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 precommissioning 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