NROTC Unit Hampton Roads was commissioned 1 July 1982. The unit introduced tan innovative concept, a “consortium,” to the NROTC program. Under this concept, Hampton Roads is the first unit to offer complete Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at three separate campuses: Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University. The command has permanent instructor, staff, office space, and training facilities at each university, yet the unit and its battalion of midshipmen are integrated into a single command structure.
NROTC Unit Hampton Roads
Commanding Officers HAL J. SUTPHEN
ROLAND B. BESSEY
DARRYL A. STUBBS
R. RICHARD WHALEN
THOMAS S. WEAVER
KEITH H. LARSON
VERNON C. HUBER
JOHN A. BROWN, JR.
KELLY B. BARAGAR
Captain Hal J. Sutphen Captain Sutphen attended Brown University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated from Tuft’s University with a doctorate in political science and international law.
He pursued a career as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer with sea assignments including command of an experimental patrol craft, and ocean minesweeper and an ammunition ship.
He moved to Norfolk to establish and command the NROTC Unit at Hampton Roads. His last tour of duty in the Navy was director of Navy sailing, overseeing the Navy’s professional recreational sailing programs worldwide.
Captain Roland B. Bessey Captain R. B. Bessey is the Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA. He was born in Camden, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University in 1959 with a B. A. in Political Science. He remained in school and earned his Masters Degree in Political Science in 1961.
Captain Bessey completed Officer Candidate School in 1961 and was commissioned an Ensign in November, 1961. He served his first tour aboard the USS Bearss (DD 654) as Combat Information Center and Communications Officer. He then reported to the USS Kankakee (AO 39) where he served as Operations Officer and First Lieutenant. A shore tour followed where he served as instructor and class counselor for NROTC Unit, Columbia University. A tour as Executive Officer onboard the USS Avenge (MSO 423) followed along with a later tour onboard the USS Tillamook (ATA 192) where he served as the Commanding Officer. In 1971, he was assigned as a student at the Armed Forces Staff College, followed by a tour at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington DC where he served as the Head of Service College and Post-Graduate School Placement Branch. Following a tour at Rutgers University as a doctoral student, he was assigned as the Executive Officer onboard the USS Kansas City (AOR 3). He than reported to the USS Pyro (AE 24) as the Commanding Officer which was followed by a tour as the Chief Staff Officer of Commander, Service Squadron Three. He then reported to the Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet Headquarters as the director of Strategy and Policy. Captain Bessey assumed his present assignment in May, 1985.
His personal decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star; National Defense Service Medal; and Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars.
Captain Darryl A. Stubbs Captain Darryl A. Stubbs was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1940. He entered the Navy in 1960 as a Naval Aviation Cat and received his wings and commission at Chase Field I March 1962. Captain Stubbs’ initial assignment was F-8 replacement training at VF-174 and upon completion reported to VF-11 deployed in the Mediterranean (MED) aboard USS Roosevelt. After three MED cruises in VF-11, he reported to VF-174, NAS Cecil Field, Florida as an instructor pilot. After one year as an F-8 instructor, he transitioned to the A-7A when the squadron was recommissioned VA-174 in 1967 and was one of the first pilots to fly the A-7.
In November 1967, he reported to Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government and international relations, two years later. His next sea duty assignment was as catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS America where he made one WESTPAC and another MED cruise.
In December 1972, he reported to VA-43 at NAS Oceana, Virginia where he was Operations Officer for two and one-half years flying the A-4 Sky Hawk. He was instrumental in the creation of the East Coast Air Combat Maneuvering adversary program and the redesignation of the squadron as VF-43.
In the spring of 1974, Captain Stubbs reported for F-4 replacement training at VF-101, Oceana, Virginia and was subsequently assigned to the VF-74 BEDEVILERS. During this sea duty tour, he served as Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer and made two more deployments to the MED, on board USS Forrestal and one aboard the USS Nimitz on her maiden cruise. During this time, the BEDEILERS of VF-74 were awarded both the Admiral Joe Clifton Award as the “Number One” fighter squadron in the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety Award. For his contributions to this effort, Captain Stubbs was designated as the Atlantic Fleet Fighter Pilot of the year for 1976.
In January 1978, Captain Stubbs reported to Advance Jet Training Squadron 24 (VT-24) as Executive Officer and than Commanding Officer. Under his leadership, VT-24 received both the Naval Air Training Command Efficiency Award and the CNO Award.
After his command tour Captain Stubbs was assigned in August 1980 as Air Operations and Plans Officer on the staff of Battle Force Sixth Fleet (Commander Task Force Six Zero (CTF 60)/Commander Task Force Five Zero Two (CTF 502). While assigned to the battle force, he was directly involved in planning and execution of many National and NATO operations/exercises.
Following this tour of duty, he attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island from November 1982 to November 1983.
From War College he returned to Naples, Italy as Assistant Chief of Staff Operations and the staff of Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe. In July 1985 he was appointed Chief of Staff, a position he held until April 1988. He assumed command of NROTC Unit Hampton Roads in May 1988.
During his aviation career, Captain Stubbs has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours and 630 carrier arrested landings. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Management. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Unit commendation, Naval Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device.
Captain F. Richard Whalen Capt Dick Whalen, son of a career Naval Officer, graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1959 and the U. S. Naval Academy in 1963.
