Captain Olson is a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1994. He has served in the Helicopter Combat Support and Helicopter Sea Combat communities with operational tours in the H-46D, H-3, and MH-60S totaling more than 2500 flight hours.
From 1995 to 2000 he served as an H-46 pilot, operationally with HC-6 in Norfolk VA, and as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor Pilot at HC-3. In 1997 he was named the National Helicopter Association Region FOUR Pilot of the Year and in 2000 was named the H-46 FRS Instructor Pilot of the year. His operational area of emphasis was in Night Vision Device (NVD) operations and amphibious search and rescue.
CAPT Olson reported aboard USS BATAAN in 2000 as the Aircraft Handling Officer and Assistant Air Officer. Immediately following 9/11 he deployed in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM where he contributed to BATAAN’s launch of the first air assault of Marines into Afghanistan.
In 2002, CAPT Olson transitioned to the H-3 Sea King for his Department Head tour at HC-2. He deployed to Manama, Bahrain during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as the Officer-in-Charge of a four aircraft logistics detachment. His department head assignments included Training, Safety, and Maintenance Officer.
CAPT Olson then served on the OPNAV staff for the Director of Plans, Policies, and Operations staff as a member of a strategic planning cell. During this tour, he was selected for operational command to a newly establishing squadron in Norfolk Virginia.
Transitioning to his third fleet aircraft, the MH-60S, CAPT Olson became the ‘plankowner’ Executive Officer of HSC-22 in October 2006 and only its second Commanding Officer in January 2008. Under his command, HSC-22 won the Battle Excellence Award in only its second year of operational service.
Returning to USS BATAAN in May 2009, this time as the Air Department Officer, CAPT Olson deployed as AIRBOSS during the maiden maritime deployment of an MV-22 composite Aviation Combat Element. Incorporating new air and ground handling procedures for the tilt-rotor ‘Osprey’, he contributed to BATAAN earning the 2009 Admiral Flately Award for excellence in aviation operational safety.
CAPT Olson’s most recent tour from 2011 to 2014 was at the United States Naval Academy where he served as a Battalion Officer mentoring more than 750 Midshipmen.
His educational credentials include a Masters of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Saint Mary. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (four gold stars), the Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars) and numerous unit and campaign awards.
CDR Hagins is a graduate of the University of California Irvine and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
CDR Hagins’ completed afloat tours as Communications Officer on the decommissioning crew of USS Monticello (LSD-35), Communications Officer/Acting Operations Officer in USS Mobile (LKA-115), Detachment Officer-in-Charge/Operations Officer for Assault Craft Unit Five, First Lieutenant/Operations Officer in USS Dubuque (LPD8).
Ashore, CDR Hagins completed post graduate education at San Diego State University, served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans for Commander US Naval Forces Korea, Chief Staff Officer (Executive Officer) for Fleet Activities Chinhae, Korea, Inspector General for Naval Service Training Command/Navy Region Midwest, Executive Assistant for Naval Education Training Command and Director of Operations, Analysis and Requirements.
CDR Hagins’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Lieutenant Chris Kagehiro, a native of Stafford, Virginia, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Virginia in 2008. In July of 2009 he commissioned from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
Lieutenant Kagehiro completed the Nuclear Power Training pipeline in February 2011 and reported to the USS PROVIDENCE (SSN 719), a Los Angeles Class submarine based out of Groton, CT, in April 2011, serving in various division officer billets, including Electrical Officer, Reactor Control Assistant, Communications Officer, and Assistant Engineer Officer. He served on one deployment to the CENTCOM AOR during 2012-2013. He then reported to Marquette NROTC in December of 2013.
He is currently assigned as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Junior Class Advisor, and Nuclear Programs Officer. He teaches Engineering and Weapons classes.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various campaign and unit awards.
Lieutenant Andrew Berry is a Milwaukee-area native. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1999 as a 2651 (Special Intelligence Communicator). He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii with 1st Radio Battalion from which he deployed to Iraq with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After his honorable discharge in the fall 2003 he attended college at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha and later the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History. He commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island in 2010.
