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.
Robert M Jones IV was born on 20 March 1980 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He enlisted on 6 January 2003. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, 3rd Battalion, India Company as a Private First Class and subsequently attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. After completion of MCT he attended Marine Corps Communications Electronics School (MCCES) at Twentynine Palms, CA and completed 1st in his class for Basic Data Technician (0651) and Defense Messaging System Specialist (0653). He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
In December 2003, Lance Corporal Jones received orders to 7th Communications Battalion, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as a Data Communications Centerman. He deployed to Korea to support exercise RSO&I 2004, then to Thailand in support of exercise Cobra Gold 2004, and then to Korea to support exercise UFL 2004. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal.
In February 2005, Corporal Jones received orders to 7th Communications Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served as a Deployed Security Interdiction Device (DSID) Operator. August 2005 he deployed to Al Taqqadum, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a DSID/Firewall Operator. July 2007 he deployed as the DSID Chief to support OIF in Al Taqqadum and Fallujah, Iraq. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In February 2009, Sergeant Jones received orders to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Communications and Information Systems Directorate (CISD/G6) where he served as the Base Area Control Center (ACC) Chief, Current Operations Chief, and the Communication Help Desk SNCOIC. He certified and served as a “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” facilitator for all of MarForPac. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In July 2012, Staff Sergeant reported to Drill Instructor School Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. After graduating he served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for 2nd Bn, Golf Company for six cycles and also at Service Battalion as the Medical Liaison at Naval Medical Center San Diego Balboa. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
In November 2015, Gunnery Sergeant Jones received orders to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Wing Communication Squadron 38, Alpha Detachment where he served as the Data Chief, Detachment 1stSgt, and Operations Chief. He was moved to Squadron to serve as the Squadron Training Chief and Assistant Operations Chief.
Gunnery Sergeant Jones is married to former Marine Christina Teresa Sedillo on 13 April 2006. They have had (6) children together: Robert Mitchell Jones V (11yrs), Naomi Lee Jones (deceased), Hector David Jones (6yrs), Joseph Matthew Jones (6yrs), Anthony Carl Jones (3yrs), and Carissa Hara Jones (1yr).
Aviation Officer Instructor Cornell University NROTC program
Lieutenant Tyler Trainor was raised in Pasadena, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and his commission in May, 2014. Following graduation, Lieutenant Trainor reported to Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API). Upon completion of API, he reported to VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field for primary flight training and then reported to HT-28 for advanced helicopter training, where he earned his “Wings of Gold” in April of 2016. He reported to HSC-3 in San Diego, CA to complete the MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron syllabus before reporting to HSC-6 in April of 2017.
During his tour with HSC-6, Lieutenant Trainor qualified as Helicopter Aircraft Commander and Functional Check Pilot and served in the THIRD, FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet AORs aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and USNS MATTHEW PERRY (T-AKE-9). In 2018, he was part of a WESTPAC Deployment and flew over 550 hours supporting Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. Lieutenant Trainor Served as HSC-6’s Personnel Officer, Ground Training Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. In July of 2020, LT Trainor assumed his current billet as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science and Naval Aviation Officer for the NROTC Unit at Cornell University.
LT Tyler Trainor is a graduate of the Naval School of Aviation Safety in Pensacola, Florida. His personal awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, service and unit awards. As a Naval Aviator, he has accumulated more than 800 mishap-free flight hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
LT Sean Mansfield is a native of Plainville, Massachusetts and graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School via the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program in August of 2014.
His time in the Navy started as the Strike Officer on the USS ROSS (DDG 71) homeported in Rota, Spain. While onboard he participated in Operation INHERANT RESOLVE and Operation JOINT WARRIOR. From there he went to Nuclear Power school in Charleston, SC followed by Nuclear Power Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY. His most recent tour was aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan as the 1 Plant Reactor Mechanical Division Officer which concluded in July of 2020. While onboard he participated in Operations TALISMAN SABRE, KEEN SWORD and VALIANT SHIELD.