LTC Mark W. Thompson
Professor of Military Science
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 James Goodin
Senior Military Science Instructor
Master Sergeant James Goodin entered the U.S. Army in March 1993 and attended Basic Training (One Station Unit Training) with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Master Sergeant Goodin has served in several duty locations to include; 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Kobbe, Panama; 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, CO.
Master Sergeant Goodin’s duty positions include; Machine Gunner, Rifleman, Grenadier, SAW Gunner, Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Light Infantry Company First Sergeant. MSG Goodin is currently serving as the Senior Military Instructor for the Mountain Ranger Battalion.
Master Sergeant Goodin has deployed several times including; Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) X and XIII. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Expert Infantrymen’s badge and Combat Infantrymen’s badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab
Master Sergeant Goodin has attended numerous Army schools and training programs to include; Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant School and Ranger School
MAJ Ava Murphy
Assistant Professor of Military Science
MAJ Ava Murphy graduated from Florida State University in 1991 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, and earned a Master's Degree in Human Resources from Webster University in 2014.
MAJ Murphy's duty assignments include Postal Platoon Leader and Postal Company Executive Officer in the 510th Personnel Services Battalion, Mannheim, Germany. She was the Battalion S1 for 2ND Infantry Division, and the 4th Infantry Division Fort Carson, Colorado, and the Officer Strength Manager for the Mission Support Element, Fort Carson, Colorado. She also commanded the United States Army Garrison at Fort Carson, Colorado. MAJ Murphy also served as the Division Strength Manger for the 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Red Cloud, Korea. MAJ Murphy is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Executive Officer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
MAJ Murphy's military schools include Officer Candidate School, Adjutant Officer Basic and Advance Courses, and Command General Staff College.
SFC Marcus Johnson
Military Science Instructor-Sophmore
Sergeant First Class Marcus D Johnson entered the U.S. Army in July 1999 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson SC. He also attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, TX. With specialized training in Patriot Enhanced Operator and Maintainer 14T. SFC Johnson is Married to Jamita Johnson for 6 years, and has 2 children Laila age 6, and Lauren age 1.
Sergeant First Class Johnson's has served in several duty locations to include; 11th BDE Alpha Battery and Delta Battery 3/43 ADA Battalion, and Charlie Battery 5/52 ADA Battalion, at Fort Bliss TX. 35th BDE Bravo Battery and Alpha Battery 2-1 ADA Battalion the Republic of South Korea 2 tours, 5th Recruiting BDE Tempe Recruiting Company Gilbert and Queen Creek Recruiting Stations, Phoenix AZ., 69th BDE Bravo Battery 1-62 ADA Battalion Fort HOOD TX.
Sergeant First Class Johnson's duty positions include; Launcher Crewmember, Command Driver, Support Section Crewmember, Launcher Assistant Section Chief, Recruiter, Launcher Section Chief, Platoon Sergeant. SFC Johnson is currently serving as a Military Science Instructor/MSII Instructor and Training NCO for the Mountain Ranger Battalion.
Sergeant First Class Johnson has deployed several times including; Operation Enduring Freedom Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. His awards and decorations include the Army Accommodation Medal (4th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC) Army Good conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon(3), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2), Silver Recruiting Badge (3) Gold Stars, Gold Recruiting badge (3) Safire stars, Certificate of Commendation Gold Recruiter Ring, Drivers Badge, Marksmanship Badge.
Sergeant First Class Johnson's military schools include (BCT) Basic Combat Training, (AIT) Advanced Individual Training, (WLC) Warrior Leadership Course, Recruiting and Retention School, (ALC) Advanced Leaders Course, SHARP, (ECO) Environmental Compliance Officer Course, (UMO) Unit Movement Officer Course.
Mr. Michael D. Stealey
Military Science Instructor-Freshmen
Mr. Michael Stealey was born in Albany, New York. He attended high school in Dallas, Texas where he enlisted in the Army immediately following graduation in 1989. He served in the Medical Service Corps as a Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician for 5 years and reached the rank of SGT. He was awarded the Green to Gold Scholarship and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps as a 2LT in January of 1995. As an ordnance officer he served as maintenance Platoon Leader, shop officer, Battalion Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Company Commander, Brigade Logistics Officer, and served as the maintenance subject matter expert in a Joint assignment where he taught advisor best practices all branches of service and NATO partnered nations. Mr. Stealey deployed for three separate years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as both a Company Commander and BDE S4. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan in support of the Air Advisor Academy.
Mr. Stealey is currently a contractor serving as the MS I instructor for the Department of Military Science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Logistics Supply Chain Management from Colorado Technical University. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education program in Dec of 2012.
Mr. Stealey’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Meritorious Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Southwest Asia Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Joint Staff Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge and Army Combat Action Badge.
CPT Mark R. Keel
Military Science Instructor-Freshmen(Pueblo)
Mr. Donald C. Caughey
UCCS ROTC Recruitment Officer
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 Department of the Army employee 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 U.S. Army Europe Sergeant Morales Club.
Mrs. Nancy Silva is a 9 year Army Veteran and has worked for the Mountain Ranger Battalion as the Human Resource Assistant since 2002.
Mr. Timothy R. Lang
Assistant Human Resources Administrator