LTC Gary Goodman

Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel, Artillery 314 Wyoming Rd. University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-831-1763 570-205-1820

A graduate of the Army ROTC Program, LTC Gary Goodman has served in the US Army for over 20 years. Initially an enlisted Soldier in the US Army Reserves, he earned a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduating from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Initially assigned to 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, then Lieutenant and later Captain Goodman twice deployed to Iraq in support of combat operations and nation-building initiatives. After attending the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, his follow-on assignment took him to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He soon thereafter deployed to Afghanistan and assumed command of Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery (M777), where his unit partnered with host nation security forces and facilitated local governance. Upon return to Alaska, he assumed command of Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and trained Soldiers in the challenging environment of interior Alaska. He was later selected to attend the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he simultaneously earned a MBA from Webster’s University. Upon graduation from CGSOC, then Major Goodman was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Truman State University in Missouri, where he had the opportunity to train and commission Army Officers. He was subsequently assigned to the 75th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery (MLRS), which included a 9-month rotation to the Republic of Korea. Most recently, LTC Goodman served as the Brigade Executive Officer for the 75th FA BDE before being assigned as the Professor of Military Science for the Fight’n Blue Hen Army ROTC Battalion.

During the course of his career, LTC Goodman was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, two NATO medals, the air assault badge, and the combat action badge.

Natives of central Pennsylvania, LTC Goodman and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of Ryan (13) and Emily (6).

MSG Christopher J. Bowman

Senior Military Instructor Master Sergeant 314 Wyoming Rd. University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-831-8217

MSG Christopher J. Bowman was born and raised in Salina, KS, to Joe and Barb Bowman. He completed high school and joined the US Army in 1997. Upon completion of OSUT at Fort Benning, GA, MSG Bowman was awarded the MOS 11M, Mechanized Infantryman. His duty assignments and positions include Bradley driver and RTO, A Co, 1-6 IN, Baumholder, Germany, (’97-’99); Reserve Component Trainer, 2-383 MP BN, Fort Leavenworth, KS, (’00-’01); Team Leader, Bradley Gunner, and Section Leader, C Co, 1-41 IN, Fort Riley, KS, (’01-’05); BNCOC Instructor and KTA Platoon Sergeant, 8th Army NCOA, Camp Casey, Korea, (’05-’07); Platoon Sergeant and S-3 Operations NCOIC, 1 st STB, 1 st BDE, 4 th ID, Fort Hood, TX, (’07-’10); Platoon Sergeant, B Co 1-66 AR, Fort Carson, CO, (’10-’11); Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant, E Trp, 2/3 CAV, Fort Hood, TX, (’11-’13); G3 tasking NCOIC, United States Army Operational Test Command, (13-14); Instructor, Combat Indoctrination Branch Chief, and Training Officer, 434 FA BDE, Fort Sill, OK, (’14-’18); First Sergeant, C Co and HHC, 1-9 CAV, Fort Hood, TX (’18-’21). MSG Bowman’s Civilian and Military education includes an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College (’14). He is a graduate of Basic Leader Course (’03), Total Army Instructor Training Course (05), Advanced Leader Course (06), Senior Leader Course (09), Master Resiliency Trainer Course (12), Company Commander and First Sergeant Course (’12), Equal Opportunity Leader Course (’13), Cadre Training Course (’14), and Master Leader Course (’18). He has deployed in support of Operation Allied Force (’99), Operation Desert Spring (’02), Operation Iraqi Freedom (’03, ’04-’05, ’08-’09), Operation Enduring Freedom (’10-’11), and Operation Atlantic Resolve (’19-’20). MSG Bowman’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal w/V, Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal w/ BSS, Afghanistan Campaign Medal-CS, Iraq Campaign Medal-CS (4th award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), NATO Medal (2nd award), Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and Driver Badge.MSG Bowman and his beautiful wife Taylor were married in July 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove, TX. They welcomed their daughters Frances in February 2018 and Iva in July 2019.

