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Since the unit was originally established, the following officers have served as Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science:


Captain J. P. Thew                  1945-1948

Captain F. C. Camp               1948-1951

Captain R. N. S. Clark               1951-1954

Colonel C. L. Banks               1954-1957

Captain D. H. McClintock       1957-1960

Captain F. J. Fitzpatrick       1960-1961

Captain F. G. Dierman             1961-1965

Captain C. W. Smith             1965-1969

Captain F. J. Shaw                   1969-1972

Captain F. C. Gilmore           1972-1976

Captain R. V. Hansen              1976-1979

Captain H. J. Dean                1979-1982

Captain D. A. Dungan             1982-1986

Captain P. A. Griffin             1986-1990

Captain D. F. Rahn                   1990-1992

Commander D. O. Bettinson 1992-1993

Commander C. F. Wittenberg 1993-1995

Captain D. C. Brown             1995-1998

Captain F. G. Orchard             1998-2001

Captain T. L. Walstrom       2001-2005

Captain T. J. Lawrence          2005-2008

Captain P. Kessler                2008-2012

Captain J. J. Housinger            2012-2015

Captain M.F. Springer       2015-2018

Captain T. D. Vandegrift           2018-2021

Captain B. A. Trickel              2021-2024

Captain D. A. Nowicki        2024-Present



 The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program was first established in 1926 to provide a broad base of citizens knowledgeable in the arts and sciences of Naval Warfare.  It was not until 1932 that the Marine Corps joined.  Then, in 1972 females were allowed to participate.  Today the program continues educating both young men and women to be successful officers in the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  Since its establishment, the program has had several famous graduates

The University of Utah's NROTC Unit was established on 15 August 1945.  The Unit's first campus home was located in the Field House near Rice Eccles Stadium, where the NROTC personnel were quartered.  Meals were served in the Union Building cafeteria and Naval Science classes were held wherever classroom space was available.

On 3 August 1946, the Naval Science Building was completed on campus at a cost of $203,000.  The building contains an armory, a library, offices, classrooms, supply spaces, and a small bore firing range. This officially became the Unit's home in early 1947.  At the beginning of the 1990's, the Unit was selected for disestablishment.  It was, however, reestablished in 1994 and continues to grow. 


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Last Updated: 4/13/24