Commanding Officer


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

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)

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


After graduating from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, WI, 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 reported to the USS CARNEY (DDG 64) in Mayport, FL, 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, VA. 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 pursuing an MA in English from 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

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.


Captain George, USMC

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.



Gunnery Sergeant Raymond Cano enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on June 16, 2002.  He reported to recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California.  Upon graduation, he reported to Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Camp Pendleton, California.  Upon completion of MCT, Private First Class Cano reported to Twenty Nine Palms, California where he received the Military Occupational Specialty of 0612 Field Wireman.

In February of 2003 he was assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18 (MWCS-18), Okinawa, Japan. In March of 2003, Lance Corporal Cano was deployed to the Philippines, Thailand and Korea in support of the Unit Deployment Program.  Lance Corporal Cano was promoted to the rank of Corporal on December 1, 2003.

Upon returning from overseas Corporal Cano reported for duty to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 (MWCS-38), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar, California.  In August of 2004, Corporal Cano was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom-2 where he served as a switchboard operator. In August of 2005, Corporal Cano was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and deployed to Iraq for the second time with MWCS-38 as the Squadron Switching Chief.  Sergeant Cano retuned from Iraq only to leave again for the third deployment to Iraq and retuned in February 2007.

After returning from three consecutive tours in Iraq, Sergeant Cano requested and received orders to Drill Instructor School class 4-07.  Upon Completion of Drill Instructor School he was assigned to 1st Battalion, Charlie Co. where he served as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor.  While serving as a Drill Instructor, Sergeant Cano was selected as the 1st Recruit Training Battalion representative for meritorious Staff Sergeant in March 2009. Sergeant Cano was meritoriously promoted on July 2, 2009.  Staff Sergeant Cano was then transferred to Receiving Company where he served as the Chief Drill Instructor.
In September 2010, Staff Sergeant Cano was transferred to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1st LAR), 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton CA., to serve as the Battalion Telecommunications Systems Chief.  In October 2011, Staff Sergeant Cano was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In addition to his duties, Staff Sergeant Cano simultaneously held the billets of Platoon Sergeant, Battalion EKMS Manager, and Battalion Uniformed Victim Advocate.

In September 2013, Staff Sergeant Cano was transferred to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan to serve as Telecommunications Systems Chief and EKMS Local Element Manager. While in Okinawa, Staff Sergeant Cano deployed to Thailand in support of exercise Cobra Gold.

In January 2014, Staff Sergeant Cano was selected to serve as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI) for the NROTC program at Marquette University, Wisconsin.  While serving as an AMOI, Staff Sergeant Cano served three summer increments as a Physical Training Instructor, Sergeant Instructor, and Platoon Sergeant at Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia.  Staff Sergeant Cano was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant on August 1, 2015.

Gunnery Sergeant Cano’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 3rd award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from National University, and is currently pursuing a second Masters degree in Business Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University.


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