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Nuclear Power Officer/Submariner (2/C Adviser)


Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday: 1000–1100 and 1400–1500; or by appointment

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 2012 to winter 2013, Lieutenant Montgomery was stationed in Charleston, S.C., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Groton, Conn., 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, Conn., to San Diego, Calif.

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


Surface Warfare Officer (3/C Adviser)

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Monday-Thursday: 1200-1530; or by appointment

After graduating from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wis., in 2008, Lieutenant Michael Balistreri reported to the United States Naval Academy as a member of 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 Adviser, and Assistant Professor of Naval Science. He is also pursuing his JPME Phase I certification and an MA in Defense and Strategic Studies through the Naval War College.

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

Aviation Officer (4/C Adviser)

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Tuesday – Friday: 0800–1200; or by appointment

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 aeronautics and major in commercial aviation. He later participated in Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned in May 2012.  He earned his “Wings of Gold” in August of 2013 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and subsequently reported to VQ-7 to begin Fleet Replacement Training in the E-6B Mercury.

In 2014, Lieutenant 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 earned his Aircraft Commander and Mission Commander qualifications. He was responsible for leading several independently deployed aircrews in operations supporting various USSTRATCOM missions and exercises. His collateral duties included Aircraft Division Officer, Operations Administration Officer, Deployed Schedules Officer and Flight Schedules Officer.

In February of 2017, Lieutenant Poach was assigned to Marquette University NROTC where he presently serves as the staff aviation representative, the Freshman Midshipmen Adviser, and Assistant Professor of Naval Science.

MOI (Marine Option Adviser)

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Tuesday – Friday: 0900–1400; 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 U.S. Consulate Shanghai, China; the U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile; and as the Assistant Detachment Commander at U.S. 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, N.C., from 2010–2013, where he served as a Company Executive Officer, deployed to Afghanistan as an Intelligence Adviser 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 adviser, assistant professor of naval science, and NROTC Operations Officer.

AMOI (Assistant Marine Option Instructor)

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Monday – Friday: 0800–1600; or by appointment

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

Gay enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2004 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego, Calif., in April 2004.  Following recruit training, Private Gay attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Upon completion, he attended his MOS school of Radio Communication at Twenty-nine Palms, Calif. He 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, Calif., 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, 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. 

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

Sergeant Gay reported into Drill Instructor School Marine Recruit Depot 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, Hawaii, in February 2012.  From there Staff Sergeant Gay went on to his MOS chief’s school in August 2012. Upon completion, he was assigned the MOS 0629 Radio Chief. 

In June 2015 Staff Sergeant Gay was transferred to November Battery 5th Battalion 14th Marines in Seal Beach, Calif., 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.  Staff Sergeant Gay was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant on July 1, 2017.  

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

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