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Lieutenant Colonel Dustin Mitchell

LTC Eric Westphal LTC Mitchell was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1998 following graduation from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering.  His first assignment was with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1999 to 2002, including a deployment to Kosovo. While in the battalion, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer.

Upon graduation from the Infantry Captains Career Course, LTC Mitchell served as an assistant operations officer in both the Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division and 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division where he deployed from Germany to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Upon return from the deployment, he assumed command of Echo Troop, 4th Cavalry (Brigade Reconnaissance Troop) and deployed the Troop to combat in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following command, LTC Mitchell served as a Small Group Instructor, Team Chief, and Course Manager of the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky from 2008 to 2011. He then attended the Command and General Staff College where he completed studies as an Art of War Scholar. In 2011, he also completed a Master in Business Administration at Western Kentucky University.

After graduation, LTC Mitchell rejoined the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas as the Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, where he deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. Following the deployment, LTC Mitchell served as the Brigade Operations Officer for 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

LTC Mitchell’s next assignment was at the Pentagon where he served in the third cohort of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group and subsequently served as a special assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army.

In 2016, LTC Mitchell began his command of 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas where he again led Infantrymen in combat in Afghanistan in 2017. Following battalion command, LTC Mitchell was assigned to Vanderbilt University as the Professor of Military Science.

LTC Mitchell’s military training and education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault School, Ranger School, the Infantry Basic and Captains Career Courses, the Cavalry Leader’s Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Joint Firepower Course, and the Command and General Staff School.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Ranger Tab, Army Staff Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Major Matthew Mount

Major Mount 
Major (MAJ Mount is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science 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.

Sergeant First Class Justin Golding

SFC Golding

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Golding is currently serving as a Military Science Instructor 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 has a Bachelors of Science in Management from Trident University.

SFC Golding has been awarded 2 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.

Sergeant First Class Thomas Kotzgoodenough

 SFC Kotz Sergeant First Class (SFC) Kotzgoodenough is currently serving as a Training NCO for Vanderbilt University AROTC. His military occupation is in the Engineer Branch, Essayons!! He can be reached by phone (615) 322-8552, or by email at

SFC Kotz Goodenough’s past duty positions include: Combat Engineer, Track Vehicle Operator, Wheeled Vehicle Operator, Fire Team Dismount, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, and Military Science Instructor.

SFC Kotz Goodenough entered military service in August 2006. His assignments include Smith Barracks, Germany from 2006-2012, Fort Leonard Wood, MO from 2012-2016, and Fort Hood, TX from 2016-2018. Military campaigns include one deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008-2009, one deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from February-November 2011, and one rotational deployment to the Republic of Korea from 2017-2018.

SFC Kotz Goodenough is a graduate of Warrior Leader’s Course, Advance Leader’s Course, Senior Leader’s Course, Combative Program Level 1, Engineer Explosive Ordnance Clearance Agent Course, Sapper Leader Course, Long Range Marksman Course, Army Mountain Warfare School, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Drill Sergeant School, and National Training Center Observer Coach Training Academy. He is currently working on an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Columbia College and staring classes for his Bachelor of Science in Organization Leadership from the University of Louisville.

SFC Kotz Goodenough awards include: 5 Army Commendation Medals; 3 Army Achievement Medals: 1 Valorous Unit Citation; 1 Meritorious Unit Citation; 3 Army Good Conduct Medals; 1 National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars; Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Ribbon; 3 Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; 4 Overseas Service Ribbons and 1 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal. SFC Kotz has also been awarded the Drill Sergeant Badge, Wheeled Vehicle Operator Badge, Track Vehicle Operator Badge,  Sapper Tab, Gold German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency  (GAFPB), Silver German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency, and the Army Engineer Association Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.  

Mr. Darrell Thompson


Mr. Thompson

Mr. Darrell Thompson is currently serving as Recruiting Operations Officer for Vanderbilt University AROTC, he can be reached by phone at (615) 343-7616 office, (615) 389-3247 cell or by email at

Mr. Thompson joined the “Go Gold” Battalion in May of 2018 after serving as the Marketing and Advertising manager for 7th Brigade Army ROTC HQ.  Mr. Thompson has been with cadet Command for ten years since his retirement from active duty (US Army) with 21 years of service to his country. During his career he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant (MSG). 

