of Training Officer and Instructor for the Department of Military Science.

                                                                                                         CSU-P Training NCO/Instructor

                                                                                              Mr. Molina 



 Combat Arm of Decision

Mr. Molina enlisted in active duty on May 1982 as a Armor Crewman and trained in M60A1/A3 and M1/M1A1/A2 series tank. His duty assignments included 2-77 Armor in Ft. Lewis, WA in 1982; A Troop 4-7 Cavalry Camp Garry Owen, Korea in 1986; 2-77 Armor in Ft. Carson, CO in 1987; 2-72 Armor in Camp Casey, Korea in 1991; 3-68 Armor in Ft. Carson, CO in 1992; 2-63 Armor in Vilseck, Germany in 1995; 1-68 Armor in Ft. Carson, CO in 1998 and United States Military Academy in West Point, NY from 2001 to 2004.

His duty positions have consisted of the following: tank driver, loader, gunner and tank commander; section sergeant; battalion ammunitions NCO; OP Commander (Task Force Able Sentry in Macedonia); Platoon Sergeant; Assistant Operations NCO; Assistant Military Science Course Director (MS 300), Armor Branch Representative and Military Science Instructor. He has qualified several "Distinguished" Tank Table Gunnery VIII and XII (Platoon Gunnery) while serving as a Platoon Sergeant. He was inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in 1993, he was also awarded the Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion) in 2001.

Mr. Molina holds a Masters in Homeland Security from Colorado Technical University, a Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY and a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.

Mr. Molina currently serves as a U.S. Government Contractor for Army ROTC Mountain Ranger Battalion located in Southern Colorado. His assigned duties encompass those of Training Officer and Instructor for the Department of Military Science.

   Human Resource Administrator

Nancy Silva



Admin Assistant

 Mr. Tim Lang