His sea assignments began in USS Steinaker (DDR 863) where Captain Whalen served until 1965. Next followed a tour as Executive Officer in USS Middlesex County (LST 983) from February 1966 through June 1968. Subsequently, Captain Whalen served as Operations Officer in USS Wainwright (CG 28) from July 1972 through February 1974. He became Executive Officer of the USS Elmer Montgomery (FF 1082) in April 1975 for an eighteen month tour. In June 1981, Captain Whalen assumed command of USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092), serving there though June 1983. During the tour Hart received the 1982 CINCLANTFLT “Golden Anchor” award for excellence in personnel programs. He reported to PRECOMUNIT Mobile Bay in Pascagoula, Mississippi in August 1985 and served as the first Commanding Officer of the USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), the Navy’s sixth Aegis cruiser, through July 1988. During his tour, Mobile Bay was recipient of the COMNAVSURFLANT Anti-Air Warfare Award; all eight Battle Efficiency Awards, the Ney Memorial Award and the RADM Thompson Trophy for Navy public affairs excellence.
Assignments ashore have included duty as a navigation instructor at the U. S. Naval Academy 1968-71; Assistant Director of Procedural Control and Fiscal Management Division in the Naval Military Personnel Command 1977-80; Director of Professional Development and Surface Warfare Programs Manager at the Naval Academy 1983-85, Director for Manpower and Personnel 1988-89 and Deputy Director of Operations, U. S. Atlantic Command 1989-91.
Captain Whalen holds a Masters Degree in Management from George Washington University. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Destroyer School and the Armed Forces Staff College. Captain Whalen’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and other campaign ribbons.
Captain Thomas S. Weaver Captain Tom Weaver is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and his Masters Degree from Providence College. His service education includes: Officer Candidate School, Destroyer School, Armed forces Staff College, Naval War College and the Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Captain Weaver has served shipboard tours aboard USS Ranger (CV 61), US Loeser (DE 680), USS Horne (CG 30) and USS Sellers (DDG 11). His Executive Officer tour was aboard USS Forrest Sherman (DD 931). In February 1983, he assumed command of USS Trippe (FF 1079). During his tour Trippe won two Battle “E” in DESRON FOUR and two “Hook’EM” Awards for ASW excellence in the SIXTH Fleet. Following his command tour, Captain Weaver was assigned to USS Forrestal (CV 59) were he served as Chief Engineer for two years.
His shore duty assignments include a tour in Washington DC as personal aide to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Officer in Charge of 1200 PSI Mobile Training Team, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport Rhode Island and was Commanding Officer of the Fleet and Mine Warfare Training Center, Charleston, South Carolina.
Captain Weaver served as Commanding Officer, USS Sierra (AD 18) from March 1989 – March 1991. During his tour, Sierra (AD 18) won the coveted Battle “E” Award.
Following his major command tour in Sierra, Captain Weaver assumed command of Destroyer Squadron TEN. In September 1992, Destroyer Squadron TEN and TWO were combined under the Navy’s reorganization plan and Commodore Weaver was selected to remain in a dual role as Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO and Commander, Naval Surface Group, Norfolk.
Captain Weaver has been award the Legion of Merit with a Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal, Naval Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and various campaign and service medals
Captain Keith Larson Captain Keith H. Larson was born in Lakewood, Ohio. A 1965 graduate of Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio, he completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in June of 1967.
Initial sea tours included duty aboard USS Thaddeus Parker (DE 369) and USS Thomas J. Gary (DER 326). Upon completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School’s Department Head Course, he reported to the pre-commissioning crew of USS Bowen (FF 1079) and remained aboard for a two and half year tour as Weapons Officer.
Then a Lieutenant, Captain Larson next returned to Surface Warfare Officer School were he taught combat systems and oceanography to Department Head Students and prospective Commanding Officers. This was followed by attendance at the Naval War College, Command and Staff Course, in the fall of 1975. Other shore assignments include tours as Executive Officer, Naval Recruiting District, Peoria, Illinois and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Tactical Readiness Division (OP-935E).
Sea tours have included assignments as Assistant Surface Operations and Material Officer for Commander-Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWELVE, Executive Officer, USS Lawrence (DDG 4) and the commissioning Executive Officer, USS Wasp (LHD 1). He has commanded USS Gallery (FFG 26), USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17) and Amphibious Squadron TEN. Prior to assuming command of the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC Unit, he served as Chief of Staff for Commander, Amphibious Group FOUR.
Captain Larson’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Captain Patrick W. Hunt Captain Patrick W. Hunt was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina on 13 December 1951. He is the eleventh of twelve children born to James and Geneva Hunt.
Captain Hunt graduated from William R. Davie High School, located in Roanoke Rapids, in 1969. He completed his undergraduate studies at North Carolina Central University in 1973, earning a B. S. Degree in Business Administration. Captain Hunt earned a Masters Degree in management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California in 1992.
Captain Hunt enlisted in the navy on 5 April 1974. He received his commission on 27 March 1975 after completing Officer Candidate School. His previous assignments included: Chief, US Navy Mission, USMILGP Bogota Columbia; Director, ACLANT System Support Center; Commanding Officer, USS Monongahela (AO 178); Flag Secretary, Combat Logistics Group TWO; Executive Officer, USS Seattle (AOE 3), Chief Engineer, USS Merrimack (AO 179); Chief Engineer, USS Trippe (FF 1075); Freshman Officer Instructor, NROTC Unit Southern University; Waterfront Maintenance Officer, Special boat Unit TWELVE; Auxiliaries Officer, USS Mobile (LKA 115).
