Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center

NETPDC Commanding Officer

Captain Kertreck V. Brooks
Captain, United States Navy

Captain Kertreck V. Brooks is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and as the recipient of the distinguished Oliver L. Parks award for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, and service. He also earned a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle University. He received his commission via Officer Candidate School in December 1995 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer upon completion of Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training in May 1997. He redesignated and became a Human Resources Officer in May 2008. His professional military education includes Air Command and Staff College (distance learning) and Joint Forces Staff College.

Captain Brooks’ sea duty assignments include the “Ironmen” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three (VQ-3) as a Navigator, Airborne Communications Officer, and Mission Commander onboard the E-6B (Mercury); USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer; and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the Training Officer.

Ashore, Captain Brooks served two tours of duty at the 562nd Flying Training Squadron as an Instructor Navigator where he trained both Navy and Air Force Student Navigators. He was recognized as the squadron’s Company Grade Officer of the Year in 2001 and Flight Commander of the Year in 2002. During his second instructor tour, he served as a staff instructor at the squadron’s Instructor Training School. He served as the Assistant Officer in Charge of the Manpower and Personnel Individual Augmentation Cell at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet and completed a joint assignment at U. S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) as a Division Chief in the Manpower and Personnel Directorate and as Executive Officer of the TRANSCOM Navy Element. He served as the Executive Officer of Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois where he oversaw all aspects of the Navy’s basic military training program and led a staff of over 950 Sailors and civilians in transforming over 90,000 recruits into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Sailors. Before his current command, he served as the Deputy Director of Distribution Management (PERS-45) at Navy Personnel Command. He assumed command of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center on March 24, 2017.

Captain Brooks logged over 2,600 flight hours as a Naval Flight Officer in the T-34C, T-43A, E-6A, and E-6B. He is a certified Professional in Human Resources, Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional, and a Joint Qualified Officer. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.


Executive Officer

Markus K. Hannan
Executive Director

Mr. Hannan, a native of Plainville, CT, has been conferred with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky, a MA in Management from Troy State University, and a MS in Security Affairs & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

He received a USN commission as an Ensign in May 1985 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1986. His operational assignments included HSL 32 as an SH-2F “Seasprite” pilot deploying aboard the USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092) and USS Briscoe (DD 977); USS Saipan (LHA 2) as Assistant Air Officer, deploying for Operation Provide Promise and Operation Support Democracy; HSL 47 as Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Officer-in-Charge of Detachment 1; flying the SH-60B “Seahawk” and deploying aboard USS McClusky (FFG 41); HSL 47 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer; USS Tarawa (LHA 1) as Air Boss deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom and Pakistani earthquake relief; and Officer-in-Charge of Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Composite Squadron ONE (JCCS-1) with the U.S. Army’s 1st Armor Division in Tikrit, Iraq.

Staff and shore assignments included HT 18 and TW 5 at NAS Whiting Field as a Flight Instructor; and, Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN, as Aviation Acquisition and Material Placement Officer (Pers-444F). He served his last active duty tour as Chief of Staff/Headquarters Flag Unit Commanding Officer for Naval Education and Training Command in Pensacola, FL.

Markus Hannan retired from the Naval Service as a Captain in January 2011 after serving more than 26 years on active duty.

In February 2011, Mr. Hannan assumed the position of Executive Director of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) in Pensacola, FL.


Command Master Chief

ETCM (SS/SW) James P. Berhalter
Command Master Chief

Master Chief James P. Berhalter was born in Tonawanda, N.Y. He graduated from Tonawanda Senior High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison University in June 2012.

Master Chief Berhalter enlisted in the Navy in January 1988 and completed the Nuclear Pipeline course in November 1989. His first at-sea assignment was on Submarine NR-1 in Groton, Conn., the navy’s only nuclear powered deep submergence research submarine. Following that, he served as a member of Reactor Controls Division onboard USS West Virginia in Groton, Conn., and Kings Bay, Ga., from August 1990 to January 1995. While there he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer.

From January 1995 to November 1998 he was assigned as an Instructor to Nuclear Power Training Command in Orlando, Fla., where he taught Physics, Electronic Fundamentals and Radar Principles. He then reported to USS Alexandria in Groton, Conn., where he served as Reactor Controls Division Leading Petty Officer. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. From November 2000 to November 2003, he served as Reactor Controls Division Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS Louisiana in Kings Bay, Ga. During this tour, he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer.

From November 2003 to August 2006, Master Chief Berhalter served as Senior Instructor at the Navy’s first Fleet Interactive Display Equipment (FIDE) Trainer. The FIDE was the first of its kind realistic simulator of reactor plant operations which completely revolutionized nuclear training.

From August 2006 to June 2009 he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer and served as Engineering Department Master Chief onboard USS Rhode Island in Kings Bay, Ga. From June 2009 to June 2012, he served as the Submarine Force Assistant Nuclear Power Officer and Reactor Control Assistant on the Staff of Commander Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. From August 2012 to April 2015 he again served as Engineering Department Master Chief, this time onboard USS Michigan in Bangor, Wash., and Guam.

In April 2015, Master Chief Berhalter Reported to the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.

In addition to numerous campaign and service awards, Master Chief Berhalter has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (nine awards).

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