Captain Bauknecht was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Auburn University in March 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management. Captain Bauknecht was commissioned through the NROTC program.
Following his designation as a naval aviator in May 1986, he reported to HSL-41 in San Diego, California, for initial SH-60B Seahawk training. Captain Bauknecht's first operational assignment was with HSL-42 in Mayport, Florida. He completed a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf where he participated in Operation "Praying Mantis" aboard USS Simpson (FFG-56). While assigned to HSL-42, he was temporarily assigned as air officer on the staff of COMDESRON 36 for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in the summer of 1989.
Following his initial sea tour, he reported to VX-1 in December 1989. He was assigned to the squadron's evaluation section as LAMPS MK III Operational Test Director. In this position, he was responsible for the LAMPS MK III integration of the Penguin Missile System. Subsequently, he conducted the first operational test of the Penguin Missile.
In April 1991, Captain Bauknecht joined Carrier Group Eight on deployment on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as Flag Lieutenant. He then went to Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Following graduation, Captain Bauknecht reported to HSL-41 as the training officer. He departed HSL-41 in December 1995 for his next tour of duty at HSL-37 in Barbers Point, Hawaii. He deployed as Officer-in-Charge of Detachment Seven, a two aircraft detachment, aboard USS Fletcher (DD-992) to the Persian Gulf. Ashore, he served as squadron Maintenance Officer.
In April 1998, Captain Bauknecht reported to the Pentagon as an Aviation Program Analyst, in the OPNAV Planning and Programming Division (N80). Following his tour in OPNAV, Captain Bauknecht became a student at the USMC Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. He graduated in June 2000 and reported as Executive Officer of HSL-42.
In January 2002, Captain Bauknecht assumed command of HSL-42. Following his command tour, he reported to the Pentagon as the Head Helicopter Requirements officer on the staff of the Director of Air Warfare (OPNAV N78).
Captain Bauknecht assumed command of HSL-40, the Navy’s East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, in April 2005. Following his bonus command tour, he reported to Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. During this year tour, Captain Bauknecht served as the Director of the Maritime Operations Center (MOC).
In July 2008, Captain Bauknecht reported to Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet at Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California. He served as the Commander from February 2010 to July 2011.
Captain Bauknecht’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars) and the Combat Action Ribbon.
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 Jon-Andrew Anderson graduated from the University of Nebraska and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. His first assignment was as Main Propulsion Officer and Electrical Officer in USS MOMSEN (DDG 92) from 2007-2008. He fleeted up for his second division officer tour in MOMSEN and served as the Navigator/Administration Officer 2008-2011.
Aboard MOMSEN he was certified as a Search and Rescue Swimmer and served as a part of MOMSEN’s Visit Board Search and Seizure team for two Western Pacific and Horn of Africa deployments with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.
At Marquette LT Anderson is an Instructor for Seamanship, Naval Operations, and Navigation, the sophomore midshipmen advisor and the Nurse Corps Club advisor. He is also a candidate for a M.A. in International Affairs.
LT Anderson’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, the Global War on Terror Service and Expeditionary Medal, the Coast Guard Special Operations award, and various others.
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 Randall was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in December 2008 after graduating with honors from Texas A&M University via a four-year Naval ROTC scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics.
After completing The Basic School and Field Artillery Officer Course, Captain Randall was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In 2010, Captain Randall deployed to East Asia as a Fire Direction Officer in support of the Unit Deployment Program—there he participated in multiple overseas exercises in conjunction with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and completed Jungle Survival Specialist training before returning to Hawaii in 2011.
In May 2011, Captain Randall attached to Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines as a Field Artillery Forward Observer and Fire Support Team Leader in support of the infantry unit’s upcoming deployment to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 11.2. Prior to the deployment, Captain Randall’s company restructured itself to serve as the battalion main effort as an Enhanced Police Mentor Team for the nascent Afghan National Police forces in Garmser District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. To support this non-standard mission, Captain Randall assumed the billet of Operations Officer for the Police Mentor Team and managed the operations and training of the 300+ Afghan National Police force for the duration of the deployment. Upon return from Afghanistan, Captain Randall served as Executive Officer, Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines before being competitively selected for Marine Officer Instructor duty at Marquette University.
Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Captain Randall lived and studied in South America, and participated in a direct matriculation program at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina as an undergraduate. He subsequently served as an instructor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University before being commissioned in 2008. In January 2013, Captain Randall was designated a Latin America Foreign Area Officer (MOS 8241) and completed training in Panama before joining the staff at Marquette University.
Captain Randall has published in the Military Law Review and is a Juris Doctor candidate at Marquette University Law School. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and various other awards.
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.