Commanding Officer

Office Hours:

Open-door policy, or by appointment.

Captain Matthew R. Vandersluis is a native of Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1990.  He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August of 1991 and was transferred to the VAQ-129 “Vikings” at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington for initial training in the EA-6B Prowler.

Following completion of EA-6B training, his initial assignment was with the “Yellow Jackets” of VAQ-138 onboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) where he completed two WESTPAC deployments and a six-month individual augment assignment to Vicenza, Italy supporting Combined Air Operations over Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Captain Vandersluis’ next two tours were back in the EA-6B.  First as a flight instructor with the “Vikings” of VAQ-129 and then as a Tactics instructor with the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132 where he completed deployments onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as well as an expeditionary deployment to Prince Sultan Airbase, Saudi Arabia.  During this tour he was selected as the recipient of the “SEA DOG FODOR Leadership Award” for outstanding junior officer leadership in the EA-6B community.

At the completion of his tour with the “Scorpions”, Captain Vandersluis transferred in February 2001 to the Naval War College in Newport, RI and graduated with a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Following EA-6B refresher training at VAQ-129, he returned in August 2002 to VAQ-128 for his department head tour, serving as Safety, Administration, Operations and Executive Officer.  During this tour he was awarded the “Commander, Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award”.

At the completion of his tour with VAQ-128, he reported to the J35 plans division at Special Operations Command (USSSOCOM) where he served for 2 years as an Operational planner.  Following this tour, he was selected for aviation commander command and reported to the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132.  During this tour, CAPT Vandersluis led the squadron thru the initial EA-6B Prowler to EA-18 Growler type model series transition.

Following his aviation command tour, CAPT Vandersluis spent two years as the Aviation Officer Community manager (BUPERS-3) in Millington, Tennessee where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of Naval Aviation Manpower policy and requirements.

At the completion of his tour with BUPERS-3, Captain Vandersluis spent two years in Monterey, California at the Naval Postgraduate school as the Deputy and then Dean of Students (CO of the Student Military Element) where he was responsible for the 1700+ all service student body.  CAPT Vandersluis was selected for Aviation Major Command out of this tour and reported in June 2013 as the Installation Commanding Officer of Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

CAPT Vandersluis’ most recent tour was as the Dean of Students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

CAPT Vandersluis is currently serving as the Professor of Naval Science, Commanding officer of the NROTC Unit at Marquette University.

Executive Officer (1/C Advisor)

Office Hours:

M: 1200-1500
T-F: 0900-1500
Or by appt.

Commander Hermann graduated from University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Airway Science: Aircraft Systems Management in December 1989 and was commissioned in April of 1990 following Aviation Officer Candidate School. He earned his "Wings of Gold" at NAS Beeville, TX in August 1992 and subsequently reported to VA-42 to begin Fleet Replacement Training in the A-6E Intruder.

CDR Hermann reported to VA-75, home of the World Famous Sunday Punchers, in April 1995. While attached to VA-75, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf where he flew in support of Operations Decisive Endeavor and Southern Watch aboard the USS ENTERPRISE. En­route to TRAWING-2, CDR Hermann attended the Aviation Safety Officer Course 97-5 from Apr-May 1997 in Monterrey, CA.  CDR Hermann was assigned as the Aviation Safety Officer from June 1997 to June 1999. In
July 1999, CDR Hermann reported to VAQ-129 as a transition pilot in the EA-6B Prowler.  Upon completion of his training, he reported to VAQ-142 Gray Wolves. During his tenure at VAQ-142, CDR Hermann held the positions of Assistant Operations Officer, Administration Officer, and Maintenance Officer spanning four deployments in support of Operations Northern and Southern Watch.

