Faculty & Staff

Gonzaga ROTC Cadre


Edward Adams

Major Edward Adams - Aviation

Professor of Military Science
MSIV (Senior) Instructor
Phone: (509) 313-6511
Email: adamse@gonzaga.edu

Major Edward Adams commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Aviation in 2003, and trained as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot at the U.S. Army’s flight school in Fort Rucker, Al. His assignments include duty as an Assault Helicopter Platoon leader, Company Commander, and Battalion Plans Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division from 2004 – 2008; Assault Helicopter Company Commander in the 1st Infantry Division from 2009 – 2011; Assistant Professor of Military Science at Creighton University from 2011 – 2013; Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 2-13th Aviation Regiment from 2014 – 2016; Brigade Executive Officer for the 1st Aviation Brigade from 2016 – 2017; and most recently completed an assignment as an Exercise Planner in NATO’s Land Command in Izmir, Turkey. Major Adams received a BA in History in 2003 from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, and received a MMAS in Military History in 2014 from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, KS. His awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Two Meritorious Service Medals, and the Air Medal.


Damien Thorness

Master Sergeant Damien Thorness - Armor

Senior Military Instructor
MSIII (Junior) Instructor
Phone: (509) 313-6518
Email: thorness@gonzaga.edu

MSG Thorness enlisted in the Army 9 May 1998 in Anchorage Alaska and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, KY. MSG Thorness’ duty stations include Vilseck Germany(1st Infantry Division), Fort Riley Kansas(1st Armored Division), Fort Irwin California (Operations Group, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment), Fort Wainwright Alaska (25th Infantry Division), Camp Red Cloud Korea (2nd Infantry Division), and Spokane Washington (Gonzaga University ROTC). In MSG Thorness’ 20 year career he has been deployed to Kosovo (Task Force Falcon 99-00), Kuwait (Desert Spring 01-02) and has deployed three times to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom (03, 04, 08-09).


Jason Baggott

Captain Jason Baggott - Field Artillery

MSIII (Junior) Instructor
Phone: (509) 313-6524
Email: baggott@gonzaga.edu

Upon commissioning from Texas A&M University in 2009, CPT Baggott was sent to Fort Sill, OK to complete Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course. As a Lieutenant, he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord within 4th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division. While in this unit, he participated in one deployment to Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom XIII. He completed his Battery Command at Fort Bragg, NC within the prestigious 2nd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division. He brings to Gonzaga ROTC a wealth of experience.


Dennis Quirk

Sergeant First Class Dennis Quirk - Infantry

MSI (Freshmen) Instructor
Phone: (509) 313-6523
Email: quirk@gonzaga.edu

SFC Quirk completed Infantry OSUT training and Airborne school in 2005 and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Airborne at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK. While there deployed to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom 06-07 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 09-10. SFC Quirk then instructed at the AIT Platoon Sergeant course located at Fort Jackson, SC. He also served in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 13-14 and the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve 15-16.


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Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alan Westfield PhD - Infantry

Recruiting/Enrollment Officer
MSII (Sophomore) Instructor
Phone: (509) 313-6517
Email: westfield@gonzaga.edu

Alan Westfield served as an Infantry officer for 21 years in the United States Army in the United States, Europe, and Southwest and Central Asia. He earned a commission into the Officer Corps in 1979 and served with the 197th Infantry Brigade, 1st Armored Division, 3d US Army, the Berlin Brigade, US Army Europe, and US Army Cadet Command. He deployed to Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm in 1990/1991, Operation Joint Endeavor in 1996, Operations Iraqi Freedom/ New Dawn in 2010, and Resolute Support in Afghanistan in 2015/6. From 1996-2000, he served as Professor of Military Science at Eastern Washington University. Since retiring from active duty in September 2000, LTC (Ret) Westfield has been a Senior Military Science Instructor at Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities responsible for attracting and developing future Army officers for challenges that lie ahead, teaching the Bulldog Battalion’s sophomore MS IIs, and coaching the Ranger Challenge team. During that period, 359 Second Lieutenants have been commissioned and the program has distinguished itself by earning the General Douglas MacArthur Award three times and representing US Army Cadet Command at the international Sandhurst Competition in West Point, NY twice.


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Colonel (retired) Daniel Sheahan - Logistics

MSI (Freshmen) Instructor
Phone: (509) 313-6524
Email: sheahan@gonzaga.edu

 

 


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Master Sergeant (retired) Henry Alvarado

Human Resources Technician
Phone: (509) 313-6516
Email: alvarado@gonzaga.edu

Henry Alvarado served as a Personnel Specialist for 21 years in the United States Air Force. He retired in 2004 as the Superintendent, Career Enhancement, 92nd Mission Support Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. He earned an Associate Degree in Human Resources through the Community College of the Air Force.

His assignments include Randolph AFB, Texas; Woensdrecht AB, Netherlands; Nellis AFB, Nevada; Geilenkirchen NATO AB, Germany; Landstuhl, Germany; Vandenberg AFB, California; and Soto Cano AB, Honduras.

He deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990/1991 and assigned to the 354th Task Force Wing in support of two A-10 Squadrons. The 354th was one of the first USAF units deployed to the Persian Gulf.

Since retiring from active duty, Henry has been the Human Resources Technician and Enrollment Eligibility Officer for Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities.


Marnie Rorholm

Marnie Rorholm

Office Manager
Phone: (509) 313-6512
Email: rorholm1@gonzaga.edu

Marnie Rorholm has worked on and off at Gonzaga University since 1995. She has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University, an MBA from Gonzaga, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Leadership Studies. She has served as Director of the Mayor’s Office for the City of Spokane, is a military spouse, and currently serves as the liaison between the U.S. Army and Gonzaga University.

 

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