Mr. Thompson’s duty positions while on active duty included: Senior Military Science Instructor, Army ROTC (Tennessee Tech University), Platoon Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, TOW Anti-Tank Missile crew instructor, Equal Opportunity Officer, TOW Master Gunner Course Instructor, Squad Leader and Track Vehicle Operator. Mr. Thompson’s assignments included 1/327th IN, and 1/502nd IN, Fort Campbell, KY, 2/29th IN, Fort Benning, GA, 1/503rd IN, Camp Casey Korea, 1/15th IN, Kitzingen, Germany, Iraq and Wichita, KS. 

Mr. Thompson, is a graduate of the Recruiting Operations Officers Course, Human Resources Assistant course, Advanced NCO Course, Equal Opportunity course, US Army Recruiting/Retention course, Basic NCO Course, Primary Leader Development course, TOW master Gunner course, Instructor Trainer Course, Master Fitness Course, US Army Airborne School, and US Army Air Assault School.  Mr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in education.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership.  

Mr. Thompson has been awarded the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Recruiter Ring; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB).

Mr. Thompson’s Civilian awards include, 2014 Brigade Civilian of the Year and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. 


Mr. Robert Hulette


Mr. HuletteMr Hulette is a native of Franklin, TN, and has held a Commission in the Medical Service Corps,  U.S. Army Reserve for the past 16 years. He is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, and has degrees in both Biological Science and Environmental Policy from the University of Tulsa and attend graduate schools in Public Health and Epidemiology at the George Washington University, and completed his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is Board-certified in Biological Safety Microbiology, is a Registered Sanitarian, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management, as well as being a FEMA-Certified Continuity of Operations Planner and Advanced EMT. He completed the ISDA/Johns Hopkins Infection Control Fellowship and was a Volunteer Research Fellow in Microbial Ecology at the NIH.

He began his military career as a Field Medical Officer for the 429th MEDEVAC BN in Savannah Georgia, and then on the Brigade Special Staff of the 332nd Medical BDE. He then took command of the 452nd PM Detachment (ENTO) in Perrine, FL leading its activities through hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Mr Hulette was then selected as special projects officer to stand-up the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group (SE-MARSG), the first unit of its kind. After the stand-up of the unit was complete, Mr Hulette Served as the Commander, HHD, SE-MARSG. 

Mr Hulette was then assigned as staff epidemiologist at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, MD working on both global infectious disease and mental health problems for the Department of Defense. 

Following this assignment, Mr Hulette was assigned to Support Operations for U.S. Army Public Health Command, at APG, MD where he was the Global Continuity of Operations Planner for all Army Public Health Operations.

Mr Hulette is presently assigned as OIC, CTAC3 for the USAR Consequence Management Unit, part of the DoD's primary response to any CBRNE incident Worldwide.

Mr Hulette has served in Ecuador, Korea, Canada, and the UK and is a graduate of numerous military schools including the Military History Instructor Course, the Medical Care for Chemical and Biological Casualties course, the Continuity of Operations train-the trainer course, Introduction to Medical Intelligence Course, Introduction to Military Preventive Medicine Course, the Diseases of Military Importance Course, The Unit Safety Management Course, The Deployment Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance Course, The Military Operations Other Than War course (MOOTW), the Junior Officer Leadership Development Training Seminar, Risk Communication Course, the Environment al Officer Course, the Company/Detachment Pre-command course, AMEDD Officer Basic Course, and holds a basic Nuclear weapons certification and a incident management certification, as well as numerous other courses

His Military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), The Army Achievement Medal (1OLC) The Military Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Medal, and 6 ODT ribbons as well as others, and has received two citations form the Army of the Republic of Korea and one from the Republic of Ecuador.

As a civilian Mr Hulette has worked in corporate, government and consulting contexts primarily in healthcare and R&D. He holds academic appointments at Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College and has published numerous academic articles.


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.

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.