NROTC is dedicated to educating and training young men and women who have a strong desire to serve their nation.
Commanding Officer’s message
Welcome! The mission of The Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit is to educate and train qualified students for service as commissioned officers in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Located in Converse Hall (just north of Ohio Stadium), Ohio State University NROTC plays a vital role in preparing mature individuals for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.
Your time at The Ohio State University will be enriched with a multitude of unit and university activities, such as the sailing team, drill team, choir, rifle-pistol team, engineering societies and sports clubs. Your fellow midshipmen are members and contributors to the overall university and local communities. You can expect to be engaged and challenged mentally, physically and morally in the course of your multi-year journey towards a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. The Ohio State University NROTC program is designed to foster your development in each of these areas in order to provide the Navy or Marine Corps with officers that are prepared to serve with honor.
The Ohio State University offers a wide range of majors. Currently, the majority of our students are pursuing a technical major. Your Ohio State University degree will certainly prepare you for a successful career whether you choose a full career in the Navy or Marine Corps or if you choose to enter the civilian work force after completing your obligated service.
Thank you for visiting our website and please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!
Whether you have questions or concerns, below is a list of resources that should help address anything you are unsure about.
Freedom of Information Act
Access to Department of Navy records
Official website of the United States Marines
Official Marines recruiting website
Official website of the United States Navy
Official Navy recruiting website
Brett W. Coffey
Captain, U. S. Navy
And Professor of Naval Science
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
The Ohio State University
A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, CAPT Coffey is a 1992 graduate of the Naval Academy. Following designation as a Naval Flight Officer, CAPT Coffey reported to Antarctic Development Squadron SIX and accumulated over 1,000 flight hours as a Polar Transport Aircraft Navigator.
Following a lateral transfer to the VQ community, CAPT Coffey reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) at Whidbey Island where he led multiple detachments throughout the Pacific and to Bahrain. He qualified as Mission Commander and served as the squadron’s Tactics Officer, NFO Training Officer and Avionics Division Officer.
In December 1999, CAPT Coffey reported to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet staff and served as the Fleet Command and Control Officer. He then reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY and oversaw student production and led the integration of VQ aircrew.
In September 2003, CAPT Coffey returned to VQ-1 and served as the Training Officer and Maintenance Officer. He flew missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and led two detachments to Kadena AB, Japan, as the Officer-in- Charge.
In November 2005, CAPT Coffey reported to U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Flag Aide to the Commander. After completing 36 trips throughout the Pacific and CONUS, he transitioned with the Commander to United States Fleet Forces Command. In February 2008, he reported Wing TEN in preparation for his duties as the VQ-2 Executive Officer.
From May 2009 to April 2010, CAPT Coffey led the Rangers of VQ-2 while operating in the CENTCOM, AFRICOM, EUCOM, and SOUTHCOM AORs. During his command, the Rangers successfully fielded multiple ISR capability upgrades while flying in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Following command, CAPT Coffey attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and then served at the Office of National Drug Control Policy as a policy analyst for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Filling a call for a critical occupational specialty, He then served as the Executive Officer of the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center at ONI from November 2013 to July 2014.
In November 2014, CAPT Coffey assumed duties as Commander, Task Force 57. He extended MPRA operations into the Red Sea in support of Operation Resolute Hope and led the successful introduction of the P-8A Poseidon in FIFTH Fleet.
In November 2016, CAPT Coffey assumed the duties of Professor of Naval Science at The Ohio State University.
Captain Coffey has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
Captain Coffey is married to the former Maureen Williams of Manhattan, Montana, and they have four children: Bridget, Kyle, Reagan, and Tayte.
Commander Matthew Bradshaw is a native of Mansfield, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1996. Following primary, intermediate and rotary wing flight training, he earned his Navy wings in May 1998.
After flight school, Commander Bradshaw transitioned to the SH-60B “Seahawk” helicopter with the “Airwolves” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR ZERO (HSL-40) and subsequently was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR TWO (HSL-42). While a member of the “Proud Warriors”, Commander Bradshaw deployed aboard USS MONTEREY (CG 61) as the Operations Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer of Detachment FOUR in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Maritime Interdiction Operations. Additionally, he deployed aboard USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) and served as the Operations Officer for Detachment TEN during Sea Trials in the Caribbean. Commander Bradshaw served as a member of the aircrew that won the COMHSMWL Sea Combat Competition twice, helping HSL-42 to win the Captain Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy and the Battle “E” two years in a row. Before departing HSL-42, Commander Bradshaw served as the Squadron’s Schedule Writer, Assistant Operations Officer and Quality Assurance Officer.
