Staff

Captain Tony Rodriguez, USN

Commanding Officer

Captain Tony Rodriguez, a native of El Paso, Texas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He earned his aviator wings in 1997 and completed fleet replacement training at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) in San Diego, before being assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) in Yigo, Guam. His first sea tour flying the CH-46 included deployments on the USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) as Division Officer and USNS Flint (T-AE 32) where he served as detachment Assistant Officer-in-Charge.

In 2001, he reported as Flag Aide to Commander U.S. Naval Forces Marianas/ U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Regional Coordinator and PACOM representative for Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. After completing MH-60S Knighthawk training in 2004, Captain Rodriguez reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC-28) and helped transition the squadron from CH-46 Flight Operations to MH-60S Flight Operations.

In 2006, Captain Rodriguez reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC-22) and deployed aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) as Officer-in-Charge of HSC-22’s first detachment. He continued to serve as Operations and Maintenance Officer before transferring to the United States Naval War College in 2009. In 2013, he took command of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC-26) and in 2014 he reported to FIFTH FLEET as the Expeditionary Helo Boss. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Directorate Coordinator for Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, a NATO Center of Excellence. He served as the executive officer for PCU Portland and took command of USS Portland in September 2018. He was the Chief Of Staff for Expeditionary Strike Group THREE before taking command of Amphibious Squadron FIVE in June of 2020.

In Aug 2022 he assumed the duties as Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC) Atlanta Consortium comprising the NROTC units at both Morehouse College and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Captain Rodriguez received a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and his awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), and Navy Achievement Medal.


Major Myron J. Thomas, USMC

Executive Officer/Marine Officer Instructor

Major Myron J. Thomas was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up there and also in St. Louis, Missouri.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1999, and attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California. After graduation in November of 1999, Major Thomas attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California, and then reported to Financial Management School in Camp Johnson, North Carolina.

Upon graduation, Major Thomas reported to 2D Force Service Support Group where he served as a fiscal budget technician and comptroller until 2003. From 2003 to 2005, Major Thomas served as a Financial Manager and Resource Analyst at the Marine Corps Mobilization Command and subsequently at Defense Finance and Accounting Services, Kansas City, Missouri. In his subsequent assignment, Major Thomas served as the Regional Account Manager for Reserve Financial Affairs and as the physical training and martial arts instructor for the Mobilization Command.

     Following his duty at Marine Corps Mobilization Command and Defense Finance and Accounting Services, Major Thomas was ordered to 3rd Marines Regiment and served as the Financial Analyst and Budget Chief for the Regiment from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Major Thomas departed for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program.

     Major Thomas was assigned as a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program from 2007-2010. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelors in Finance, he attended The Basic School and subsequently Infantry Officer’s Course. In October 2011 he reported to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, and was assigned as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer for Company C. During this tour, he completed two deployments to Sangin, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

     From August 2014 to April 2017, he served as the Company Commander for Company B, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West in Camp Pendleton, California. Upon his relief in 2017, Major Thomas was transferred to 2D Battalion, 1st Marines for duty as the Headquarters and Service Company Commander. Prior to deployment on the Unit Deployment Program-West 18.1 to Okinawa, Japan, Major Thomas became the Company Commander for Company F, where he participated in Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei, Exercise Tiger Strike, and Fuji Viper.

     From August 2018 to July of 2021, Major Thomas executed orders as the Charlie Company Inspector-Instructor, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion located in Riverton, Utah.  During that duty he prepared the company to conduct Integrated Training Exercise 4-19 deploying them to Twenty-nine Palms, California and assumed duties as the company commander for several high profile training events.  

     In July 2021 Major Thomas assumed the duties of the Executive Officer Naval ROTC Unit Atlanta Consortium.  

     Major Thomas is a graduate of the University of Missouri in 2010.  His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” with gold star, the Combat Action Ribbon and other personal, campaign, and service ribbons.


STUDENT ADVISORS

Freshman Adviser: LT Ryan Hill | Submarine Officer

Contact:
Email: rhill80@gatech.edu
phone: (404) 385-6305


Navy Option Admissions: LT Kathryn Carpenter

Contact:

Email: kcarpenter42@gatech.edu
Phone: (404) 385-6307


Upperclassman Adviser: LT Stephanie Hoover | Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer

Contact:
Email: shoover34@gatech.edu
Phone: (404) 385-8189


Assistant Marine Officer Instructor: GySgt Dominique Young

Contact:
Phone: (404) 894-8138