Capt. Brett C. Hershman, USN
Commodore, Military Sealift Command Pacific
Commander Task Force 33
Capt. Brett C. Hershman, commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific, assumed command following a position with Future Amphibious Ships/New Construction OPNAV N953.
A native of Norfolk, Neb., Hershman enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and was commissioned a Surface Warfare Officer in 1995.
Hershman holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Italian Language from the University of San Diego, an M.S. in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
At sea, Hershman commanded USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and served as Executive Officer of USS Arlington (LPD 24). He has also served on USS Tarawa (LHA 1), USS Comstock (LSD 45), Amphibious Squadron 4/Nassau Amphibious Ready Group, USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and USS Wasp (LHD 1). He served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, and Operations Desert Shield/Storm.
Ashore, Hershman served as Section Head and Requirements Officer for Future Amphibious Ships on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N953), as Director of Fleet Management, U.S. Sixth Fleet, as Executive Assistant and Maritime Planner to the Director, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, U.S. Northern Command, as well as NROTC, University of San Diego, NSGA Chesapeake, Va., NSA Manamah, Bahrain, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily.
Hershman's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit and campaign awards.