Eagle Battalion Cadre and Staff

LTC Mark Houston

Mark Houston

Professor of Military Science (PMS)

  • LTC Mark Houston was commissioned in 1995 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the Army Athletic Association’s Distinguished Graduate.
  • He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Post-Graduate degree in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.
  • Prior to becoming the Professor of Military Science, LTC Houston served in U.S. Army Airborne & Air Assault Infantry units across the globe. Assignments included the 1/509th Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana, the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • More recently he served in combat on the Eastern border of Afghanistan as the Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) – Task Force White Currahee (OEF X / XI).

MAJ Bret Hamilton

Mark Houston

Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)

  • MAJ Bret Hamilton was commissioned in 1999 from Morehead State University, Kentucky.
  • He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Morehead State and a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.
  • Prior to becoming the Assistant Professor of Military Science, MAJ Hamilton served in various U.S. Army Infantry units. Assignments included the 2/187th Infantry, 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Georgia, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (both 1-28 Infantry and 1-4 Cavalry Squadron) in Fort Riley, KS and Iraq, and 1-18 Infantry (Vanguards).
  • Most recently he served in Africa and Fort Riley with 1-18 Infantry (Vanguards) as the Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer.


MSG Daymond Graves

Master Sergeant Graves

Senior Military Instructor 

  • Master Sergeant Graves brings a wealth of military knowledge to Eagle Battalion. MSG Graves joined the army because he “wanted to do something that my daughter would be proud of, a ‘super-duper paratrooper’, and for job security.”

  • While his favorite assignment was Airborne, his favorite part of the army in its entirety are the friendships he has forged, and he remains in contact with many of them, despite many assignment changes. 

SFC Michael T. Goodson

Michael Goodson

Military Science Instructor

  • Sergeant First Class Michael T. Goodson is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. He enlisted in the United States Army on January 22, 2002 as a 13B Cannon Crew member. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, under One Station Unit Training (OSUT). Sergeant First Class Goodson has held a wide variety of leadership position in the Army from Gunner, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Chief of Firing Battery, and Brigade Master Gunner.  

  • His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Metal( 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) the Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Non Commissioned Officers Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3).

  • Sergeant First Class Goodson’s memberships include the Honorable and Ancient Order of Saint Barbara.  SFC Goodson is married to the former Heather Stafford of Illinois.  They have two children; Alexandria, and Mason.

Mr. Rickey Alexander

Rickey Alexander


  • Rickey Alexander serves at Liberty University as a contractor, instructing ROTC cadets. Prior to this, he served as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer for 19 years in the U. S. Army. He has served in a number of Field Artillery related jobs throughout his career.

  • He has served as a Battery Fire Direction NCO, a Battalion Fire Control NCO, an Operations Sergeant, an Operational Test NCOIC, and as a Combined Effects Synchronization Planning NCOIC. Rickey has served in locations throughout the United States, Germany, and the Republic of Korea.

  • He is a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic and Advanced NCO Courses, the Battle Staff School and a variety of other army schools. He is currently working to complete his B.A. in Education.

Mr. Jordan Scanlan

Jordan Scanlan

Enrollment and Scholarship Officer

  • After serving as the training Officer for both Appalachian State and Liberty University's ROTC's programs for several years, Mr. Scanlan was selected to seek out and select the highest caliber Cadets to add to the great strength of the Liberty and University of Virginia's ROTC Battalion's.

  • Mr. Scanlan is a native of North Carolina, where he spent over six years as a noncommissioned officer in both the Transportation and Civil Affairs Branches before attaining a commission through ROTC in the Military Intelligence Branch. With over 12 years as a member of the US Army Reserves, Mr. Scanlan, has attended numerous Army and Joint training schools in preparation to deploy to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Mr. Scanlan has a great passion for competition and has led two Ranger Challenge Teams to both 1st and 3rd Place Finishes in the Annual 4th Brigade Competition. He has a sincere appreciation for most all outdoor activities and highly values time with his family.

Mr. Christopher Rhoades

Christopher Rhoades

Senior Military Science Instructor

  • Mr. Christopher Rhoades is originally from Missouri where he graduated from Southwest Missouri State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  He also commissioned as a United States Army officer and served 8 years on active duty.  After separating from the Army, he served as Chief Trainer, Operations with Vinnell Arabia and as an Advanced Situational Awareness Instructor with Orbis Operations.   

  • While in the Army, Mr. Rhoades served Executive Officer, Team Leader, Plans Officer and Platoon Leader in both the Civil Affairs and Military Police branches.  He is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic Course, Military Police Captains Career Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, and a variety of other Army schools.  

  • He currently possess a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management through Webster University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University.  Mr. Rhoades’ research work has included illicit drug production, andragogy, human behavior analysis, and assessment center methodology.