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CAPT Matthew M. Loughlin

CAPT Matthew E. Loughlin



Captian Matt Loughlin joined the Riverhead NJROTC team as Senior Naval Science Instructor prior to the 2016-2017 academic year following a 30-year active duty navy career. Captain Loughlin's most significant assignments were as Commanding Officer of aegis cruiser USS SHILOH(CG 67), foward deployed to Yokosuka., Japan and Florida-based frigate USS DE WERT(FFG 45). Immediately prior to retirement, Captain Loughlin served as Professor of Naval Science for the New York City-area NJROTC program, where he had resposibillity for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps commmissioning programs at SUNY Maritime College, Fordham University, and Columbia University. Captain Loughlin is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and recived a master degree from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Gunnery Sergeant Mahala (Ret.) (also known as "Gunny") worked as the Operations Chief of Marine Aircraft Group 46, at the Marine Corps Air Station, In Miramar, California. He has also served as the Operations Chief of Marine Aircraft Group 49 at the Joint Reserve Base, in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Gunner Sergeant Mahala has had experience working with the Third Army, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Kuwait; which was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which took place immediately after the events of September 11th, 2001. Gunnery Sergeant Mahala has also been stationed on the USS Midway in support of Operation Fiery Vigil, for the evacuation of U.S. Personnel following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. Gunnery Sergeant Mahala has also trained with several Marine helicopter squadrons during the Combined Arms Exercise (CAX), at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty-Nine Palms, California. Gunnery Sergeant Mahala retired from the Marine Corps on August 30th, 2003. During his time with the Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant Mahala was decorated with the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Medal with a gold star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with a silver star, Nation Defense Service Medal with a bronze star, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he became a Naval Science Instructor at Owen J. Roberts High School. Unfortunately, the program was closed down due to the lack of cadets within the unit. Gunnery Sergeant Mahala now is a Naval Science Instructor at Riverhead High School, where he teaches first year cadets (also referred as NS1's) about how to be a well rounded citizen, about our country and our countries history, how to be a leader; all of which are staples of being a cadet enrolled in NJROTC.