Captain Erich W. Diehl, USN


 Professor of Naval Science / Commanding Officer Cornell University NROTC Program

CAPT Diehl is a native of Springfield, Virginia.  He was commissioned in 1988 from the NROTC program at Virginia Military Institute.

His sea duty and operational assignments include: USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG 2), where he served as Damage Control Assistant; USS DALE (CG 19) where he served as First Lieutenant and Navigator; Operations Officer in USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71); Executive Officer in USS MCFAUL (DDG 74); and Chief Staff Officer DESTROYER SQUADRON TWO EIGHT (CDS 28).

CAPT Diehl’s operational command tours include Mobile Security Squadron SEVEN home ported in Guam, Mobile Security Squadron TWELVE / Commander Task Group 56.7 forward deployed to CENTCOM, and Commander, Coastal Riverine Group TWO (CRG 2) in Norfolk, Virginia. While in command, his units received commendations for assigned missions during Operations Unified Assistance, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom in both the Pacific and Central Commands.  His most recent assignment was as the Commander, Task Force SEVEN FIVE (CTF 75) / Commander, Naval Expeditionary Forces Command Pacific in Guam.

His shore assignments include: U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) assigned to Strategy and Joint Requirements Directorate (J8), Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) assigned to Fleet Requirements (N8) as SEA SHIELD and SEA SHAPING requirements officer, and Director of Fleet Operations for Commander, U.S. SECOND FLEET. Diehl is a 1994 graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School where he received a Master of Science degree in Manpower and Personnel Analysis.  He received Joint Professional Military Education (JPME I) from the Air Command and Staff College, and JPME II from Joint Forces Staff College. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.  Diehl was presented the Black Beret by the Game Wardens Association and designated as an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on August 8, 2014.

Major Thomas P. Cunningham, USMC


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.


Second Lieutenant Cunningham 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.

He then reported to the I Marine Expeditionary Force G-7 Advisor Training Cell for pre-deployment training with Border Advisor Team 1.  First Lieutenant Cunningham 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.  Captain 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, Captain 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 Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Math from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  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 current professional certifications include 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 gold star in lieu of second award.