Captain Hunt earned the following awards and commendations; Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency Award (2 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, and the Sea Service Medal (4 Awards).
Captain Vernon C. Huber Captain Vernon C. Huber, a native of Huron, South Dakota is a 1973 graduate of Iowa State University, having earned a Bachelors degree in aerospace Engineering and a commission as an Ensign through the NROTC program. He later received a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Systems Engineering from University of West Florida.
Upon completion of initial training at VT-10 NAS, Pensacola, Captain Huber was assigned to VAW 120 at NAS, Norfolk and designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1976. He was assigned to VAW 122 in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) an USS Independence (CV 62) deploying to the Western Pacific and Mediterranean Sea. In 1979, Captain Huber reported to VAW 120 as a Flight Officer Instructor, Naval Air Training Operations Procedures Standardization Officer, E2C Model Manager and Assistant Operations Officer.
Captain Huber’s next assignment took him to VAW 126 and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) were he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer, Administrative Officer and Operations Officer. During his tour with VAW 126, he completed a Mediterranean deployment; the majority which was spent off the coast of Lebanon. Following his Department Head tour, Captain Huber reported to the Naval Military Personal Command, Washington DC as the VAW Placement Officer and later service as the Assistant Aviation Captain Detailer. Captain Huber reported for his second tour as a “STEELJAW” with VAW 122 on 26 January 1989, to serve as the Executive Officer. He assumed the title and position of Commanding Officer of the “STEELJAWS” in June 1990. In September 1991, Captain Huber reported to the Naval War College, Newport RI earning a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and assumed command of VAW 120 “GREYHAWKS” in November 1992. In April 1995, Captain Huber reported to the U. S. Atlantic Command as the Chief of Command and Control Operations Division.
He returned to the “HAWKEYE-GREYHOUND” community in April 1997 as the Commander, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Atlantic serving as the Commodore for two years. Captain Huber reported as Chief of Staff to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 8 in May 1999. In August 2001, Captain Huber took command of the largest and finest NROTC Unit at Hampton Roads.
Captain Huber has over 5,000 hours in the E2C Hawkeye. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Captain John A. Brown, Jr.
Captain John Brown was born 17 July 1957 in Winston Salem, North Carolina and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He graduated from Frank W. Cox High School in 1975 and the Virginia Military Institute in May 1979, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in August 1980.
His early assignments included: Flying the RH-53D in HM-16 where he deployed in support of Second, Third and Seventh Fleet exercises and operations (1981-1983); HM-12 as instructor pilot in the RH/XH-53D/E helicopter (1983-1986); Assistant Air Operations Officer on Board USS Nassau (LHA 4) (1986-1988); Placement Officer (BUPERS N433J) for Helicopter Combat Support (HC) and Mine Countermeasures (HM) communities (1988-1990); department head tour in HM-14 where he served as the squadron’s Operations Officer during DESERT STORM mine clearing operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf (1990-1993); Operations Officer on the staff of Commander Helicopter Tactical Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet (1993-1994).
Captain Brown entered the Naval War College in August 1994 and earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies upon graduation in June 1995. He reported aboard HM-15 as Executive Officer in September 1995 and assumed command of the squadron in September 1996.
Following his tour as Commanding Officer, Captain Brown served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Requirements, Readiness and Tactics to Commander Mine Warfare Command until July 2000. He entered the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in August 2000 and earned a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy in June 2001. In December 2001 he assumed command of Helicopter Tactical Wing. U. S. Atlantic Fleet, where he served until November 2003, when he assumed his present position as Commanding Officer, NROTC Unit Hampton Roads.
Captain Brown’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two starts, Navy Commendation Medal with two stars and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Captain Kelly B. Baragar Captain Kelly Baragar assumed command of NROTC Unit Hampton Roads in October 2006.
Captain Kelly B. Baragar was born and raised in Middleville, Michigan. He attended the United States Naval Academy where he received a B. S. degree in Chemistry and was commissioned an Ensign on 26 May 1982.
In June 1982, Captain Baragar reported to VT-10 for initial Flight Officer Training at NAS Pensacola. Upon completion of advanced Naval Flight Officer training with VT-86, he received his Naval Flight Officer Wing in November 1983.
In December 1982, he reported to the “Grim Reapers” of VF101 at NAS Oceana, VA for initial training in the F-14A. In October 1984 he was assigned to “Ghost Riders” of VF-142 for duty in the F-14A Tomcat and completed one cruise to the Mediterranean embarked onboard USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69).
In June 1987, Captain Baragar reported to the Navy Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar, CA for instructor duty flying in the F-5F and TF-16N. He served as squadron’s Administration Officer and Fleet Air Superiority Training (FAST) Officer.
In June 1990, he returned to the fleet serving as Safety, Operations and Maintenance Department Head with the “Bounty Hunters” of VF-2. He completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf embarked onboard the USS RANGER (CV-61) flying the F-14A and participated in Operations “Desert Shield”, “Desert Storm”, and “Southern Watch”.
In October 1993, Captain Baragar reported to the Commander, Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet, in San Diego, CA for duty as the F-14 Training and Requirements Officer. In November 1995, he was selected as the Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Naval Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
In March1996, he reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he completed a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with the College of Naval Command and Staff.
In April 1997, Captain Baragar reported to the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments), Air Warfare Directorate as F-14 Requirements Officer.
