Unit Staff

Capt. Ruben Pantoja, Operations Officer, USMC

Marine Officer Instructor (MOI)
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

Captain Ruben I. Pantoja enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 2007. Upon completing Marine Corps Recruit Training, Marine Combat Training and primary and secondary military occupation specialty training, Captain Pantoja checked into HMLA-169, MAG-39, 3d MAW. While serving as an Aviation technician at HMLA-169, Captain Pantoja deployed once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). As an enlisted Marine, Captain Pantoja reached the rank of Sergeant as well as being the Collateral Duty Inspector and the Quality Assurance Avionics Marine for the Avionics and Fire Control sections. Captain Pantoja completed his first enlisted and was honorably discharged on October 2012. Upon commissioning on November 2016, Captain Pantoja reported to the Basic School. Upon completion of the Basic Communications Officer Course, Captain Pantoja reported to Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer.

In March 2019, Captain Pantoja assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Communications Officer for 1st Battalion, 10th Marines. As the 1st Battalion, 10th Marines Communications Officer, Captain Pantoja in a span of 18-months, successfully planned and led Marines in two service level exercises, four communications exercises (COMMEX), one field supply maintenance analysis office (FSMAO) inspection, three regimental field exercises, four regimental command post exercises, six battalion field exercises and nine digital fire support training exercises. He supervised the employment and maintenance of $6.7 million dollars worth of communications assets and controlled cryptographic items. As the Communications Platoon Commander, Captain Pantoja led 126 transmissions operators, communications electronic maintainers, network, and data systems administrators in the engineering, coordinating, establishment, and employment of a mission critical command and control communications.

In June 2020, Captain Pantoja was handpicked from across 2d Marine Division to serve as the Executive Officer for Communication Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division. As the Executive Officer, Captain Pantoja supervised and managed training for over 310 Marines, including fiscal year, calendar year, marksmanship, Training and Readiness (T&R), and physical fitness, ensuring that Marines were prepared to deploy in support of 2d Marine Division.

Captain Pantoja was selected for Marine Officer Instructor duty and is currently serving as the Operations Officer, Assistant Professor of Naval Science and the Marine Officer Instructor Naval ROTC for the University of Notre Dame.

Captain Pantoja’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Second Award, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO ISAF Medal.

GySgt Daniel Triebell, Senior Enlisted Advisor, USMC

Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI)

Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Triebell was born in Florida. His Marine Corps career began on 24 August 2008 where he attended Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. During that time, Private Triebell was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. Following graduation, he attended the School of Infantry in Camp Geiger, North Carolina and was assigned the Military Occupation Specialty of 0311 Infantryman.

After graduation, he received orders to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In November 2009, Private First Class Triebell deployed to Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Designated Marksman and was promoted to Lance Corporal. Upon return from deployment, Lance Corporal Triebell assumed the billet of Squad Leader and deployed again to Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in April 2011. He was promoted to Corporal during that time.

In February 2012, Corporal Triebell reported for duty to Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. From February 2012 to October 2014, Corporal Triebell assumed the billets of a Combat Marksmanship Coach, Block Non-Commissioned Officer, and Range Safety Officer on Inchon Rifle Range. He was promoted to Sergeant during that time.

In October 2014, Sergeant Triebell reported for duty to Drill Instructor School, Class 1-15, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduating, Sergeant Triebell reported to Lima Company,  Third Recruit Training Battalion, where he served four cycles as a Drill Instructor and Experienced Drill Instructor. In January 2016, Sergeant Triebell was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant and was assigned to Mike Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion, where he served three cycles as an Experienced Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor.

After a successful tour on the Drill Field, Staff Sergeant Triebell received orders to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, where he served as a Platoon Sergeant and Company Gunnery Sergeant. In March 2019, Staff Sergeant Triebell deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon return from deployment, Staff Sergeant Triebell was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.

In June 2020, Gunnery Sergeant Triebell was selected to serve in his current duty as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at the University of Notre Dame.

Gunnery Sergeant Triebell’s personal decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

GySgt Triebell works primarily with BXO and MOI to ensure that the battalion runs efficiently and with military precision.  He helps to run uniform inspections and prepares Notre Dame NROTC’s drill team that competed at the Tulane drill meet spring 2020.

LT Cunningham, USN

Assistant Professor of Naval Science
Naval Aviator
Recruiting Officer
Fourth Class and NPP Advisor

LT Cunningham was born and raised in Florida.  He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and his commission in May 2015.  Following his graduation, LT Cunningham reported to Pensacola, FL for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API).  Upon completion of API, he reported to VT-27 in Corpus Christi, TX for primary flight training.  He then reported to VT-31 for advanced multi-engine flight training, where he was selected to fly the P-3C Orion and earned his “Wings of Gold” in February of 2017.

Upon completion of the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) located at NAS Jacksonville, FL in September of 2017, he was assigned to the VP-1 “Screaming Eagles” stationed in NAS Whidbey Island, WA.  During his first deployment in VP-1 in 2018, LT Cunningham operated out of 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Copper Dune, and Restoring Hope.  On his return, he returned to the FRS to transition to the P-8A Poseidon.

After transition, he participated in Homeland Defense out of Hawaii in 2019 prior to another 7th Fleet deployment.  During this deployment, LT Cunningham qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander.  He conducted numerous anti-submarine and aerial reconnaissance sorties in support of the security and stability of the Indo Pacific Theater as well as multiple multi-national exercises to include Valiant Shield and Keen Sword.

LT Cunningham works with first-year students.