Captain Hazenberg, Commanding Officer, OTC  






CAPT Mark Hazenberg graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

CAPT Hazenberg’s sea tours include serving as a junior officer onboard the USS BREMERTON (SSN 698) in multiple divisions. He served as Combat Systems Officer onboard the USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) and as Executive Officer onboard the USS JIMMY CARTER (SSN 23).

CAPT Hazenberg served as the Commanding Officer of Undersea Rescue Command (URC), managing the U.S. Navy’s only Submarine Rescue Organization. During his tour, URC participated in four separate international exercises which involved deploying the U.S. Navy’s submarine rescue equipment to three separate continents. Other shore tour assignments included serving as a Command Center Watch Officer and CTF-134 Scheduling and Operations officer at Commander Submarine Forces Pacific, as an analyst in the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Program Assessment, an action officer in the Joint Staff J5 Trans-Regional Policy office and on the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff. During his shore assignments he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii. CAPT Hazenberg most recently served at US Fleet Forces Command as the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Officer.

CAPT Hazenberg is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), as well as many other unit awards.

CAPT Hazenberg is married to the former Loan Nguyen of Dallas, TX.

Commander CDR Derek S. Waisanen  



Executive Officer

Officer Training Command Newport

CDR Waisanen is a native of the State of Michigan. He graduated in 2001 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  He commissioned as an Ensign in December 2001 via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

After graduation, CDR Waisanen began his naval career on board USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) in Norfolk, VA as First Lieutenant and Damage Control Assistant.  Following KAUFFMAN, he reported to X-CRAFT (later FSF-1 SEA FIGHTER) pre-commissioning crew in San Diego, CA, as the Deck and Weapons Department Head in June 2004.  

CDR Waisanen then reported to COMUSNAVCENT in Bahrain as Assistant Fleet Scheduler and Fleet Watch Officer, participating in numerous coalition operations and exercises throughout the CENTCOM AOR.  In 2007, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California completing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Joint Professional Military Education.  

CDR Waisanen reported to USS RENTZ (FFG 46) in October 2009 as Chief Engineer. While in RENTZ, he qualified as Tactical Action Officer and completed a deployment to the CENTCOM AOR and Western Pacific.  CDR Waisanen reported to Destroyer Squadron Fifteen in January 2011 as the Training and Readiness Officer and Future Operations Officer.  In 2012, CDR Waisanen reported to SWOS Learning Site San Diego as the inaugural Officer in Charge of the Basic Division Officer Course.

Senior Enlisted Leader  

Senior Enlisted Leader
Officer Training Command Newport

Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas is a native of Indianola, Mississippi. She enlisted in the United States Navy in December of 1994 and received basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois.

Senior Chief Thomas’ previous commands include: ARCO ARDM-5, Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB-1), Naval Air Station Meridian, USS Nimitz (CVN-68), Naval Air Technical Training Center, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, and Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola where she was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the DAPA counselor. She earned her Master Training Specialist, Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics, and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is currently enrolled in the PHD program with Liberty University pursuing her degree in Educational Leadership.

In Feb 2017, she graduated from Recruit Division Commander “C” School in Great Lakes, Illinois, and is currently serving at Officer Training Command Newport as the Senior Enlisted Leader.

Her personal awards include; the Navy Commendation Medal (4); the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5) and various unit and campaign awards.

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