Cadre

The Princeton Army ROTC Cadre is a unique group of professionals with diverse and rich backgrounds and experience. They utilize their talents to lead, organize and train the ROTC Cadets.

David Gunther, LTC
Lieutenant Colonel
Director, Army Officer Education Program
LTC Gunther is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts who graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in Political Science and was commissioned from Boston University in 2000 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Paul Hesch, CPT
Military Science Instructor

CPT Hesch commissioned through Valley Forge’s Early Commissioning Program as an Infantry officer in the New Jersey National Guard. 

He currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.  His previous assignments…

John Kirby, MSG
Senior Military Science Instructor

Master Sergeant John Kirby was born in Upper Darby, PA. 12 July, 1982 and enlisted in the United States Army 16 January, 2001 as an 11X (Infantryman).  He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA to become an 11B, Infantryman.

MSG Kirby has held the positions of Grenadier, Automatic Rifleman, Team Leader,…

Jonathan Phillips, MSG
Military Science Instructor

MSG Jonathan M. Phillips enlisted in the Army in 2005 out of Poteau, Oklahoma, and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) as a Calvary Scout (19D) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His assignments include: 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Benning,…

Patrick Roach
Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Patrick Roach is the Enrollment Officer for Princeton University Army ROTC. He is responsible for recruiting highly qualified students to pursue commissions as Army officers.

Mr. Roach is a retired First Sergeant who honorably served our country for over 22 years. His career highlights consist of serving two combat tours in Iraq,…

Keith Topper, CPT
Senior Operations Officer

CPT Topper is a native of Beavercreek, Ohio. He graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 2013 and was commissioned from Wright State University with a Master’s of Business Administration in 2015.

After completion of the Military Intelligence (MI) Basic Officer Course, CPT Topper was competitively assessed…

Thomas Wilson
Supply Tech
Zinnia Yoon
Princeton University Liaison to ROTC

Zinnia Yoon is Princeton’s liaison to ROTC. In her role, Zinnia helps to facilitate a positive working relationship between Princeton University and the ROTC cadre of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Responsibilities include overseeing university funds for the ROTC program, mentoring ROTC staff through the yearly budgeting cycle, organizing…