CPT Charles Gatlin (ret) was born in Opelika, Alabama. He enlisted in the Army Infantry in 1998 and served in the 3rd U.S Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Alpha Company (Commander-in-Chief’s Guard) until 2002. After reaching the rank of E-5, he applied for and was accepted into the Green to Gold Program at the University of Montana. He commissioned a 2LT of Infantry in 2004, graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a BA in History.
CPT Gatlin’s operational assignments include Operation Noble Eagle and 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI where he served with 2-35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Rear Detachment Executive Officer, Battalion S-1, Battalion S-4 and Special Projects Officer. He was wounded while dismounted in a VBIED explosion 28 September 2006 when deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CPT Gatlin’s primary military education includes: Infantry OSUT, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Airborne School and Anti-Armor Course. His secondary military education includes: Unit Movement Officer’s Course, Joint Firepower Course and the Unit Victim’s Advocate Course. Upon completion of service, he attended graduate school earning Masters’ Degrees in Political Science and Public Administration in 2014 from the University of Montana.
Professionally, CPT Gatlin has spent several years reviewing Department of Defense research grants for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and other organizations as an expert consumer reviewer. Active in the greater Montana community, CPT Gatlin serves on multiple boards and committees. He is a sitting member of the 114th U.S. Congress Montana Veterans Advisory Committee, serves as a Trustee for the Foundation for Community Health, and is on the Board of Directors for Montana Wounded Warriors. CPT Gatlin co-chairs the Consumer Advisory Board for the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium and serves as a consultant for the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana. He is also a member of the Study Abroad Selection Committee for Phi Kappa Phi. CPT Gatlin volunteers his time collaborating with several civilian, Veterans Service Providers and other philanthropy and advocacy organizations throughout the state. He is also the Immediate Past Department Commander and current Chief of Staff for the Department of Montana Military Order of the Purple Heart.
CPT Gatlin is married to Ariana Del Negro and they currently reside in Missoula, Montana.