Staff

 

 

CAPTAIN PATRICK V. FOEGE, USN

Commanding Officer 

Captain Patrick Foege hails from Edwardsville, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Weapons and Systems Engineering. Following an overseas study program in Salamanca, Spain, he proceeded to Naval Aviation Flight training in Pensacola, Florida where he earned his Wings of Gold in 1994.

Foege’s first sea duty assignment was at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11 deployed aboard USS ESSEX (LHD 2) flying the venerable H-46 Sea Knight. He served aboard USS BOXER (LHD 4) as Flight Deck Officer and Assistant Air Officer. His department head assignment was at HC-4 in Sigonella, Sicily, leading detachments as Officer-in-Charge to locations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Sea flying the mighty H-53 Sea Dragon.

Captain Foege served as commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 10 flying the H-60F/H Seahawk. During his Aviation Command tour, he was the recipient of the peer-selected Navy and Marine Association Outstanding Leadership Award. Following his command tour, he deployed as Air Boss aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) and completed a hull swap with ESSEX in Sasebo, Japan.  Captain Foege commanded Amphibious Squadron ONE from July 2016 to December 2017 after serving 18 months as Deputy Commander.

Ashore, Foege performed flight instructor duty with HC-3 where he was named Instructor Pilot of the Year. His staff assignments include Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He completed a joint duty assignment at U.S. Transportation Command in the Operations and Plans Directorate, during which time he was selected as the Scott Air Force Base, Illinois Field Grade Officer of the Year, and served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the TRANSCOM Commanding General. His most recent shore assignment was at Tactical Training Group Pacific where served as the Operations and Plans Syndicate Director.

In Aug 2019 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 Foege earned a Master of Science degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and he completed Joint Professional Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College.


  

MAJOR MYRON J. THOMAS, USMC

Executive Officer

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 the 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 (three), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two) with Combat “V” with gold star, the Combat Action Ribbon, and other personal, campaign, and service ribbons. 


STUDENT ADVISORS 

 

 

Freshman Adviser: LT Vigneshwar Manickam | Submarine Officer

LT Manickam was born in Dharmapuri, India and immigrated to the United States at the age of two. He attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics. Following graduation LT Manickam attended Nuclear Power School and achieved initial watch officer qualifications at Nuclear Prototype Training Unit Charleston.

His first tour was onboard the USS Indiana, homeported in Newport News Shipyard, Virginia. During his time onboard the Indiana, he completed initial nuclear reactor physics testing and initial sea trials of the pre-commissioning unit. After the Indiana commissioned in September of 2018, LT Manickam reported to the USS ILLINOIS, homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He assisted the Illinois in her maiden deployment to the Pacific. After returning to the Indiana, he supported the ship’s pre-deployment training preparations. Onboard both ships, he served as the Electrical Assistant, Information Systems Security Manager, and the Assistant Operations Officer. While serving as the Assistant Operations Officer, Indiana was awarded the Navigation Excellence “N” twice from two separate squadrons, for its performance as the best Navigation Department on the waterfront. In his capacity as the Information Systems Security Manager, LT Manickam helped develop Indiana’s Ship’s LAN and Indiana was awarded the Communications and Cyber “C” Excellence award. LT Manickam was selected as the Junior Officer of the Year onboard Indiana.
 
In November 2019 LT Manickam transferred to NROTC Morehouse, where became an Assistant Professor of Naval Science: teaching two courses in Naval Engineering and Naval Weapons.
 
His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).

Contact:
Email: vigneshwar.manickam@morehouse.edu 
Phone: (470) 639-0547


 

Sophomore Adviser: LT John Noojin | Aviation Officer

LT John Noojin is from Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. After commissioning through NROTC at Georgia Tech, he reported to NAS Pensacola to begin Naval Aviation flight training and earned his Wings of Gold in 2014.

LT Noojin’s first sea tour was with the Blackhawks of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15) flying the MH-53E Sea Dragon. While attached to HM-15, he served as the squadron’s Assistant Training Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. He completed multiple deployments with HM-15 DET 2 to Bahrain in support of Task Force 52.
 
In April 2019, LT Noojin returned to Atlanta to join NROTC Atlanta Region as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Morehouse College. He serves as an advisor for NROTC sophomores and aspiring Student Naval Aviators and Student Naval Flight Officers.
 
LT Noojin earned his Master of Business Administration from the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech in 2021. He has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


  

Upperclassman Adviser: LT Chelsey Curney | Surface Warfare Officer 

Lieutenant Chelsey Curney, a native of Decatur, Georgia, joined the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Florida A&M University in 2012.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida A&M University and was commissioned in 2016.                                                

After commissioning, LT Curney reported to the USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45), where she was assigned to the Operations Department as the Combat Information Center Officer (CICO) and Engineering where she served as the Repair Division Officer (RDO). While onboard COMSTOCK, she earned her Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) designation and deployed once in support of Operation Alligator Dagger and Operation Keen Sword.
 
In 2019, LT Curney reported to USS WASP (LHD 1) as the Assistant Damage Control Assistant (ADCA) and also serves as the Assistant Senior Watch Officer (A-SWO). After Forward Deploying to Sasebo, Japan in 7th Fleet, she completed multiple operational patrols in support of F-35B Marine Corps Strike operations, Exercise Balikatan with the Philippine Navy, and Exercise Talisman Saber with our Australia and Japan partners. While homeport shifting to Norfolk, she conducted South American operations and exercises with Argentina, El Salvador, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil. 
 
LT Curney is stationed in Atlanta, Georgia at Morehouse College as an NROTC Instructor. She currently serves as the Junior and Senior Class Advisor. Her personal award includes the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Contact:
Email: chelsey.curney@morehouse.edu 
Phone: (470) 639-0446


  

Marine Officer Instructor: Capt Keith Wallace

Contact:
Email: keith.wallace@nrotc.gatech.edu  
Phone: (404) 894-8137


  

Assistant Marine Officer Instructor: GySgt Dominique Young

Contact:
Email: Dominique.young@morehouse.edu 
Phone: (470) 639-0639


 

Administrative Assistant: Brenda Steele

 

Contact:
Email: brenda.steele@morehouse.edu
Phone: (470) 639-0258