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Lieutenant Colonel Eric Westphal

LTC Eric Westphal Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Westphal is currently serving as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Military Science for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8555, or by email at  

LTC Eric Westphal graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology and commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He later went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Masters' Degrees in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Project Management from Ashford University while simultaneously completing his professional education requirements at the Command and General Staff College resident course in Fort Leavenworth, KS.

LTC Westphal's military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, and the Bradley Leaders Course. After completing his first duty assignment, LTC Westphal attended the Captains Career Course and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School. Prior to executing his key and developmental time as a field grade officer, he completed the Intermediate Level Education Program at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Throughout his career LTC Westphal served in a variety of units including the 1-325th AIR in Fort Bragg, NC., C/2/58th IN in Fort Benning (Basic Training Command), GA., 1-24th IN in Fort Lewis, WA., 2nd SCR in Vilseck, GE., Army ROTC as an APMS at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, 1/10th IN in Fort Drum, NY., the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA., and his last assignment prior to serving as the PMS at Vanderbilt University was as a tactics instructor at Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, KS.

LTC Westphal's awards include the three Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with V-Device, four Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, two Meritorious Unit Citations, the Army Service Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Also a proud recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice.

LTC Westphal is married to his Shari Westphal and together they have three boys.

Master Sergeant Gabriel Cleveland

Master Sergeant Gabriel Cleveland Master Sergeant (MSG) Cleveland is currently serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor for Vanderbilt AROTC. His military occupation is in the Air Defense Branch, First to Fire! and he can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8551, or by email at

MSG Cleveland's duty positions include: Stinger Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) dismount, Avenger gunner, Avenger Team Chief, Avenger Squad Leader, Stinger Squad Leader, Avenger Platoon Sergeant, Advance Leaders Course instructor, C-RAM Platoon Sergeant, Observer Coach Trainer, Counter IED Team member, Security Force Assistance Team Deputy Chief (SFAT), First Sergeant, Battalion NCOIC, Senior Military Science Instructor.

MSG Cleveland entered military service in August 1993. His OCONUS assignments include B BTRY 5-5 ADA; Korea 1994, A/D BTRY 1-4 ADA; Germany 2003-2004 and B BTRY 1-62 ADA; Hawaii 1996-1999. His CONUS assignments include: Fort Polk, LA on three different occasions, C BTRY 1-2 ADA; 1995-1996, ADA BTRY, 2nd ACR; 2000-2002 and HHC BDE, 4th BCT, 10th Mountain Div., 2010-2011. C BTRY 2-44 ADA; Fort Campbell, KY, 1999-2000; NCOES Academy Fort Bliss, TX, 2004-2006, E BTRY 1-44 ADA, 2006-2008 and E-BTRY 1-44, Fort Hood, TX; 2012-2013. He was assigned to Camp Shelby, MS on two different occasions, 1-346th ADA BN, 2008-2010 and 2014-2015. Military campaigns include a rotation to Kosovo, two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004 and 2007-2008 as well as two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2009-2011.

MSG Cleveland is a graduate of Warrior Leader's Course, Advance Leader's Course, Senior Leader's Course, First Sergeant Course, Total Army Instructor's Training Course, Basic Instructor's Training Course, Observer Controller Trainer Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention Course, ADAM/BAE Cell Air-Ground Training Course, Cadre Faculty Development Course. Additionally, he graduated with an Associate's of Science in Applied Management from Central Texas College, a Bachelor's of Science in Management from Park University Cum Laude in 2006. He graduated with a Master's of Science in Information Technology Management Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from Trident University, formally known as TUI University, and on  December 15, 2017 he will g raduate from University of Louisville with a Master's of Arts in Higher Education Summa Cum Laude.

MSG Cleveland has been awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals; 2 Meritorious Service Medals; 9 Army Commendation Medal; 5 Army Achievement Medals; 1 Valorous Unit Award; 1-Meritorious Unit Citation; 1-Army Superior Unit Award; 8 Good Conduct Medals; 2 National Defense Service Medals; 1 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars and Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon-3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon-5 and 3 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medals. Also a member of an elite organization named the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) and a recipient of the Order of St. Barbara's medallion.

 MSG Cleveland is married to his wife Bianca Cleveland and has three daughters and one son.


Sergeant First Class Justin Golding

SFC Golding

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Golding is currently serving as a Military Science Instructor & Training NCO for Vanderbilt University AROTC. His military occupation is in the Engineer Branch, Essayons!!! And he can be reach by phone at (615) 322-8559, or by email at

SFC Goldings’s duty positions include: Combat Engineer, Track Vehicle Operator, Fire team Dismount, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Personal Security Officer (PSO), Basic Leader Course Instructor, Reconnaissance NCO, Operations Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and Military Science Instructor.

SFC Golding entered military service in May 2005. His assignments include Fort Hood, Texas from 2005-2012; Fort Riley, KS from 2012-2015; and Fort Carson, CO from 2015-2017. Military campaigns include three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom: 2006-2007, 2008-2009 & 2010-2011 as well as one deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2012-2013.