In June 1999, he returned to the “Bounty hunters” of VF-2 as the Executive Officer and assumed duties as the Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron TWO on 25 August 2000. He completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf embarked onboard the USS Constellation (CV-64) flying the F-14D and participated in Operations “Southern Watch”.
In January 2002, on reported to the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as the Assistant Air Officer and assumed duties as the Air Officer in March 2003. He completed a 15 month Extended Docking Ship Repair Availability and one deployment to the Arabian Gulf participating in Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “Enduring Freedom”.
In May 2006, he completed as Executive Masters of Business Administration course of study with Troy University, graduating with distinction.
Captain Baragar has accumulated over 3000 flight hours in various aircraft. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Individual Strike Flight Medal with Valor (three awards), Strike/Flight Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
Alumni Biographies Class of 1995 – Stephanie A. Ruen: Assignment as an ENS in USN, NC to Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth Cardiac Care Unit for two years. Nominated for Nurse of the second Quarter 1997.
Assignment as a LTJG to Post Anesthesia Care Unit 1997-1999. Education and Training Officer two years, last year Assistant Division Officer and Nurse of the third Quarter. Second year started on MSN in Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at ODU.
1999 assigned as Division Officer and CNS to Progressive Care unit at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Completed CNS Aug 2000.
After 5 year obligation to NC, transferred to Naval NC Fleet Reserves to the training Department.
2001 to present Contract RN and now Government Service (GS-11) in Post Anesthesia Care Unit at NMCP. Education and Training Officer, (trying to get an official CNS position) and staff RN.
Resides in Portsmouth with her family. Hoping ODU will put together an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program soon. Otherwise, will wait until her youngest graduates from High School before leaving the area for an ACNP program.
Class of 1985: Captain Craig L. Herrick Supply Corps United States Navy Captain Craig L. Herrick received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Old Dominion University in 1985. He received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.
After completing Surface Warfare Officer School, he served in USS Coontz (DDG 40) as Communications Officer and subsequently as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. Capt. Herrick transferred to the Supply Corps and served as Supply Officer in USS Sumter (LST 1181). He later served as Stock Control Officer and subsequently Assistant Supply Officer in USS Acadia (AD 41). His most recent tour was as Supply Officer in USS Peleliu (LHA 5) where he completed a deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and supported the Navy's first Expeditionary Strike Group.
Capt. Herrick's initial shore assignment was at the Aviation Supply Office where he served as Weapons Systems Manager for Communications/Navigation Systems and then as Uniform Inventory Control Point (UICP) Inventory and Financial Systems Manager. He later served at
the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center San Diego as Information Technology Planning Officer and subsequently as the Assistant Regional Business Officer and Special Assistant to the Commanding Officer. He served as Resale and Subsistence Action Officer in the Office of the
Chief of Naval Operations. His most recent shore assignment was as Afloat Supply Readiness Officer on the staff of the Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet. Capt. Herrick received a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Information Technology Management. His thesis on Desktop Decision Support Systems has been published in several management science journals. He is currently serving as Executive Officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center San Diego.
The captain wears the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards). He is qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer and Naval Aviation Supply Officer and has earned five Battle Efficiency Awards with the supporting mission area awards.
Class of 92: Commander Roy A. Drake Lieutenant Commander Roy Drake is currently serving at United States Pacific Command Joint Petroleum Office.
Born in Albany, Georgia, Lieutenant Commander Drake enlisted in the Navy in 1981 as a Nuclear Power Machinist Mate. He completed eleven enlisted years and as a First Class Petty Officer, he was selected for the Enlisted Education Advancement Program in 1988. In 1990, he was selected to the Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Lieutenant Commander Drake earned his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology at Idaho State University in 1990 and his Bachelors in Political Science at Old Dominion University and was commissioned as a Supply Officer in 1992. In August 1993, he completed the Supply Basic Qualification Course and the Joint Aviation Supply and Maintenance Material Management Course. In December 1995, he completed the Army Quartermaster Advanced Petroleum Management Course. He has since completed Master Degrees from Southern New Hampshire University (March 1999) and the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey (June 2003). He completed JPME I at Naval War College at NPS and JPME II at Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Virginia. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community. His subspecialties include Operational Logistics (S), Petroleum Management (R), Logistics Management-Transportation (P), and Supply Chain Management (P). He has 12 Additional Qualification Designations associated with Logistics and Supply.
His tours as a commissioned officer include: Stores/Aviation Stores Officer, USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), where he participated in the NEO operations in Somalia; Fuels Officer, Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Supply Officer, USS Duluth (LPD-6), while deployed, he provided support in the Gulf of Aden to the USS Cole; Navy Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California; Naval Central Command, Bahrain (volunteered to a 6-month tour between first and second semesters of NPS in support of Operation Enduring Freedom); and is currently assigned to United States Pacific Command as the Joint Petroleum Operations and Automation Officer. Current items that he is involved in are Department of Defense Tactical Fuels Transformation, Web-Based Bulk Fuel Contingency Reporting, and Joint Collaboration tools. He will depart Pacific Command in July 2006 and report to Defense Supply Center-Richmond Virginia as the Aviation Readiness Officer.
He is the Resident Advisory Board President of Halsey Terrace in Honolulu Hawaii and was selected as a part time professor at Wayland Baptist University. His hobbies include networking, tennis, basketball, and music.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign/unit ribbons.
