San Diego State University

ROTC Cadre on SDSU’s Campus

Lieutenant Colonel Scot Hodgdon

Professor of Military Science

Phone:(619) 594-1231

LTC Scot Hodgdon was born in Brattleboro, Vermont. He received his commission from Norwich University in 1992. LTC Hodgdon’s military education includes Airborne School, Aviation Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, Aviation Officers Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Security Assistance Officer Course, and the Air Force Command and Staff College. He is a Distinguished Graduate from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Distinguished Graduate from the USAF Air University with a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science.

Lieutenant Colonel Hodgdon’s assignments include duty with the 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment (Fort Bragg); 1st Battalion, 2nd Attack Helicopter Regiment, 2d Infantry Division (Korea); 1st Battalion, 3rd Attack Helicopter Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, (Fort Stewart); 21st Cavalry Brigade, III Corps (Fort Hood); Office of Military Cooperation (OMC), U.S. Embassy (Egypt); 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, (Fort Carson); and United States Army Pacific (Fort Shafter). His duty positions include: Aero Scout Platoon Leader; Attack Platoon Leader; Regimental Air Operations Officer (S3); Battalion Logistics Officer (S4); Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC); Battalion Assistant Operations Officer (S3); Combat Aviation Training Team (CATT) Chief; Brigade Operations Officer (S3); Security Assistance Officer (SAO) for Army Aviation Programs; Aviation Deputy, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Division; Deputy Team Chief of a Stability Transition Team; G33 Current Operations Chief at United States Army Pacific (USARPAC); G3 of the USARPAC Contingency Command Post; Chief of Staff for the Theater JFLCC Coordination Center for a 4-Star Headquarters. In 2015, LTC Hodgdon was board-selected to be the Professor of Military Science for the Aztec Army ROTC Program at San Diego State University. LTC Hodgdon has multiple overseas tours and training iterations with more than 30 international allies and partners. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND).

Lieutenant Colonel Hodgdon’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2), Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (U.S. Embassy- Cairo), Meritorious Unit Citation (Operation Iraqi Freedom), Senior Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge. He is a qualified Aviator in the following rotary-wing aircraft: AH-64D Longbow Apache, AH-64A Apache, OH-58 Kiowa, and UH-1 Iroquois.

He is married to Lieutenant Commander Stefanie Hodgdon, who is serving with the United States Coast Guard, Sector San Diego. They have a 3 year old son named Jacob.

MSG Ricardo I. Solis

Senior Military Instructor

MSG Solis is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He began his service to the United States Army on 7 September 1998. MSG Solis’ assignments include Fort Bliss, Texas; Wiesbaden, Germany; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Benning, Georgia.

MSG Solis has served in duty positions including: Rifleman, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapon Squad Leader, Senior Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant. He has three combat deployments in support of OIF and OEF: Two to Iraq (2003-2004, 2007-2008), and a third to Afghanistan (2012-2013). MSG Solis currently serves as the Senior Military Instructor for the San Diego State University Army ROTC program.

MSG Solis’ military and civilian education include: all NCOES’ up to the Senior Leader Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Total Army Instructor Course, Air Assault Course, Airborne Course, Modern Army Combative Course Levels 1 & 2, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Battle Staff Course, the Fort Bliss Commander/First Sergeant Course, Combat Live Saver Course, and USACC Cadre Faculty Development Course. He is currently 15 credit hours from earning his BA in Organizational Leadership and Leadership Development through the University of Louisville.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Naval Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommission Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), the NATO Medal, German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship (Bronze Award), Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

MSG Solis is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice, as well as the covenant Aubrey “Red” Newman award.

MSG Solis is married and has one child.