In July 2003 CDR Hermann reported to the Naval War College, Newport, RI. Upon achieving his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies, he reported to USSTRATCOM J86, at Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE. He was the Global Command and Control Ca pability Officer and Program Management Officer responsible  for the design  a nd implementation  team  of the  Distributive Command and Control Network. In January  2008, CDR Hermann  reported to Commander Carrier Strike Group-11, embarked  aboard  the  USS  NIMITZ, homeported at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA, assigned as the Anti­Terrorism/Force Protection Officer, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Liaison Officer, and Tactical Flag Command Center Battle Watch Captain. He participated in two deployments supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM,
ENDURING FREEDOM, and RIMPAC. In October 2010 CDR Hermann reported to OPNAV N98 as the Naval Representative Liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Area, Renton, WA.

Upon completing his tour in September 2013, he reported to the Naval School of Aviation Safety, Pensacola, FL to serve as the Associate Director. During his tenure, he taught courses to Executive Officers and Commanding Officers, as well as Graduate level courses, accredited by American Council on Education, to Aviation Safety Officers on the policies, philosophy, and techniques required to effectively organize and administer a command mishap prevention program.

After detaching in January 2016, he reported to NROTC - Marquette University as the Executive Officer/Professor of Naval Science.

CDR Hermann has over 1900 hours of flight time. His personal accomplishments and decorations include designation as ONW Combat Package Commander and ONW Strike Lead, Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Air Medal with Strike Numeral 5, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Nuclear Power Officer/Submariner (2/C Advisor)

Office Hours:

M-R: 0900-1100 & 1400-1500

Lieutenant Daniel Montgomery was raised in Carroll, Iowa.  He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 2012 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering, from Iowa State University Cum Laude.

From summer of 2012 to winter 2013, Lieutenant Montgomery was stationed in Charleston, SC, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Groton, CT, to complete his initial nuclear power and submarine officer training.

Lieutenant Montgomery reported to USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) in December 2013.  He deployed with USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771) in support of CTF 74 operations in the Western Pacific in April 2015 as the Assistant Operations Officer.  Upon returning to ALEXANDRIA, Lieutenant Montgomery led Auxiliary division as Damage Control Assistant and later Communication Division as the Communications Officer.  His collateral duties included Quality Assurance Officer, SCUBA Diving Officer, and Midshipmen Training Officer.  The highlight of his tour on ALEXEANDRIA was the completion of an Engineered Overhaul followed by an inter-fleet transfer from Groton, CT to San Diego, CA.

Lieutenant Montgomery’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various unit and campaign awards.

Surface Warfare Officer (3/C Advisor)

Office Hours:

Monday:  1230-1400
Tuesday:  1300-1400
Wednesday: 1100-1200

Thursday: 1300-1500

Or by appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointment is preferred.

After graduating from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2008, Lieutenant Michael Balistreri reported to the United States Naval Academy as a member or the class of 2012, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English (Honors) and was commissioned into the Surface Warfare community.

For his first sea-duty, he selected the USS CARNEY (DDG 64) in Mayport, Florida, where he served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and subsequently as the Communications Officer and EKMS Manager. His second at-sea assignment was as Navigator and Admin Officer on the USS LABOON (DDG 58), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. He has deployed three times to the 6th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, to include the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman.

He is presently assigned to Marquette University’s Naval ROTC program as the Surface Warfare representative on staff, the Third-Class Midshipmen Advisor, and Assistant Professor of Naval Science. He is also pursuing an MA in English at Marquette University.

LT Balistreri has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards. 

Aviation Officer (4/C Advisor)

Office Hours:

T-F: 0900-1200; or by appointment.
Open-door policy, w
alk-ins are welcome.

Lieutenant Tanner Poach is a proud Minnesota native and graduate of the University of North Dakota. While attending UND, he earned several flight ratings and certifications including his CFI and CFII. In December 2011 he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Aviation. He was later commissioned in May of 2012 following Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.  He earned his “Wings of Gold” in Aug 2013 at NAS Corpus Christi, TX and subsequently reported to VQ-7 to begin Fleet Replacement Training in the E-6B Mercury.