Assistant Professor of Naval Science: Jon Walsh, LCDR, USN
I was Assistant Professor of Naval Science Spring 1998 to Spring 2000. I taught courses at Hampton University and ODU. During the time, I also worked toward an MS in Mechanical Engineering at ODU. After leaving, I served as the Engineer Officer aboard USS Maine (SSBN 741), a Trident submarine in Kings Bay, GA. I completed a Master of Engineering Management degree at ODU in August, 2004. Now I work at the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding office at Northrop Grumman - Newport News shipyard. My most recent project has been the delivery of USS Texas (SSN 775), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced submarine.
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
LCDR Jon Walsh, USN
Assistant Project Officer
Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, USN
4101 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Class of 93: LTJG Ashley Fuller LTJG Ashley Fuller enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1992 as an Electronics Warfare Technician. After graduating from A and C schools, he served in two ships, USS THACH (FFG 43), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and plank owner of USS HOPPER (DDG 70), stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.
In 1999, LTjg Fuller was selected for commissioning under the Seaman to Admiral Program and was assigned to the Hampton Roads NROTC unit, Old Dominion University, for training and commissioning.
Shortly after arriving at Old Dominion, then Officer Candidate Fuller, was selected to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
At Old Dominion, LTjg Fuller graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2003, completing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology and commissioned an Ensign. The Hampton Roads NROTC Unit (LT Chris Handwerk) as well at the Engineering Technology department nominated LTjg Fuller for the university’s highest honor, the Kaufman Award. In May 2004, LTjg Fuller was awarded the Kaufman Award and recognized by the Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Vern Clark and university president, Rosanne Runte during the university’s commencement speech.
A summary of activities while at Old Dominion is listed below:
Honors and awards
Awarded the USAA Spirit Award for contributions to school student organizations for the 2001-2002 school year (one award in the region each year).
Selected as the Hampton Roads Navy Recruit Officer Training Corps. outstanding Officer candidate in 2002 (three awarded in the region each year out of 300).
Awarded the Military Excellence Medal by the American Legion for demonstrating leadership in the Navy Recruit Officer Training Corps in 2001 (one award in the region each year).
Inducted into Golden Key National Honors Society (2000).
Awarded the Kovner Scholarship for academic Merit in the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology (2000).
President of the Blue and Gold Society (2001), a student organization with over 50 members that helps members determine if the military is right for them (2001) and prepares members for service as Naval Officers. I have also held the positions of Vice-president (2002) and Secretary (2000). I spent approximately 10 hours a week planning meetings and events such as ship tours, ship driving simulators, and guest speakers.
2nd vice chair of the ODU College Republicans (2002), a student organization of over 50 members that promotes local and national elections (5 hours a week spent).
Active member of the Honors College (2000 – 2002). Members of the Honors College support volunteer activities and organizations.
Organize campus blood drives through the local Red Cross chapter.
Voluntarily tutored students in Calculus through Honors College referral.
Community and professional activities
Co wrote and Vice-president of a new volunteer project named “Project Skylight”, which organized ODU students into a mentorship network. Project was successfully implemented at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in downtown Norfolk and was used to tutor over 100 intercity kids in Math and Science.
While a member of Volunteers for Special Engineering, designed, engineered, and manufactured a leg elevation devise, which would prevent complications due to epilepsy coupled with multiple sclerosis (2000).
Working with the American MAGLEV Corporation as an Engineering assistant on the Old Dominion University campus, utilizing education in major (Electrical Engineering Technology) as well as minor (Mechanical Engineering Technology) courses to help erect the first Magnetic Levitating Transportation system in the United States (2002).
Internships, outside study, research and publications
As a member of the Old Dominion University Engineering Honors College, He has completed additional research in Transmission Networks.
After receiving a commission, LTjg Fuller was assigned as OI division Officer and ultimately CIC Officer in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) Mayport, FL. VICKSBURG served as Air Defense Commander during the JOHN F. KENNDY Strike Group’s 2004 deployment to the 5th and 6th fleet AOR in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF).
LTjg Fuller exercised the Engineering Duty (ED) option, redesignated as an ED Officer December 2004, and admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in March 2005. He has completed one year of study in the Naval Construction and Engineering program at MIT currently pursuing an Engineers Degree in Naval Architecture and a Master of Science in Engineering Systems Design (ESD). He and his wife spend their spare time, what little there is, mountain biking, watching the Red Sox and preparing their home for a new baby girl.
LTjg Fuller is married to Charlet S. Fuller from Pensacola, FL. Charlet graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry. She works as a teacher in the Weston Massachusetts public school district. Ashley and Charlet have been married since November 1994 and are expecting their first child in July.
LTjg Fuller has earned the Engineer-In-Training designation and has been a member of ASNE since March 2003.
Class of 87: Gene Zarrillo Jun - Apr 1979-80 Boot Camp and BT 'A' School, NTC Great Lakes - BTFN
Apr - Jan 1980-81 USS Lawrence (DDG 4), Naval Base Norfolk - BT3
Jan - Aug 1981-82 BOOST, NTC San Diego - BT2
Aug - May 1982-87 ODU, BS MET - MIDN
May - Mar 1987-88 SWOS DOC, NTC Newport RI - ENS
Mar - Jan 1988-91 USS Vreeland (FF 1068), MPA, ASWO - ENS-LTjg
Jan - May 1991-93 Naval Postgraduate School, MS System Technology - LT
May - Jan 1993-94 SWOS DHC, NTC Newport RI - LT
Jan - Jun 1994-95 USS Cushing (DD 985), CHENG - LT
Jul - Apr 1995-97 COMDESRON 31, MATL OFFICER - LT
May - Present USNR, Several units and positions - LT-CDR
Class of 99: Janet H. Day LT Janet H. Days graduate from Old Dominion University with honors May 1999 with a B.S. I was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP) as a Surface Warfare Officer.