For his initial shore assignment, Commander Bradshaw served as an instructor at Naval Aviation Schools Command, where he flew the T-34 Mentor as an instructor pilot training student Naval Flight Instructors for the VT-10 “Wildcats”. In 2004, Commander Bradshaw returned to Sea. He was assigned to DESRON 31, where he served as the Air Operations Officer for the staff. During his tour he deployed aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation SEA DRAGON in the Persian Gulf.
In 2006, Commander Bradshaw was assigned to the Army’s Command and Staff College. While there he completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I credit and earned his Masters degree in Security Management.
Commander Bradshaw transferred to HSL-42 in November of 2007 and served as the Officer-in-Charge of Detachment ONE assigned to USS VELLA GULF (CG 72). His detachment participated in Counter Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa Region and captured 16 pirates during the deployment. He then served as the Squadron’s Operations Officer, earning the 2009 HSL-42 Officer of the Year Award and the COMHSMWINGLANT 2009 Rear Admiral Allan G. Paulson Officer Leadership Award. During his time at HSL-42 the Squadron won back to back Battle “E” awards.
From October of 2010 to February 2012, Commander Bradshaw served as the “Firescout” Vertical Take-Off and landing, tactical unmanned aerial vehicle Lead Officer. During his tour he also acted as the Assistant Operations Officer for the H60 Fleet Introduction Team and qualified in the Navy’s newest helicopter, the MH-60 Romeo.
Commander Bradshaw assumed the duties as Executive Officer, Naval Consolidated Brig Chesapeake in April 2012. He then assumed Command of the facility in November of 2013. He served as Commanding Officer until May of 2015.
Commander Bradshaw is assigned as the Executive Officer of the Naval ROTC unit at The Ohio State University but is currently serving as the Commanding Officer.
Commander Bradshaw has been awarded the, Meritorious Service Medal (1 award), Air Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit commendations and service medals. Commander Bradshaw is married to Celeste Bradshaw, a 1996 graduate of The Ohio State University. Together they have three sons, Race (17), Gunner (13) and Dax (8).
Major Thesing is a native of Sugar Land, TX. He graduated from Marquette University in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Law Studies. He was commissioned in May of 2006 from the NROTC program. Upon completion of The Basic School in March of 2007, 2ndLt Thesing reported to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL. He earned his Wings of Gold in December of 2008 and was designated a Naval Aviator.
1stLt Thesing selected the CH-46E and was assigned to fleet replacement squadron, HMMT-164 in Camp Pendleton, CA for flight training. After completion in May of 2009, 1stLt Thesing was designated a CH-46E pilot and reported to HMM-364, the World Famous Purple Foxes. In October 2009, he deployed to Al Asad air base in support of OIF 9.2. 1stLt Thesing served as a schedule writer and current operation officer.
In February of 2012, his squadron joined the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Air Combat Element. In September of that year, Capt Thesing deployed on the USS PELELIU toward the Western Pacific and continued toward the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and North Arabian Gulf. During this deployment, Capt Thesing served as the Airframes Division officer, Standardization pilot, and Maritime Raid Force aviation subject matter expert.
Capt Thesing was selected for transition to the MV-22 Osprey. In June of 2013, he reported to the MAG-16 Transition Training Unit at MCAS Miramar, CA. In August 2013, he reported to VMMT-204 in New River, NC for Osprey flight training. Upon completion in October 2013, Capt Thesing returned to Miramar, CA and reported to VMM-161, The Greyhawks. apt Thesing served as the current operation officer, logistics officer, and assistant operations officer. In September of 2014, VMM-161 joined the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Air Combat Element. In May of 2015 Capt Thesing deployed on the USS ESSEX to the North Arabian Sea and North Arabian Gulf. There he supported Operation Inherent Resolve.
In May of 2016 Major Thesing reported to NROTC Unit, The Ohio State University as the Marine Officer Instructor and an Assistant Professor of Naval Science. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Major Thesing’s personal awards include the Air Medal numeral 2 and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award. He is married to Nancy Thesing and they have two sons, Lucas (3) and Benjamin (1).
LT Jordan Buchanan was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio. He graduated from Trine University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Metallurgical Engineering. Following graduation in May 2011, LT Buchanan attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and commissioned on August 26, 2011.
LT Buchanan reported to the USS Antietam (CG-54) at Naval Station San Diego in the fall of 2011 to serve as First Lieutenant and held collateral positions as the Assistant Safety Officer, Respiratory Protection Officer, Aviation Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Officer. While onboard USS Antietam, LT Buchanan participated in Operation Neptune Scissors and assisted with the shipyard repair of USS Antietam to provide a fully operational guided missile cruiser to the 7th Fleet. Post shipyard repair, LT Buchanan contributed to the successful delivery of USS Antietam to Yokosuka, Japan to lead to a successful hull swap with the USS Cowpens (CG-63). LT Buchanan completed the remainder of his first tour onboard the USS Cowpens as the First Lieutenant with the above mentioned collateral positions, concluding a successful Division Officer Tour.