SFC Golding is a graduate of Warrior Leader’s Course, Advance Leader’s Course, Senior Leader’s Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Army Basic Instructor Trainer Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Joint Firepower Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Modern Army Combative Program Level 1 & 2, and Route Reconnaissance Clearance Course. He is currently working on a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Trident University.

SFC Golding has been awarded 1 Meritorious Service Medals; 6 Army Commendation Medals; 2 Army Achievement Medals; 3 Meritorious Unit Citations; 4 Good Conduct Medals; 1 National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star; Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; 3 Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; 4 Overseas Service Ribbons and 1 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal. SFC Golding has also been award the Combat Action Badge and the Track Vehicle Operator Badge.

SFC Golding is married to his wife Alyssa Williams. 

Major Matthew Mount

 Major MountMajor (MAJ Mount is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science and Recruiting Operations Officer for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8554, or by email at

MAJ Matthew Mount was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago.  He began his military training right out of high school, attending ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY in 1978.  He then went to Brigham Young University to study and later received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where he also was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Field Artillery, with the Indiana National Guard.  He later received his Master’s Degree from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management, graduating with honors. 

MAJ Mount’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, Airborne School, Military Police Captain’s Career Course, and Command General Staff College.

While serving as an officer in the National Guard and later United States Army Reserve, he also served as a police officer with the City of Indianapolis.  He was discharged from the USAR in 1998 and was later reappointed as a captain with the Military Police Corps with the USAR.  He was assigned in September 2010 to serve with the 310th ESC, with which he deployed to Iraq in January 2011.  Upon his return from Iraq, he retired from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and was hired into the Active Guard Reserve to serve at the Human Resource Command at Fort Knox, KY. While there, he worked as the Branch Manager for Infantry/Armor AGR officers, and was later made an Account Manager in the Officer Personnel Management Directorate where he managed the positions of 101 major commands.  In March of 2016 he was moved to Nashville, TN to serve as the Assistant Professor of Military Science for Vanderbilt University.

During his career as a police officer, he worked in a variety of positions, to include, motorcycle officer, narcotics detective, police academy instructor, public information officer and spokesman for the chief of police and the department.  He had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and working as a shift commander when he retired. 

His military career included postings as a fire direction officer, executive officer, fire direction control officer, company commander, mobilization officer, battle captain, Infantry/Armor AGR assignment officer, USAR Command Account Manager, and now APMS.

MAJ Mount’s awards include the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, among others.

MAJ Mount was married for 17 years to his late wife before her passing in 1999.  They had five children.  He remarried and has now been married to his current wife for almost 18 years.  He is a devout husband and proud father and very active with his church family.

Mr. Bruce D. Bradley


Mr. Bradley

Mr. Bradley is currently serving as the Supply Technician for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8556, or by email at

His previous assignments include: Logistics Management Specialist, Logistics Management Specialist (Ammo), and Squad Leader, C Company, 1st Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard (TOG). 

Mr. Bradley is a graduate from Ammo Hazmat Course, Six Sigma, Advance Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Unit Supply Specialist Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Leadership Development Course, Airborne School, Jungle Survival Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Infantry Combat Basic Course. 

Additionally, he graduated with an Associate's Degree in Business from Calhoun College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from Columbia College, Columbia MO.

Mr. Kenneth Walden

walden photoMr. Kenneth W. Walden is currently serving as the Administrative Assistant for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8550, or by email at

Mr. Walden joined the “Go Gold” Battalion as an Administrative Assistant in March of 1997 after his retirement from active duty military with 22 years of service to his country. During his career he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC). 

He began his career in the Army as an enlisted Soldier in the branch of Field Artillery and after his initial enlistment changed his branch to administration. SFC Walden entered the Army in 1975. He attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  

SFC Walden's  assignments include Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; United States Army Detachment, Izmir, Turkey; Headquarters and Headquarters Company Division Support Command, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Headquarters Company, 8th United States Army, Yongsan, Korea; 86th Evacuation Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; United States Army MEDDAC, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 23rd Area Support Group, Camp Humphreys, Korea and Vanderbilt University Army ROTC Detachment, Nashville, Tennessee.    

His military schooling includes the Inspector General Orientation Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course; Senior Leadership Refresher Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Battalion Training Management Course; SIDPERS Unit Level Training Course and Field Artillery Basic Course.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal 8th Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Good Conduct Medal 7th Award.

He is happily married to Thelma J. Walden. They have four children and 12 grandchildren.

In his spare time he enjoys serving the Lord, spending time with his lovely wife Thelma, going on vacations, stock car racing, singing, bowling, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Ms. Sandra Bell

bell photoMs. Sandra Bell is currently serving as the Human Resources Technician for Vanderbilt AROTC. She can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8558, or by email at

Her military schooling includes USACC Human Resources Assistant Course, Leadership Education and Development Course, Joint Clearance and Access Verification System Training Course, Learn Six Sigma (White Belt) Course, SIDPERS Unit Level Training Course, and Army Records Information Management Course.

Ms. Bell has also attended Austin Peay State University for a concentration in Business Administration.

Her previous assignments include: Human Resources Assistant, Military Personnel Services Division, Installation Adjutant General, Fort Campbell, KY; and Military Personnel Clerk, 101st Personnel Service Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.