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
CPT Brandon Payne
Battalion Executive / Operations Officer
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.
Military Science Instructor-Sophmore
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 as 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.
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.
Mr. Ramon Bonilla
Military Science Instructor-Sophmore(Pueblo)
Since his enlistment on 24 January, 1989 in the United States Army as a 13B in the Field Artillery, Mr. Ramon Bonilla has served the Army and the nation with distinction in many leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Bonilla has held leadership positions in tactical organizations upto the rank of SFC and when he was not leading and training soldiers in operational Field Artillery units in preparation for OIF 3, and Operation Eduring freedom. Mr. Bonilla was training initial entry soldiers, or training cadets to be future leaders for the Army. Mr. Bonilla has served in several units to included 3ID, 1AD, 2 ID, 75th BDE and 4th ID. In 2006 Mr. Bonilla was sected to serve at Missouri University of Science and Technology as a Military science Instructor. After retiring in July 2010 Mr. Bonilla served as a U.S Goverment contractor and is currently serving as at the Mountain Ranger Battalion located in Southern Colorado with duty at CSU-Pueblo. His assigned duties as an Instructor for the Department of Military Science at CSU-Pueblo.
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.
Mr. Timothy R. Lang
Assistant Human Resources Administrator
MAJ Robert C. Hoffman
Adjunct Military Science Advisor
MAJ Robert Hoffman graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2002 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating from the Armor Officer’s Basic Course, he was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He served as a Tank Platoon Leader in Heavy Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom III in Tall Afar, Iraq and as the Company Executive Officer after the deployment.
After graduating from the Maneuver Captains’ Career Course, Airborne School, and the Cavalry Leaders Course in July 2007, MAJ Hoffman was assigned to Coalition Forces Land Component Command CFLCC, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait as the Current Operations Battle Captain. At the conclusion of that tour, he was assigned as an Assistant Operations Officer in 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Diyala, Iraq and through the redeployment to Rose Barracks.
In May 2009, MAJ Hoffman assumed command of Killer Troop (the Regimental Anti-Armor Troop), which was later reflagged as Outlaw Troop, 2 SCR. In January of 2010, MAJ Hoffman assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarter Troop (Warhorse) 4/2 SCR deploying the Troop in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 10-11. Upon completion of his Command time, MAJ Hoffman was assigned as the Regimental Liaison Officer to Regional Command – South (CJTF-10). In June of 2011, MAJ Hoffman completed his Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, MO (via correspondence).
After redeployment from Afghanistan, MAJ Hoffman requested and received a Functional Area Designation as a Space Operations Officer (FA40). In August 2011, MAJ Hoffman was assigned to the 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/US Army Strategic Command as an Army Space Support Team Leader conducting the Space Force Enhancement Mission. During his assignment, he deployed with his Team in support of four operational exercises in support of Army, Marine Corps, and Combatant Command Headquarters.
In June 2013, MAJ Hoffman requested and received a Commission in the US Army Reserves as an Adjunct Professor with the 4th Battalion 414th SROTC Regiment, 104th Training Division, with duty at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), CO.
MAJ Hoffman’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 3 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism- Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism- Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 4), the Combat Action Badge, the Space Operators Badge, and the Parachutists Badge.
MAJ Hoffman is married to the former Miss Tiffany Smith of San Luis Obispo, California.