After graduation from SWOS I completed two tours on the USS Mahan (DDG 72) as Electrical/Auxiliaries Officer and Navigator under the new Division Officer Sequencing Plan (DOSP).
While onboard Mahan qualified Officer of the Deck Underway, Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of the Watch. Completed two deployments on Mahan and transferred to Monterey Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where I completed an MBA specializing in Manpower Systems
Analysis in addition to Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) phase 1. Currently, heading to department head school and slated to USS Forest Sherman (DDG 98) as Chief Engineer.
While attached to Hampton Roads NROTC had the opportunity to participate in various community events to include Veterans Home Visitations and Monarch Athletic events. I was Team Manager for NROTC basketball team which afforded the opportunity to visit several colleges and universities like Cornell, North Carolina State, Villanova and several others. It was a blast! I enjoyed the camaraderie and ROTC experience at Hampton Roads and made several friends that I continue to keep in touch with today.
LT Janet H. Days, USN
Human Performance Technologist Center for Personal Development HP DET 1993 Tartar Ave, Bldg. 572 Room 103 Virginia Beach, VA 23461-1933 (757) 492-0841; DSN 492-0841 Fax 492-0925
Here is my current information: I live in Stratford, CT with my wife Joan, formerly Schaffer of Fairfield, CT, and my two daughters Corinne, 8, and Haley, 5. Joan is a 1990 graduate of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (BS Psychology). Since 1992, I have been the Asst. and Power Plant Superintendent for South Norwalk (CT) Electric and Water (SNEW), a small
municipal utility with about 55 employees. We recently retired our old diesel generators and are (hopefully) planning/developing a new natural gas- and oil-fired generation plant and associated substation upgrade. I also am the substation engineer, a plant operator, project engineer, and the environmental coordinator for the elec. dept.
After my Dec. 1988 graduation from ODU (BS Elec. Engr. Tech.), I completed Naval Nuclear Power School (when it was still Orlando), then Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY (S3G), then Submarine School at New London. I was assigned to the Pre-Commissioning Unit/USS Alexandria (SSN-757), an improved Los Angeles class fast attack boat. We spent a year being built at Electric Boat in Groton, launching, and then a year doing sea-trials/commissioning.
During that time I also did TDU on the USS Dallas (SSN-700) in the Med during Desert Shield and got to visit Naples; La Maddalena, Sardinia; and Toulon (and a day trip to Paris), France. While on the Alexandria I served as the Torpedo/Fire Control Officer and the Reactor Controls Assistant and we visited Roosevelt Roads, PR (also closing), Fort Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral. After the Alexandria, I served for about a year as the Submarine Squadron TWO (SUBRONTWO) Asst. Squadron Secretary (Admin. Officer) while awaiting a Medical board discharge. There I did PA work, NJP/JAG investigations, Navy Relief fund drive, admin boards, awards and correspondences, etc. I volunteered for this billet since the engineering office had too many nucs and not enough to do. I enjoyed (most of) my Navy time and feel proud to have served. ODU, HRNROTCU, and the USN were the firm stepping stones for my current, and challenging, career in public power. I look forward to hearing from USN/USMC friends from 1984-1988+. Warm regards,
Class of 86: Dave Vosteen, Major Major Dave Vosteen, Class of 1986 (Plankowner). Will retire from active duty June 2006. Its been a good 20 years. TBS Jun 1986, Flight School 1987-1988, designated Naval Aviator Nov 1988, Harrier pilot in Cherry Point from 1989-2003. UDP to WestPac, Desert Storm, FAC at 2nd
Tank Bn, TBS Instructor, OCS Company Commander, 2 MEU Floats (Kosovo and OEF), OIF off Bataan. Currently stationed at NAS Corpus Christi attached to Chief of Naval Air Training as a flight instructor at VT- 22. Have flown T-34, T-2, TA-4J, AV-8B, AV-8B II+, T-45, T-44 (BE-9L Beech Twin). If you plan on going to flight school, drop me a line. I can gouge you up on making it through.
Class of 02: Gwendolyn Major I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I joined the US Navy in 1991 and began my career as an Aircraft Electrician. During this time I was stationed at San Clemente Island and NAS North Island at VS-33 located in San Diego, Ca. Here I worked on S-3‘s and did my first deployment onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). From there I transferred to AIRTEVRON ONE (VX-1) in Lexington Park, Maryland where I worked on the HS-60B SEAHAWK, S-3 VIKING, and P-3 ORION as a maintenance technician and later moved up to working as a Quality Assurance Representative. I was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program prior to my transfer from VX-1 and began my career as a Naval Officer.