CPT Benjamin P. Slechta

Assistant Professor of Military Science Captain, Logistics (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)314 Wyoming Rd. University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-831-8217

Captain Benjamin P. Slechta is a native of Hereford, Maryland. He attended the University of Scranton ROTC program and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 2012 he commissioned as an Ordnance Officer. Captain Slechta attended Ordnance BOLC and the U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Basic Course at Ft. Lee, Virginia from 2012-2013. Upon completion of the EOD Basic Course, he attended Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal from 2013-2014 where he graduated earning the EOD Basic Badge. His first assignment was at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served as a Platoon Leader for the 74th EOD Company. While assigned as a Platoon Leader, his Platoon conducted various homeland response missions supporting range operations, local law enforcement, FBI, and various DOD entities throughout the Hawaiian Islands and multiple nations within the PACOM Area of Operations. He then became the Operations Officer for the unit where he helped spearhead multiple real world operations and training events for the entire Company. From November 2016 to June 2017 he attended the Logistics Captains Career Course (LOG-C3) at Ft. Lee, Virginia.Upon Completion of LOG-C3, Captain Slechta took Command of the 734th EOD Company at Fort Bliss, TX. He immediately deployed the Company to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from 2017-2018. While deployed he served as the Senior Mission Commander for all U.S. Army EOD elements operating within Iraq. His Company was responsible for providing direct support to U.S. and Coalition conventional forces, Coalition Special Operation Forces, 5th Special Forces Group, SEAL Team 3, and 1st Special Forces Group Operational Detachment-Delta. After relinquishing Command soon after redeployment he was transferred to the 5th Armored Brigade where he served as an Observer, Coach, Trainer (OC/T) for both the Brigade Support and Engineer Battalion’s as part of First Army. While in the 3-410 Brigade Engineer Battalion, CPT Slechta was assigned as the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Detachment Team Chief. His Detachment oversaw and trained all Mobilized U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units on a three-day C-IED curriculum, which during his tenure covered 7,500 Soldiers. His Detachment also planned and conducted all Mission Readiness Exercises for every deploying Engineer construction/horizontal, route clearance, and EOD unit supporting CENTCOM, AFRICOM, and EUCOM. In July 2020 CPT Slechta moved to Newark, Delaware where he currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of Delaware ROTC program. His schooling consists of the Ordnance Basic Officer Leader Course, the U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Basic Course, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, FBCB2-BFT Operators Course, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon Leaders Course, Total Ammunition Management Information System Course, JTAC Homemade Explosives Course, JTAC EOD Tactical Course, Naval School Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Course, Logistics Captains Career Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Command Post of the Future Operators Course, and the Observer, Controller, Trainer Course. His awards consist of the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award (2nd Award), Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, and Drivers Badge. CPT Slechta is married to Katie Brewington who is a former U.S. Army Nurse, has one child, and two pitbulls, Mia and Enzo.

Mr. Ralph D. Flowers

Senior Military Science Instructor Contractor, LTC (Ret.) University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-831-4837

Mr. Ralph D. Flowers is a graduate of LaSalle University’s ROTC program where he earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1990. Mr. Flowers has earned a Bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Flowers is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College.

While on active duty, he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and acting Company Commander. From there Mr. Flowers transferred into the Army Reserves as he accepted a civilian position with the Delaware State Police as a State Trooper. While in the Army reserves, Mr. Flowers served as an Engineer Team OIC for OCT-Lanes Training, Battalion Command (2/309th Bn-Ft. Dix, NJ), and Instructor for the Command General Staff Officer College.

Mr. Flowers retired from the US Army in January of 2018 with 28 years of service. Mr. Flowers joined the Delaware ROTC team on 18 Oct 2021.

Mr. Michael Lim

Recruiting Operations Officer Lt Col (Ret.), Air Force 314 Wyoming Rd., Rm. 119 University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-399-1130

Mr. Michael Lim is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Air Force ROTC Detachment 330 earning his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1997. He served in a variety of assignments in the nuclear operations, space operations, test, and training communities. In his final active duty assignment, Mr. Lim served as the Commander, AFROTC Detachment 750, and Professor of Aerospace Studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Lim retired from Air Force active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2017.

As a civilian, Mr. Lim has worked for the Veterans Administration and has been a substitute teacher. Prior to his current role, he was a contractor and cadre member of Air Force ROTC Detachment 128 at the University of Delaware assisting with recruiting and training operations.

Mrs. Karine Pierre

Administrative Assistant University of Delaware 314 Wyoming Rd. University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-831-2218

Mrs. Pierre is the Administrative Assistant for the AROTC. She has many years’ experience working in Higher Education supporting a Department Chair and working in the Registrar’s Office. Mrs. Pierre earned her associate’s degree from Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA. She also attended Eastern University in St. Davids, PA where she majored in Organizational Management.

Mrs. Pierre lives in Delaware with her husband and 2 daughters who are in college. She loves to attend her daughters’ College Marching Band events and Cross Country events. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer at Hagley Museum.

Mr. Van C. Trader

Human Resources Assistant Retired Navy 314 Wyoming Rd. University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 302-831-2217

Mr. Sean Bruce

Senior Military Science Instructor Contractor, First Lieutenant Salisbury University 410-677-0275