LT Berry’s first assignment was onboard USS CARR (FFG 52) as the Electrical Officer from 2010-2012. There he completed his Surface Warfare qualification while deploying to the Baltic in 2011 and the Caribbean in 2012. Next he completed courses at Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) in Dahlgren, VA in order to serve as the Fire Control Officer onboard USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106) from 2012-2014. While onboard he took part in a 10 month deployment to 5th Fleet in 2013, before being assigned to Marquette NROTC in the summer of 2014. At Marquette LT Berry is the instructor for Seamanship, Naval Operations, and Navigation, the sophomore midshipmen advisor and the Nurse Corps Club advisor.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.
Lieutenant Kevin Walthers is a proud native of Las Vegas, NV. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1996 and became a Fire Controlman, specializing on the MK 86 Gunfire Control System. He was stationed onboard, and decommissioned, the USS Chandler DDG 996 in Everett, WA. He was then stationed onboard the USS Antietam CG 54 in San Diego, CA. After being selected for the Seaman-to-Admiral program (STA-21) he was assigned to the Naval ROTC Unit at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After being commissioned in the United States Navy as an Ensign and assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight school, he earned his “Wings of Gold” in August, 2009. His next assignment was to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA, flying the EP-3E Aries aircraft.
During his active duty time he has deployed to various regions to include CENTCOM, EUCOM, PACOM, SOUTHCOM, and AFRICOM. Personal qualifications include Senior Evaluator, Naval Flight Officer Instructor, and Electronic Warfare Mission Commander. His personal awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and various other decorations.
Captain Matt Davis was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 2010 after graduating from Shenandoah University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
After completing The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, Captain Davis was assigned to 2d Battalion, 1st Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. From April 2011-December 2011, he assumed the billet of Rifle Platoon Commander, Company E. In December 2011, Captain Davis served as Platoon Commander for Combined Anti-Armor Team (CAAT) Blue, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/1.
In June 2012, Captain Davis deployed as CAAT Platoon Commander with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting multiple bilateral exercises throughout PACOM with the Philippine Marine Corps and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. Upon return from deployment, Captain Davis assumed the billet of Assistant Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines supporting several division and regimental exercises before being competitively selected for Marine Officer Instructor duty at Marquette University.
Captain Davis is currently assigned as the Marine-Option Midshipmen Advisor, Assistant Professor of Naval Science, and unit Operations Officer. He teaches Evolution of Warfare and Amphibious Warfare.
Gunnery Sergeant Eakathat Khanthasa enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1997 and graduated Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA as a PFC in April. After completing Marine Combat Training/School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA, he reported to Supply School at Camp Johnson, NC, where he learned to manage basic supply stock control as a clerk. His first duty assignment was to Marine Corps Air Station, Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, Cherry Point, NC for duty as a fiscal clerk. While serving there he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In 2001 Sergeant Khanthasa received orders to 9th Marine Corps District, Recruiting Headquarters, Indianapolis, IN where he served in an “A” billet assignment as supply clerk, and also as the Color Sergeant. Sergeant Khanthasa was in direct support of all the Recruiting Stations and Sub-stations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. While stationed there he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Staff Sergeant Khanthasa wanted to challenge himself and further his career so he requested orders to Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. Starting in January 2005, he went through months of rigorous training and learned the skills he needed to turn civilians into Marines. Upon gradation, he was assigned to 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Fox Company where he did his “B” billet assignment serving as a Drill Instructor for 4 full cycles and Senior Drill Instructor for 3. He then moved to Echo Company where he served as Chief Drill Instructor for 2 full cycles. Staff Sergeant Khanthasa also served as an Academics Instructor with Support Company until 2008.
After completing his tour as a Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant Khanthasa received orders to report to Camp Pendleton, Jacksonville, NC, where he was assigned to 2d Marine Logistics Group as the Supply Chief for Combat Logistics Battalion-26 where he deployed twice, first aboard USS San Antonio and then aboard USS Ponce. After being deployed, Staff Sergeant Khanthasa wanted to make a greater impact on the leadership of the Marine Corps, so he decided to submit a package to become an assistant Marine officer instructor.
In January of 2011, Staff Sergeant Khanthasa received orders to Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the assistant Marine officer instructor. En route to his new duty station he served at Officer Candidate School, where he was selected and promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He has been serving at Marquette since September 2011.
Gunnery Sergeant Khanthasa’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Four Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.