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
Captain Cuddington is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and was commissioned through the NROTC program at the University of North Carolina on 10 May 1986. Upon designation as a Naval Aviator and completion of UH-1N training, he reported to the Air Department aboard the USS SAIPAN (LHA 2). After this assignment he transitioned to the SH-60B and completed three consecutive squadron tours in HSL-46, HSL-40 and HSL-48. He then attended the Naval War College and, immediately after graduation, reported to the Joint Staff (J3) where he served in the Deputy Directorate for Operations (Antiterrorism/Force Protection). In April 2003, he reported to HSL-48 as the Executive Officer.
Captain Cuddington served as the Commanding Officer of HSL-48 from June 2004 to September 2005. During this period the VIPERS of HSL-48 earned the Battle “E,” the Golden Wrench for maintenance excellence and the Isbell trophy for warfare excellence.
Following command he served as the Navigator aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) which was based in Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour he was selected to participate in the Federal Executive Fellowship (FEF) program, academic year 2007-2008, at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. His FEF follow on assignment was with the Navy International Programs Office as a division director where he oversaw Foreign Military Sales from the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to countries within North and South America.
Captain Cuddington was assigned to PHIBRON FIVE from June 2010 to June 2013. He reported as the Deputy Commander under the fleet up model and assumed command in February 2012. PHIBRON FIVE deployed with the 11th MEU as the MAKIN ISLAND Amphibious Ready Group/ Marine Expeditionary Unit during this tour.
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 currently assigned as the Executive Officer of the Naval ROTC unit at The Ohio State University.
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).