In July of 2013, LT Buchanan reported to Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina to undergo the Advanced Nuclear Power Course. After successful completion, LT Buchanan reported to Nuclear Prototype Training Unit Charleston, South Carolina in March, 2014 to undergo and complete the Nuclear Operator Course.
LT Buchanan reported to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during its refueling complex overhaul in Newport News, Virginia in October of 2014. LT Buchanan served as the Reactor Mechanical Division Officer for #1 Propulsion Plant as well as the Shift Officer for the 84 sailors of the Crew B Shift Team. During his time onboard, LT Buchanan led his shift crew through numerous testing operations as Shift Officer and Propulsion Plant Watch Officer to contribute to the return of the USS Abraham Lincoln propulsion plants to full operational capability.
LT Luke Marshall was born and raised in Dayton, OH. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Personal Financial Planning. He commissioned out of Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI in March 2011.
He checked into USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) in June 2011. He served as the Tomahawk Strike Officer during VICKSBURG’s 2012 deployment as a part of the USS ENTERPRISE CSG to the Fifth Fleet AOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
LT Marshall extended onboard VICKSBURG and served as the ship’s Training Officer. He served as the Assistant Operations Officer during VICKSBURG’s 2014 Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 Flagship deployment in the Sixth Fleet AOR.
He is currently stationed at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Command at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science, teaching Navigation and Naval Operations to Midshipmen.
Staff Sergeant Nicholas Robinson
Staff Sergeant Nicholas Robinson was born on 7 November 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Staff Sergeant Robinson enlisted on 2 December 2003 and attended recruit training at Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego, California. After completing recruit training Private First Class Robinson attended Marine Combat Training, Camp Pendleton, California and Field Wireman Course, Twenty-Nine Palms, California. Upon graduating from the course he received the Military Occupational Specialty of (0614) Unit Level Circuit Switch Operator.
In September 2004, Private First Class Robinson was transferred to 1st Battalion 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 2004.
In June 2005, Lance Corporal Robinson was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal.
In August 2005, Corporal Robinson attended and graduated from the Marine Corps Marksmanship Course and received the Military Occupational Specialty of (0933) Combat Marksmanship Coach. Upon completion of the course, Corporal Robinson was reassigned to 1st Battalion 12th Marines as the Battalion Unit Level Circuit Switch Operator.
In March 2006, Corporal Robinson attended and graduated from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course and received the Military Occupational Specialty (0916) Martial Arts Instructor. Upon completion of the course, Corporal Robinson was reassigned to 1st Battalion 12th Marines as the Headquarters Battery Communications Platoon Sergeant.
In November 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant.
In March 2007 Sergeant Robinson was assigned to Task Force Military Police where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Battalion Wire Chief and Headquarters Battery Communications Platoon Sergeant.
In January of 2008, Sergeant Robinson received orders to Drill Instructor School Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. He successfully graduated nine platoons serving as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for Echo and Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego.
In March of 2011 he received orders to 3D Battalion 1st Marines aboard Camp Pendleton California. While there, he deployed on the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit West-Pac 1-2 as the Battalion Landing Team Telecommunications Chief aboard the USS New Orleans LPD-18.
In September 2012, Sergeant Robinson was ordered to 9th Communication Battalion, I MHG, Camp Pendleton California where he assumed duties as the Battalion Armory Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge.
In October 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was appointed as the Logistics Operations Chief. In June 2014, Staff Sergeant Robinson was ordered to Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton Ca., where he was appointed as the Regimental Data Chief. He attended and successfully graduated resident Career Course Class 6-14.
In October 2014, Staff Sergeant Robinson reported to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton Ca., where he attended and successfully graduated Tactical Switching Chief Course 3-15 at Marine Corps Communication Electronic School Twenty Nine Palms Ca., and assumed his duties as the Battalion Telecommunications Chief.
In March 2016, Staff Sergeant Robinson was selected for Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for The Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Staff Sergeant Robinson received temporary additional duty orders to augment the 2016 and 2017 Summer Officer Candidate School serving in Charlie Company and Lima Company as a Sergeant Instructor.
Staff Sergeant Robinson is presently assigned as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for The Ohio State University.
Staff Sergeant Robinson’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award), and Good Conduct Medal (with three bronze stars in lieu of fourth award). Staff Sergeant Robinson is married to the former Chardell McKenna and has two children MaKayla, and Jaxson ages 4 and 2.