In Aug 2000, I began my studies at Old Dominion University as part of the Hampton Roads NROTC consortium. During my time at the NROTC unit I learned so much in such a short period of time. The best part for me was all the friends I made along the way. It definitely helps to know that you have a support group that understands all the pressures that college life can bring. The senior leadership was very supportive as well; they made sure you understood the lesson and were always available to answer questions. My time at Hampton Roads NROTC was definitely a time to remember. I graduated in May 2002, with Baccalaureate degrees in Finance and Accounting earning a GPA of 3.3. From there I proceeded to SWOSDOC, Newport Rhode Island. I reported to my first Division Officer tour as First Lieutenant onboard USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66). In October 2002, I took part in the Sea Swap to the USS LABOON (DDG 58) and served as the Electrical Officer and the Quality Assurance Officer. I qualified as Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66).
While attached to the Mighty IWO JIMA (LHD 7), I serve as the Assistant Damage Control Officer, responsible for training and PQS qualification for the entire ships compliment of 1200+. Overall I am the primary assistant to the DCA, responsible for the training and management of 10 Repair Lockers. I also lead over 75 personnel who are comprised of DC, DCPO and R Divisions. My Qualifications include EOOW, EDO, Ballasting Officer, OOD U/W, TAO and CDO. My long term goals include earning a Masters Degree upon my transfer to shore duty. I will transfer from my current command in February 2007. The Surface Warfare Officer Community is challenging and only the strong will survive. Nothing good in life comes easy and I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. My tours as a Surface Warfare Officer haven’t always been the best, but I have managed to accomplish all of my goals. I am proud to say that I am a Surface Warfare Officer.
Class of 92: RODNEY D. DANIELS
Lieutenant Commander Rodney Daniels was born in Paris, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in 1992 and received a Masters of Science degree from Old Dominion University in 1999.
Lieutenant Commander Daniels enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1987. Following his commissioning through the BOOST and NROTC Programs, he served as the First Lieutenant in USS HERON (MHC 52) from April 1993 to June 1996. His next sea duty tour was as the Fire Control Officer in USS YORKTOWN (CG 48) from October 1996 to February 1998. His department head tours were as the Operations Officer in USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) from December 2000 to May 2002 and COMDESRON 22 from May 2002 to March 2004. His post-department head sea tour was as the Flag Secretary for CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 10 from April 2004 to June 2005. LCDR Daniels assumed his duties as Executive Officer USS COLE (DDG 67) in October 2005.
Lieutenant Commander Daniels’ shore duty assignment was the Flag Aide to the SACLANT Chief of Staff from February 1998 to January 1999.
Lieutenant Commander Daniels has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Three Gold Stars, Navy-Marine Corp Achievement Medal with One Gold Star and various unit and campaign awards.
Lieutenant Commander Daniels is married to the former Miss Bunni Lynn Mackle of Johnstown, PA.
Commissioned May 1999, Old Dominion University, BS in Computer Science
Aviation Preflight Indoctrination from May 1999- Oct 1999
Primary Flight Training VT-4, Pensacola, FL; Oct 1999 – Jan 2000
Intermediate Flight Training VT-4, Pensacola, FL; Jan 2000 –Aug 2000
Advanced Flight Training: N/A
Designated NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICER, June-2001
Fleet Replacement Squadron (VAW-120) VAW-120, Aug 2000-Dec 2001
Deployments OIF, CAG 8, Feb 2003 – May 2003 Instructor, Fleet Replacement Squadron (VAW-120) Feb 2005 - Present
Jobs: Systems Phase Head, ESM SME, NFO Representative NATOPS Consolidation Team
Class 89: Jared A. Keys Commander Jared A Keys USN was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Following graduation from Hampton University with a BS in Management, CDR Keys received his Navy commission through NROTC Unit Hampton Road May 12, 1989
CDR Keys has served on numerous Naval warships including the USS Crommelin (FFG 37), an Oliver-Hazard Perry-Class Frigate and the USS Hayler (DD 997) an Spruance Class Destroyer. During his three sea tours CDR Keys has held the billets of Main Propulsion Assistant, Chief Engineer, Combat Information Center Officer, and Assistant Operations. During this time, he has conducted counter narcotic operations in and around South, Central America and the Caribbean, and combat operations in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf launching strikes against Al Qaida targets in the Sudan.
CDR Keys has also served at the US Naval Academy acting as Head Minority Admission Officer. During his tour at the Naval Academy, he saw minority admissions increase from 7 percent nationwide to 12 percent. While there, he earned an MS degree in Information Systems from Bowie State University.
More recently CDR Keys held the position of Executive Officer onboard the USS Cape St George CG 71 a Ticonderoga -Class Cruiser. During his tour on the Cape, he conducted combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving as XO, the USS Cape St George was the only US Navy ship to launch tomahawk strikes from both the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
Most recently CDR Keys served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Maintenance and Logistics for Commander Carrier Strike Group Two, embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3 stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 stars, and numerous other decorations. In addition, during his first tour, CDR Keys was acknowledged as Middle Pacific Junior Officer of the year.
Currently, CDR Keys holds the position of Executive Officer at the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC Consortium. The NROTC Consortium is based at Old Dominion University and draws students from ODU, Hampton University, and Norfolk State University. Participating students are put through a 4-year training pipeline which upon graduation results in the earning of a bachelors degree and a commission as an Officer in the Navy or Marine Corps.
CDR Keys is married to the former Hope M Quinn of St. Louis, MO. They have 3 children, Jared 9 and Hailey 6 & Jeremy 1.
