The staff at Northwestern NROTC is comprised of active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers and senior enlisted personnel. Officers serve as professors of Naval Science courses and class advisors, while senior enlisted personnel use their vast experience and knowledge to help your development as an officer. Our staff members are committed to helping you reach your goals, both academic and military, in the United States Navy or Marine Corps, offering personalized training, counseling, and advising at each step along the way, starting the minute you contact us.
Captain Brian Koehr
Captain Brian D. Koehr, USN
Captain Brian D. Koehr, born in Newfoundland, Canada and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, was commissioned an Ensign through the United States Navy Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Notre Dame in 1988 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training in June 1988 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1990.
His first tour was as a SERGRAD flight instructor flying the TA-4J Skyhawk with VT-24 at NAS Chase Field in Beeville, Texas. In August 1992 he transferred to the GRIM REAPERS of Fighter Squadron 101 for training in the F-14 Tomcat. CAPT Koehr’s first fleet assignment was with the SWORDSMEN of Fighter Squadron 32 in November 1993 where he deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. After deployment, he attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at NAS Miramar, California and later returned for training resulting in designation as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor. In March 1996, he reported to VF-101 for duty as a flight instructor serving as the Fighter Tactics Phase Leader. In November 1998, he reported to VF-32 for assignment as a squadron department head. While assigned as Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer, he deployed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and flew combat missions over Iraq in support of Operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch.
In August 2000, CAPT Koehr reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he was awarded a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies as well as designation as a Naval Operational Planner. From October 2001 to April 2003, he was on the staff of Commander Sixth Fleet based in Gaeta, Italy serving as Assistant Air Operations Officer. While at COMSIXTHFLT, he was selected for aviation command.
After duty as Executive Officer of VF-101, CAPT Koehr reported to the Arabian Gulf to join the VF-103 JOLLY ROGERS aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in September 2004. While serving as Executive Officer, he flew 24 combat missions over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He assumed command of the JOLLY ROGERS in February 2005 and the squadron was soon redesignated VFA-103 as the squadron transitioned from the F-14B Tomcat to the F/A-18F Rhino. The squadron was awarded the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Battle “E,” and he was awarded the 2005 Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Leadership Award by Commander, U.S. Naval Air Forces.
After his command tour, CAPT Koehr attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA before reporting to Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command in September 2006 to serve in the Joint Interagency Coordination Group. In December 2009, he reported as Deputy Command Center Director at Headquarters, U.S. NORAD/Northern Command also serving as Chief of Readiness and Sustainment.
In his present assigment as the Professor of Naval Science at the Chicago Consortium NROTC, he commands staffs at Northwestern University and at the Illinois Institute of Technology who are training tomorrow’s Naval Officers from those schools and also Midshipmen from Loyola University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kennedy King College.
Captain Koehr has logged over 3300 flight hours and accumulated over 400 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medal with Combat V, Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards/1 with Combat V), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service and campaign awards. He is married to the former Valerie Weidmann. They have a daughter, Chloe (11), and a son, Zackary (9).
Lieutenant Commander Anthony Arendt, USN
A graduate of Officer Candidate School, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. After earning his wings in 2003, he was assigned to fly the SH-60B Seahawk and completed numerous deployments while part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) Japan. Following, he was assigned as a U.S. Marine Corps Forward Air Controller (FAC) attached to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), conducting two additional combat deployments in support the 1st Iraqi Army Battalion and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He teaches NS 110 Introduction to Naval Organization and NS 120 Seapower and Maritime Affairs.
The Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, and serves as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University and Illinois Institute of Technology.
The MOI is a native of Weston, Wisconsin. He attended The University of Arizona, in Tucson on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship. Capt Boynton was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May 2006.
After commissioning he completed The Basic School, Quantico, VA and earned the Ground Intelligence Officer (0203) military occupation specialty (MOI) andwas assigned to G-2, HQBN, 3D Mar Div, Okinawa, Japan in June 2008 as the Operation Plans Officer. In July 2008 he was assigned to Embedded Training Team (ETT) 7-4 where he served as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of an Afghan National Army Company advising team in Nuristan and Nangarhar Provinces, Afghanistan from November 2008 until September 2009. In December 2009, he reported to 3d Reconnaissance Battalion as the S-2, Intelligence Officer. He became a Platoon Commander for Company C, 1st Platoon in August 2010 and deployed to Upper Sangin Valley, Afghanistan from May until December 2011.
In August 2012, he reported to his current duty serving as the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) and Operations Officer for the NROTC Chicago Area Consortium.
He has earned the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Combat Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” Device for Combat Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
The First Class Midshipman Advisor is a Surface Warfare Officer, currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University. A Navy Lieutenant, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. For his first sea tour, he was assigned as the First Lieutenant aboard the Norfolk based Guided Missile Destroyer, USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79). For his second tour, he remained in USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) to become the Training and Readiness Officer. He teaches NS 210 Marine Navigation and NS 331 Naval Operations.
The Second and Third Class Midshipman Advisor is a Navy Lieutenant and submarine officer. He currently serves as the Nuclear Power Officer and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. He served as the Damage Control Assistant and Quality Assurance Officer aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773) home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI. He also served a joint tour as Tomahawk Missile Mission Planner at the Navy's 5th Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. He teaches NS 345 Naval Engineering and NS 220 Naval Ship Systems II (Naval Weapon Systems).
The Fourth Class Midshipman Advisor is a Navy Lieutenant and Naval Aviator.
He is a native of Pacific Grove, California. He was commissioned as an Ensign from the NROTC program at the University of Arizona in 2006. He began flight training in Pensacola, FL and continued on to Helicopter Training in Milton, FL He served with HSL-43 at NAS North Island. He made two deployments to the Western Pacific and spent 4 months in the Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his second deployment he participated in Operation Tomodachi, the US relief effort following Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in spring of 2011. In March of 2012, he took orders to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in Djibouti. He served as a member of the Future Plans department and developed 39 DoS and DoD missions enhancing partner nation capacity to combat violent extremist organizations while reducing threat to United States interests in East Africa. He currently serves at Northwestern NROTC as the Aviation Officer, Recruiting Officer and Freshman Advisor in addition to teaching courses in Naval Science.
The Unit Supply Officer is a Retired Photographer's Mate Senior Chief in the United States Navy. He provides logistic support and training to Midshipmen, outfitting them with uniforms, books and Battalion mission-orientated supplies. With over 20 years of experience, he provides Naval tradition mentorship to all members of the unit. He has served onboard the aircraft carriers USS NIMITZ, USS INDEPENDENCE, and USS JOHN C. STENNIS. He was leading Chief of the Operations department on USS PELELIU and a member of the "Jolly Rogers" and "Black Knights" F-14 fighter squadrons. He has served and deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, Pensacola, Florida, Barbers Point, Hawaii, San Diego, California, and Japan. Click on the icons below to see slide shows developed by his department during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
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The Assistant Marine Officer Instructor is a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and serves as the Assistant Battalion Advisor. With over 12 years of experience, he has served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. He has also served in combat in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 and Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2006. He is the Drill Team and Color Guard advisor.