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. Read the biographies of each member of the unit staff below.
Captain Thomas Brasek, USN | Commanding Officer
Captain Tom Brasek of Medford, NJ, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. He is presently assigned as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science at the NROTC Chicago Consortium with staffs located at Northwestern University and Illinois Institute of Technology. Full Bio.
Commander Keith Holihan, USN | Executive Officer
CDR Keith Holihan, born in Rota, Spain, was commissioned an Ensign in 1994 through the U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Full Bio.
Captain Daniel T. Cartica, USMC | Marine Officer Instructor (MOI)
Captain Daniel T. Cartica, originally from Pleasant Valley, NY, was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in March 2011 through the Officer Candidate Course. He is currently the Marine Officer Instructor/Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the NROTC Chicago Consortium. Captain Cartica served as the Maintenance Management, Motor Transportation, and Assistant Logistics Officer with 1st Battalion 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA. During his time in Camp Pendleton, he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, respectively. Captain Cartica also served as the Headquarters Company Executive Officer with 5th Marine Regiment.
Captain Cartica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from George Washington University, MBA from Norwich University, and is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Leadership from the Kellogg School of Management, Certificate in African Studies, and also studying the Swahili language. He teaches Evolution of Warfare and Amphibious Operations.
Lieutenant Kenneth M. Brown, USN | Surface Warfare Officer Advisor
The First Class Midshipman Advisor is a Surface Warfare Officer. LT Kenny “Downtown” Brown hails from Chicago, IL. He earned his commission through the NROTC at Maine Maritime Academy, where he earned his Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude in Marine Systems Engineering. His Division Officer tours began with the USS MOMSEN (DDG 92) out of Everett, WA, where he served as the ship's STRIKE Officer. He then endured the nuclear training pipeline at Power School in North Charleston, SC, followed by a tour at the S8G prototype in Balston Spa, NY. From there he served as the Reactor Mechanical Division officer onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) out of Bremerton, WA. He teaches NS 210 Marine Navigation and NS 331 Naval Operations.
Lieutenant Alexander Duffy, USN | Submarine Warfare Officer Advisor
The Second and Third Class Midshipman Advisor is a Navy Lieutenant and Submarine Warfare Officer. He currently serves as the Nuclear Power Officer and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in IT Management from the the University of Notre Dame in 2009. He served as the Main Propulsion Assistant, Chemistry & Radiological Controls Assistant, Assistant Weapons Officer, Dive Division Officer, and Anti-terrrorism/Force Protection Officer aboard the Los Angeles class submarine USS BREMERTON (SSN-698) home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI. He also served as Assistant Operations Officer and Anti-submarine Warfare Officer at Amphibious Squadron Five in San Diego, CA. He teaches Naval Weapons Systems and Naval Engineering.
Lieutenant Phillip Dunsford, USN | Aviation Advisor
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.
MSgt Donald Hughes, USMC | Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI)
The AMOI is a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and serves as an Assistant Marine Officer Instructor within the Department of Naval Science at Northwestern University
MSgt Hughes is a native of Toledo, Ohio and enlisted in the USMC as a Private in Sept. 2000.
After enlisting he completed Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC and Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, NC and then on to Artillery Cannoneer school at Ft. Sill, OK earning the Cannoneer military occupation specialty, and was assigned to 1st BN, 12th Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI. After being re-classed to Fire Support Man he reported to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in Okinawa, Japan in Jan. 2005. He completed 2 combat tours to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In April of 2008 he reported back to Parris Island to attend Drill Instructor School. During this tour he served as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, Chief Drill Instructor and Quality Assurance Evaluator. In March of 2012 he reported to 2nd BN, 11th Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, CA as a Fire Support Liaison Chief, four months later he was individually augmented to the 7th Marine Regiment in 29 Palms, CA in order to deploy as a Regiment Targeting Chief to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In August 2014, he reported to his current duty serving as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the NROTC at Northwestern University.
His personal awards are 3 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 4 Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals.
PHCS Mike Dalluge, USN (Ret.) | Unit Supply Officer
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.