Class of 03: Lieutenant Junior Grade Keith R. Paquin Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Paquin was raised in the U.S. Air Force and graduated high school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He joined the U.S. Navy in March 1993 and reported to NTTC Orlando, Florida for Basic Training. Following graduation, he attended Yeoman “A” School in NTTC Meridian, Mississippi and reporting to the Chief of Naval Operations staff (N091) for duty in August 1993. After advancing in rate to YN2, he submitted a rating conversion package to Crypto logic Technician Technical and reported to NTTC Corry Station, Florida for training. Upon graduating, he was assigned to Expeditionary Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-142) in Whidbey Island, WA, deploying in support of Operations Desert Fox, Northern and Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia and Operation Endearing Freedom in Kosovo. In 2000, he was advanced to CTT1 (AW) and selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. He graduated in 2003 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a BS in Political Science, geography minor and selected the Surface Warfare community.
After commissioning, LTJG Paquin reported aboard USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) serving as Admin, Electrical Officer and Assistant Chief Engineer from October 2003 to January 2005. During his tour he deployed and surged to the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
He reported to Riverine Squadron ONE in February 2006 for duty as Assistant Officer in Charge, Detachment ONE and graduated for the USMC School of Infantry, USMC Small Unit Leaders and Joint Tactical Air Controller courses.
LTJG Paquin has earned various personal, unit and campaign awards. LTJG Paquin is married to the former Jamie Burns of Houston, Texas, and they have two sons, Tyler and Henry.
Kristen M. Clarke LTJG, NC, USN
Married to Stephen R. Clarke in 2000 (while in unit) Commissioned May 2003
Son: James William Clarke born July 7, 2004 Daughter: Rose Marie Clarke born March 20, 2006
Pregnant, due September 14, 2007 will put on LT in May 2007 Worked as staff nurse at NMC-P since June 2003 EOS May 2007- will resign commission at that time
Class of 88: CDR Craig W. Roegner
Commander Craig W. Roegner is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. He graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and was commissioned through the Hampton Roads Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in December 1988. As a second-generation sailor he was assigned to the USS Ouellet (FF 1077), which allowed him to complete two sea service deployments and serve as the Damage Control Assistant and Combat Information Center Officer. On board the USS Ouellet he earned his Engineering Officer of the Watch; Officer of the Deck (Underway) and his Surface Warfare Officer designations.
After becoming a professional law enforcement officer, he affiliated with the Navy Reserves as a Selective Reservist in 1991. As a junior officer in the Naval Reserves he held leadership positions in several different units. From 1991 -1999, he was assigned to several Naval Control of Shipping units (NR COMSC HQ DET 106, NR NCSLO CARIB/SAMER 406, and NR NCS/NCC/M/N 106); a Military Sealift Command unit (NR COMSC HQ DET 106), and a Bureau of Naval Personnel unit (NR BUPERS 6 COMP 206). Annual Training accomplishments while assigned to these units include: Assigned to the Military Sealift Command Inspector General’s Office reviewed Fraud Waste and Abuse cases and updated MSC Damage Control Manual (1992); served as the Assistant Battle Watch Commander for Unfailing Reach (1993); and completed the Mine Warfare Familiarization School. While on Annual Training at the BUPERS 6, Casualty Assistance Branch from 1995-1996, he developed and implemented the Korean and Vietnam POW/MIA incident database used by BUPERS personnel to track and maintain over 10,000 records. Personally contacted many grieving families, their CACOs, and Parent Commands; served as administrative support and a briefer to the Flag Officer Casualty Action Board (FOCAB); resolved over 25 time sensitive casualty and seriously ill or injured family issues including SGLI benefits, personal property, and death benefits.
Since joining the Naval Reserve, Cmdr. Roegner he was been recalled to active duty for special work (ADSW) on three (3) separate occasions. Initially, he was hand selected by the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (DCNP) to be recalled to active duty, where he served as the Assistant Section Head of the Navy’s Casualty Assistance Section at the Bureau of Naval Personnel from 1995-1996. In this role, then Lieutenant Roegner, filled a Lieutenant Commander billet and qualified as a Casualty Assistance and Family Liaison Watch Officer, where he handled calls from Navy families in the midst of personal tragedies and also routinely briefed senior Flag Officers on sensitive casualty cases and family issues at the Flag Officer Casualty Action Board (FOCAB);.
Subsequently, he was recalled to active duty on two other separate occasions, between 1997 - 1999, where he completed assignments as an action officer for the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Pers-6), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), and for the Commander, Naval Recruiting Command. While working for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) he served as the Protocol Officer and Coordinator for 1998 Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Counsel Conference and routinely briefed the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He also served as the POW/MIA Liaison Officer where he was responsible for organizing the National League of Families POW/MIA Conference for over 500 family members and dignitaries. Also while recalled to active duty, he served as the Pers-62, Divisional Relocation Project Manager, where he coordinated the relocation Pers-62 to Millington, Tn. Then in 1998-1999, he served on ADSW as the Project Manager for BRAC directed relocation of the Navy Recruiting Command, where he coordinated the physical relocation of 302 billets to Millington, Tn.
In 1999, after completing these tours, then Lcdr. Roegner reported to Naval Reserve Destroyer Squadron Six (NR DESRON SIX) where he began serving on the Commodore’s Naval Reserve staff. While assigned to NR DESRON SIX, he completed three (3) Department Head tours and served as the unit’s Executive Officer. Annual Training accomplishment while assigned to Destroyer Squadron Six include JMCIS Watch Officer (1999); Underway Demonstration (UD) and Navigational and Engineering Check Ride evaluation of the