In 2014, LT Poach was assigned to the “Shadows” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four (VQ-4) at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. During his tour, he achieved his Aircraft Commander and Mission Commander qualifications. He also led several independently deployed aircrews in operations supporting various USSTRATCOM missions and exercises. His collateral duties included Aircraft Division Officer, Operations Admin Officer, Deployed Schedules Officer, and Flight Officer. In February 2017, LT Poach was assigned to Marquette NROTC where he is an Assistant Professor of Naval Science and the freshman midshipmen advisor.

MOI (Marine Option Advisor)

Office Hours:

T-F: 0900-1500
Or by appointment.

Captain Benjamin George enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2001. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June 2009 after graduating from Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

While enlisted, Captain George served as a public affairs specialist in Okinawa, Japan, and as an Embassy Security Guard at the US Consulate Shanghai, China; the US Embassy Santiago, Chile; and as the Assistant Detachment Commander at US Interests Section Havana, Cuba.

After earning his commission, Captain George completed The Basic School and the Signals Intelligence Officer Course.  As a SIGINT Officer, Captain George was assigned to 2d Radio Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC, from 2010-2013, where he served as a Company Executive Officer, deployed to Afghanistan as an Intelligence Advisor to the Afghan Border Police, served as a platoon commander, deployed as the OIC for a SIGINT Support Detachment to Guatemala, and served as a Company Commander.

In June 2013, Captain George reported to Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain, where he served as the Regional Analysis OIC under the N-2.  While there, Captain George was selected to attend resident Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) in Quantico from July 2014 – May 2015.  Following EWS graduation, Captain George reported to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Command Element, where he served two years as the Assistant Intelligence Officer and executed the WESTPAC 16-2 deployment aboard USS MAKIN ISLAND.

Captain George is currently assigned as the Marine-Option Midshipmen Advisor, Assistant Professor of Naval Science, and NROTC Operations Officer.


Office Hours:

M-F: 0800-1600

Gunnery Sergeant Gay serves as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI) for the NROTC program at Marquette University, Wisconsin.

Zackary Gay enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2004 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego, CA in April 2004.  Following recruit training; Private Gay attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Ca. Upon completion, Private Gay attended his MOS school of Radio Communication at Twenty-nine Palms Ca. Private Gay was promoted to the rank of Private First Class in May 2004.

Upon completion, he was assigned the MOS 0621 field radio operator.  Private First Class Gay was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in May 2004 for finishing number one in his MOS school.  Lance Corporal Gay reported to 1st Battalion 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA, as a Field Radio Operator. 

Lance Corporal Gay deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2-2 from May 2004 to February 2005.  Upon return back to Camp Pendleton, CA Lance Corporal Gay was promoted to the rank of Corporal.  Corporal Gay deployed on a WESTPAC with 1st Battalion 4th Marines from May 2006 until November 2006. 

February 2007, Corporal Gay received orders to Headquarters Battalion Camp Pendleton CA.  Corporal Gay was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 2007.  He was assigned as the platoon sergeant and Headquarters Commanding Officer for 7 months.  While there Sergeant Gay received orders to Drill Instructor School San Diego, CA.

Sergeant Gay reported into Drill Instructor School Marine Recruit Depot San Diego, CA in August 2008.  Upon completion, he was assigned a secondary MOS of 0911.  Sergeant Gay was assigned to 2nd Battalion Fox Company where he served as a Drill Instructor, Experienced Drill Instructor, and Senior Drill Instructor.  Sergeant Gay was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in February 2012.

Upon Completion of his Drill Instructor tour, Staff Sergeant Gay received orders to Headquarters Company, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Kaneohe Bay, HI in February 2012.  From there Staff Sergeant Gay went on to his MOS chief’s school at Twenty-nine Palms, Ca August 2012.  Upon completion, he was assigned the MOS 0629 Radio Chief. 

June 2015, Staff Sergeant Gay was transferred to November Battery 5th Battalion 14th Marines in Seal Beach, CA where he served as an Inspector Instructor and Communications Chief for Battery N.

In June 2017, Staff Sergeant Gay was selected to serve as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI) for the NROTC program at Marquette University, Wisconsin.  Staff Sergeant Gay was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant on July 1, 2017.  

Gunnery Sergeant Gay personal decorations include:  Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.



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