San Diego State University

ROTC Cadre on SDSU’s Campus

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Arnold

Professor of Military Science

Phone:(619) 594-1231

LTC Michael Arnold was commissioned in May 1993 as a Transportation Corps Officer and Distinguished Military Graduate from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. After his initial training, LTC Arnold’s first assignment was in The Federal Republic of Germany where he deployed to support Peacekeeping Operations in Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia Herzegovina. He served in various logistics positions to include platoon leader, Company Executive Officer, and as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General of the 3rd Corps Support Command.

In 1997, LTC Arnold attended the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course at Fort Lee, VA. He was assigned to Fort Eustis, VA in the 24th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Group. In this assignment Captain Arnold served as the Battalion Operations Officer, and then commanded the 567th Cargo Transfer Company. In his assignment as Company Commander Captain Arnold deployed to support Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait and then supported Exercise “Bright Star” in Egypt.

From 2000 to 2002, LTC Arnold attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. He was subsequently assigned as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Upon completing his assignment at West Point Major Arnold was selected by the Dean as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences.

In 2004 Major Arnold was selected to attend both the Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies and earned his second masters degree in Military Arts and Sciences at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In 2006, LTC Arnold was assigned as the Chief of Plans for the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) in Daegu, Republic of Korea. His primary responsibility was planning for the evacuation of Non combatants should the armistice between North and South Korea fail. He was then assigned as the Executive Officer for the 25th Transportation Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade.

In July 2008, LTC Arnold deployed to Balad, Iraq where he became the Chief of the Initiatives Planning Group at the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). His primary responsibilities were planning with the Multi National Corps-Iraq and the Multinational Forces-Iraq for the “Responsible Drawdown of Forces” as the United States plans to reduce its force structure in Iraq by the December 2011 deadline. He assumed duties as the Professor of Military Science for the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at San Diego State University in July 2009.

LTC Arnold’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Army Commendation Medal (six awards), the Army Achievement Medal (three awards), and various service medals and unit awards. LTC Arnold is married and has two children.

MSG Michael Goodman

Senior Military Instructor

Phone:(619) 594-1235

Master Sergeant Goodman joined the Army Reserve in July of 1989 as a 63B Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic. He attended basic training August of that year at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training as a Mechanic. He was subsequently assigned to the 316th Quarter Master Company in San Diego California, where he served from November 1989 until August of 1991 as a 63B Light wheel Vehicle Mechanic. During this time the unit was called upon to Deploy to Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

After the tour to the Middle East, Master Sergeant Goodman wanted something more exciting out of Army so he joined the Regular Army in 1992 as an Infantryman. Master Sergeant Goodman again attended Basic Training this time at Fort Benning, GA., and graduated from Advanced Individual Training as an 11M Mechanized Infantryman. He was subsequently assigned to 2nd BN 7th Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, TX. where he served from 1992 to December 1996 as a rifleman, team leader, Dismounted Squad Leader and a Gunner on the M2A1 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

In January 1997, Master Sergeant Goodman was assigned to 1st BN 9th Infantry Division in Camp Hovey, Korea, where he served from January 1997 to January 1998. He served as a Bradley Gunner and Dismount Squad Leader. He was then assigned to the 1-15 Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga. where he served from January 1998 to October 2000. Where he served as a Section Leader, Platoon Master Gunner, Also during this time the unit would deploy to Kuwait in Support of Operation Intrinsic Action. Upon returning to Fort Benning, Master Sergeant Goodman would attend Bradley Master Gunner School. He then was selected for Recruiting Duty in October 2000 to December 2003 with the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion. During this time Master Sergeant Goodman would win 6th BDE Top New Regular Army Recruiter the year, along with numerous of other awards during his time as a Recruiter.

Master Sergeant Goodman returned to Fort Benning, Ga, January 2004 to May 2006 this time being assigned to the 1-30th Infantry as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant. While assigned to the Third Infantry Division he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2005 to January 2006. In May of 2006 to July 2008 Master Sergeant Goodman was sent to Alexandria, VA, where he served as Research Development Test and Evaluations NCO, for the Army’s Test and Evaluations Command.

In 2008 Master Sergeant Goodman was assigned as the Senior Military Instructor for San Diego State University AZTEC ROTC Battalion. His military decorations and awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (6), Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), Korea Defense Service Medal (1), South West Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon(4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Gold Recruiter Badge (3) Sapphires, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge. Master Sergeant Goodman is currently working on his Bachelors in Homeland Security. Master Sergeant Goodman is married and has three sons,.

MAJ Manuel "Chief" Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Phone:(619) 594-2808

Major Manuel “Chief” Hernandez is a member of the Barona Band of Mission Indian and grew up on the Barona Indian Reservation located in San Diego County. He entered the Army in 1988 as an enlisted Infantry soldier assigned to the 2/505 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, where he deployed to the Sinai as a member of the Multinational Forces and Observers. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1995 and attended flight school at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. After Fight School he was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina as a UH-60 Blackhawk Platoon Leader for A/1-159th Aviation Regiment. Major Hernandez next served as the 18th AVN BDE, HHC Executive Officer and deployed to Guatemala for Hurricane Mitch Relief efforts in 1998. After the Captain Career Course and CAS3, MAJ Hernandez served as the G-3 Aviation Operations Officer for the 8th US ARMY in Yongson, Korea in 2000 before returning back to Ft. Bragg to be the Assistant Operations Officer for the 82nd Aviation Brigade. He then deployed to Uzbekistan/Afghanistan immediately after September 11th to support Operation Enduring Freedom with the 10th Mountain Division before returning to Ft. Bragg as the 82nd Aviation Brigade S-3. In 2003, MAJ Hernandez took command of the Coastal Recruiting Company, Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, CA. In 2005, MAJ Hernandez served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science for the UCLA Bruin Battalion. He is currently serving as the Executive Officer for the SDSU Aztec Battalion.

His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Expedition), Global War on Terrorism (Service), Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Oversees Service Ribbon, Multinational Forces and Observers Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Award and the Army Superior Unit Award. He is a recipient of the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Basic Army Aviator’s Badge, Basic Airborne Wings, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Army Recruiter’s Badge.

He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point and a Master’s of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

He is married and has two children.