Randi Reich Cosentino, Ed.D., is president of the USNCC, which is designed to serve enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen in providing access to military-relevant education.
Prior to joining the USNCC, Dr. Cosentino served as chief academic officer (CAO) at Guild Education. As CAO, Cosentino was responsible for academic partnerships and operations, as well as student success/coaching. Previously, Cosentino served as chief operating officer of Quad Learning/American Honors, where she oversaw academic partnerships, operations, admissions, student support, and the teaching and learning center. Before that, Cosentino served as provost and CAO for Strayer University and in a number of other senior roles for 13 years. Prior to joining Strayer, Cosentino worked in education technology as well as serving several years in city government with the City of New York as the assistant director in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation.
Cosentino holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her husband is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps.
Robert “Bob” Kozloski is the chief of staff for the USNCC. After he was the chief analyst for the Education for Seapower (E4S) Study, which identified the need to improve enlisted education by creating the USNCC, he then became one of the founding members of the college.
Kozloski enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985 and was part of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). He was selected to the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and Enlisted Commissioning Program where he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997 and held a variety of leadership positions until his retirement in 2007.
Prior to this position, Kozloski was a program manager at the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Department of the Navy. Kozloski received his bachelor’s from Old Dominion University, master’s from Johns Hopkins, and is currently a doctoral candidate in international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
Command Master Chief Benjamin “Tobi” Howat is a native of Hastings, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Navy in 1990 and attended recruit training, Nuclear Field "A" School, and Naval Nuclear Power School at Orlando, Florida, followed by Nuclear Power Prototype Training at Nuclear Prototype Training Unit Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
His sea duty assignments include USS Puffer (SSN 652), USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716), USS Bremerton (SSN 698) and USS Topeka (SSN 754). His shore duty assignments include Navy Recruiting District, San Diego and Nuclear Prototype Training Unit Charleston, South Carolina.
His Command Master Chief assignments include Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet at Yokosuka, Japan; Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/Task Force 76 at Sasebo, Japan; Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) at Camp Pendleton, California; and Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA-137) at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. He is currently assigned as the senior enlisted advisor of the USNCC at Marine Corps Base Quantico..
Howat is a graduate from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy class 61, Command Leadership School Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat course class 88, and Keystone Course 15-2. He holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.
Howat's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (seven awards), and other unit and campaign medals. He is also qualified and designated as an enlisted submarine warfare specialist, enlisted aviation warfare specialist, and enlisted surface warfare specialist.
Charles “Chuck” Cushman is the dean of academic programs at the USNCC. He was previously an associate provost at the National Defense University where he worked on organizational reform, institutional research, library support to the students and faculty, and strategic use of the wargaming center. He was also the dean of academics for five years in the College of International Security Affairs.
Prior to working at NDU, Cushman was a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute, teaching executive branch officials how to work with Congress. In a decade at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University, Cushman directed the legislative affairs and political management master’s degree programs and was the associate dean for the College of Professional Studies. He also served as director of the school.
Before joining GWU, Cushman was a defense consultant working on force structure and strategy for Headquarters, U.S. Air Force; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and the Space Commission. He was director of legislative relations for an advocacy group working to advance peace in the Middle East, and spent two years as a legislative assistant working on defense, foreign policy, and veterans’ affairs.
Cushman is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, earning a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He served for nine years on active duty as an armor officer commanding troops and serving in staff assignments in West Germany; Ft. Knox, Kentucky; and on the faculty in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy West Point. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate in American Politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sgt. Maj. Michael Hensley enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina November 10, 1994.
Following graduation, Hensley was assigned to the School of Infantry-East, Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for training as a 0311 infantry rifleman. Hensley's assignments include rifleman, squad leader, and platoon sergeant with Golf Company 2/2; drill instructor with 3rd Battalion, India Company and Support Battalion, Physical Conditioning Platoon, Parris Island, South Carolina; section leader and platoon sergeant with 1/3; platoon sergeant with Weapons & Firearms Training Battalion, Parris Island; platoon sergeant with Scout Platoon 2nd Tank Battalion; first sergeant with Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, first sergeant for Inspector and Instructor Staff Johnson City, Tennessee, Lima Company 3/24; and first sergeant with Bravo Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Hensley's tours as a sergeant major include: Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Corps Installations-National Capital Region-Marine Corps Base Quantico, and is currently serving as the Education Command and Marine Corps University sergeant major. Hensley has deployed seven times in various locations, including Mediterranean floats; Unit Deployment Programs to Okinawa, Japan; a security detachment to Panama; and operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hensley's professional military education include Corporals Course, Sergeants Course, Career Course, Advanced Course, Infantry Squad Leaders, E-8 Seminar, First Sergeant Course, Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, Cornerstone Course, Air Forces Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, and the Army's Nominative Leader's Course.
Hensley has an Associate degree in general studies, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University. Hensley's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Purple Heart (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (two awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (seven awards).
Command Master Chief Edward Lewis assumed duties as Command Master Chief for Force Readiness Command on June 18, 2021. His primary responsibility is to advise the Commander on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families throughout the FORCECOM enterprise. Additionally, Lewis assists with strategic initiatives that shape the training and readiness of the Coast Guard’s workforce.
Lewis’s previous assignments include engineering and law enforcement duties at Station Destin, Florida; the USCGC Midgett, Seattle, Washington; USCGC Point Doran, Everett, Washington; Engineer Petty Officer positions at Station Galveston Texas, USCGC Point Spencer, and USCGC Manowar; instructor at the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy in New London, Connecticut; the United States Coast Guard Academy as one of the first four Company Chiefs; Sector Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands as the Sector Command Master Chief; the School Chief of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy in Petaluma, California; leading Coast Guard’s largest engineering rating as the Machinery Technician Rating Force Master Chief; and as the Fourteenth District Command Master Chief, with an area extending to the Hawaiian islands, Guam, American Samoa and activities in Saipan, Singapore, and Japan. Most recently, Lewis served as the Command Master Chief of the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support. The 17,000-person DCMS enterprise delivers the systems and people in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s diverse mission sets through oversight of all human capital; lifecycle naval, aeronautical and civil engineering and logistics; acquisitions; information technology; and security.
In addition to being a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class 76, Lewis graduated from the Command Master Chief course, Class 2, and from the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 57. He served on the Commandant’s Leadership Advisory Council as an analyst on the Outlook Vision Team (10-year Strategy), Royal Navy and U.S. Coast Guard future technical support study, and the core team for the Evergreen Project (25-year Strategy). Lewis holds a Master’s in Human Service Counseling / Military Resilience with Distinction from Liberty University. Master Chief Lewis is a Permanent Cutterman with awards including four U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, three Commandant Letters of Commendation, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.