AZUSA, Calif. — Glendora, Calif. resident Major Mark Goeller has been selected by the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to receive the Leo A. Codd Memorial Award for his service with Azusa Pacific University’s Army ROTC program. Only 1 instructor from the 270 Army ROTC programs nationwide is chosen to receive this honor, awarded to the best commissioned officer in the U.S. Army with the rank of Major or lower serving as an ROTC instructor on active duty.
An Army ROTC instructor for the past four years, Goeller says the best part of his role is “the chance to work with college students to mentor, encourage, and inspire them to serve Christ as ambassadors in uniform.” He added, “The history of the ROTC program at APU is unique. We have grown from 7 to 60 in three years. This is a great honor that reflects the great students in our program and God’s hand on this ROTC detachment.””
Goeller’s students also affirm his passion for APU’s ROTC program and the students involved. “He has a lot of determination to help everyone,” said ROTC Cadet Michael Meza, a senior Applied Exercise Science major at APU. “If we have a problem, he'll always do his best to make sure it gets resolved.”
Born in Chico, Calif. Goeller attended Seattle University where he became an ROTC Cadet. He graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in History as well as Philosophy. His military schooling includes the Airborne School, Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Ranger School, Armor Officer Advanced Course, The Combined Armed Service Staff School, and Intermediate Level Education.
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