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).