Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific
Captain Andrew C. Hertel
Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific

Commanding Officer

Captain Andrew Hertel, a native of Clarendon Hills, IL, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Structural Biology. He was commissioned in May 1994 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Captain Hertel also has a Master of Business Administration degree from Troy University.

A career submarine officer, his sea tours include division officer on USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) (Blue), Navigator and Operations Officer on USS Greeneville (SSN 772), Executive Officer on USS North Carolina (SSN 777), and Commanding Officer of USS Texas (SSN 775). Captain Hertel deployed in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas of responsibility.

Ashore, he served as Shift Engineer and Staff Training Officer at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, as Director of the Submarine Analysis Group at US Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center, and as Personnel Policies Officer at Submarine Force Headquarters in Norfolk, VA. He also served as Director of the Commander’s Initiatives Group at COMSEVENTHFLT in Yokosuka, Japan, embarked on USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19).

Captain Hertel assumed command of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific in January 2017.

Captain Hertel has had the privilege of serving on teams who were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Battle 'E' Award.

Lieutenant Commander Brett Sterneckert
Executive Officer, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific

Executive Officer

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Lieutenant Commander Sterneckert graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 with a B.S. in Chemistry and reported to the Nuclear Power and Submarine School training pipeline.

He was assigned to USS Michigan (SSBN 727) from February 2001 to December 2003, serving in a variety of division officer billets and completing 5 patrols. Following a shore tour at Nuclear Prototype in Ballston Spa, New York, he served as Engineer Officer on USS Asheville (SSN 758) from June 2007 to April 2010, completing two Western Pacific deployments.

From May 2010 to September 2012, he was the Junior Board Member on the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, NPEB, in Pearl Harbor before reporting as Executive Officer on USS Connecticut (SSN 22) from June 2012 to March 2014. Lieutenant Commander Sterneckert has been the Executive Officer of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific since April 2015.

Lieutenant Commander Sterneckert received the L.Y. Spear award as the top graduate in his class at the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in October 2007. His other awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit awards, including one Battle "E" and one Naval Unit Citation. Additionally, he is qualified as a U.S. Navy SCUBA Diver.

CMDCM (SS) Ronald Brooks
Command Master Chief, Naval submarine Training Center Pacific

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Brooks enlisted in the Navy in May 1988 and attended Recruit Training and Quartermaster “A” School in Orlando, Florida. Following Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton Connecticut, he reported to USS Flying Fish (SSN 673) in Norfolk, Virginia. There he completed deployments to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.

Master Chief Brooks’ follow on sea duty assignments include tours aboard USS Scranton (SSN 756) in Norfolk, Virginia and USS Greeneville (SSN 772) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served as Navigation and Operations Department Enlisted Advisor and Assistant Navigator. During these assignments he completed deployments to Fifth and Seventh Fleet. USS Greeneville (SSN 772) earned the Commander Submarine Squadron One Navigation Red and Green “N” and the 2004 Battle Efficiency “E”.

In May 2008, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy and COB/CMC Course in Newport, Rhode Island with follow on assignment as Chief of the Boat aboard USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) in Pearl Harbor, HI. During his tour, USS Los Angeles completed one Western Pacific deployment and earned the Battle Efficiency ‘E”, Engineering Red “E”, and Navigation Red and green “N”.

In January 2010, Los Angeles executed a change of homeport to Bremerton, Washington for decommissioning. In May of the same year, he transferred to USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) where he assumed duties as Chief of the Boat. There he completed one Western Pacific Deployment and SANTA FE earned the Commander Submarine Squadron Seven Battle Efficiency “E”.

Ashore Master Chief Brooks served as Strategic Weapons Systems and Electronics Technician Schools Detailer on the staff of Bureau of Naval Personnel (May 1999 – March 2002), as Force Assistant Navigator/Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team Navigation Evaluator on the staff of Commander Submarine Forces Pacific (April 2005 – May 2008), and as Command Master Chief of Submarine Squadron Seven (August 2012 – August 2015).

In August 2015, he reported to his current assignment as Command Master Chief of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific and Training Support Detachment Hawaii.

He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other service medals and ribbons.