Captain Anthony C. Roach, USN
Captain Tony Roach is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduate of Temple University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil/Construction Engineering Technology. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Pennsylvania. He reported to flight training in Corpus Christi, TX and Pensacola, FL, where he received his Wings of Gold in 1996. He received his Master of the Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies as well as his Joint Professional Military Education, Phase I & II from the Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare in 2008.
His operational assignments include; HS-4 in Coronado flying the SH-60F and HH- 60H. This tour included deployments aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), participating in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. He was assigned to CVW-9 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the Helicopter Operations Officer and Combat Search and Rescue Officer. He also deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM while assigned to HS-8 flying the SH-60F and HH-60H. Capt. Roach served as HSC-12 Executive Officer and Commanding Officer flying the MH-60S as a component of CVW-2 and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Strike Group supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. Capt. Roach served as the Executive Office for the pre-commissioning ship JOHN P. MURTHA (LPD 26) and assumed command Jan. 2018 until April 2019. In May of 2019, he assumed command of the NROTC Unit at Cornell University.
His other assignments include, HS-10 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Flight Instructor; CHSWP Weapons & Tactics Unit as a Seahawk Weapons & Tactics Instructor; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, staff in the J5 Directorate for the Deputy Director Western Hemisphere where he was responsible for Air and Land Domain issues within Homeland Defense.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Air Medals (Strike/Flight Awards), 3 Navy Commendation Medals, 3 Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign decorations. During his aviation career, he has accumulated more than 3,600 mishap-free flight hours.
Marine Officer Instructor / Executive Officer Cornell University NROTC program
Candidate Cunningham graduated from the Platoon Leader’s Class at Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia, in July 2005 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 2006. He graduated from The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia in June 2007 and proceeded to the Basic Communications Officer Course, Communications School, Quantico, Virginia in July 2007. Second Lieutenant Cunningham graduated from the Basic Communications Officer Course in December 2007.
He reported to 9th Communication Battalion in January 2008 where he served as Systems Control Watch Officer, Company B Data Platoon Commander, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer (Forward). Second Lieutenant Cunningham deployed with the battalion to Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 08-1 from January to August 2008 and was promoted to First Lieutenant in May 2008. In September 2009, First Lieutenant Cunningham reported to the I Marine Expeditionary Force Command Deck and served as the Deputy Commanding General’s Aide-de-Camp until June 2010.
Major Cunningham reported to the I Marine Expeditionary Force G-7 Advisor Training Cell for pre-deployment training with Border Advisor Team 1. He was promoted to Captain in August 2010 and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Company Officer Mentor and Team Communications Officer with Border Advisor Team 1 in October 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 10-2. Major Cunningham returned from deployment in May 2011 and was assigned as the I Marine Expeditionary Force G-6 Information Systems Management Officer from June 2011 to May 2012. From June 2012 to June 2014, he served as the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School’s Communication Training Center 1 Regional Director.
In June 2014, Major Cunningham assumed command of Detachment B, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 and deployed to the United States Central Command Area of Operations in September 2014 in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command 15.1 and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. He returned in April 2015 and assumed command of Detachment A in May 2015. He relinquished command in June 2016 and subsequently assumed duties as Operations Officer, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38. Major Cunningham was promoted to his current rank in July 2016 and assumed duties as Executive Officer, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 in June 2017. In July 2018, Major Cunningham assumed his current billet as Cornell University Naval ROTC Executive Officer and Marine Officer Instructor.
Major Cunningham holds a dual degree Bachelors in Economics and Math from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently an Executive MBA Candidate at the Cornell University S. C. Johnson School of Management. Major Cunningham’s military schooling includes the Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program, Advanced Communications Officer Course, and Command and General Staff College Distance Education Program. His is a currently certified Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Project Management Professional. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award.