Training Support Department Hawaii
Captain Andrew C. Hertel
Commanding Officer,
Training Support Department (Hawaii)

Commanding Officer

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

A career submarine officer, his sea tour include division officer in USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) Blue, Navigator and Operations Officer in USS Greenville (SSN 772), Executive Officer in USS North Carolina (SSN 777), and Command of USS Texas (SSN 775). He deployed in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas of responsibility.

Ashore, CAPT Hertel 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).

He assumed command of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific and Training Support Department Hawaii in January 2017.

CAPT Hertel has had the privilege of serving on teams to be awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Battle 'E' Award.

Mr. Seneca
Executive Director
Training Support Department (Hawaii)

Mr. Seneca joined Naval service in 1978. After completion of Basic and Machinist Mate “A” school he reported to the “Navy’s Best Homeport”, Pearl Harbor at Navy Region Hawaii to serve aboard USS Sample (FF-1048). One of the last homesteaders fulfilling the Navy’s requirements, he continued duty assignments in Hawaii serving aboard; USS Jason (AR-8) as repair logistics coordinator; Ships Intermediate Maintenance Activity as Facilities Manager; USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) where he was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 1989 and served as Auxiliary and Repair Divisions Leading Chief Petty Officer and completed his eighth Western Pacific deployment including participation in Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Continuing his Hawaiian assignments he transferred to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific to serve as an AEC/PMT Assessor and on as a ‘Plank Owner’ of Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific Detachment Pearl Harbor. He was selected to serve as a member of Commander Naval Surface Force Propulsion Examining Board, Mobile Training Team then on to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific as an Underway Engineering Assessor and Training Safety Officer for High Risk Training. Upon his retirement in 2002, the former MMCS(SW) Seneca was immediately called back to service by Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific to assume duties as the N7 Department Head, Curriculum and Instructional Standards Officer positions and commenced his Civil Service career. One of the first items he was honored to perform was the re-opening ceremonies for the AT/FP Training Center at Hangar 54, Ford Island. This facility currently serves to support the Center for Security Forces Learning Site Pearl Harbor and is scheduled for release to the Pacific Aviation Museum (PAM) to continue honoring the military history of Ford Island.

Always seeking to improve technical knowledge and diversity throughout his career, he qualified; 1200# Steam Propulsion Generation Engineering Officer, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Master Training Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard certified Instructor of STCW (Standards of Training and Conduct of Watchkeepers) for the Maritime Industry, Novell Netware Certified Network Administrator, ARC Lifeguard and AHA CPR/1st Responder Instructor to name but a few.

With the implementation of the ‘Revolution in Training’, the consolidation of support billets from the NETC elements in Hawaii established the core personnel and ultimately stood up Training Support Department Hawaii. Mr. Seneca initially served as the Learning Standards Officer, then N7 Training Resources Manager and currently as the Executive Director. Oct 2010, NETC embarked on a Pilot Proof of Concept program for the Training Support Organization with the initial standup of Training Support Center West and supporting Detachments and Offices throughout the west coast and Pacific. Training Support Department, Hawaii provides Learning Center Site and Student support in both the Hawaiian and Marianas regions.

Mr. Seneca’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal(2x), Navy Achievement Medal(5x), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), National Defense Medal and Sea Service Deployment.