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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.
A native of Cheboygan, Michigan, Commander Derek S. Waisanen earned his commission and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2001 from Marquette University. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College’s Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies degree.
Having served operationally in the Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet Areas of Responsibility, CDR Waisanen deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve.
CDR Waisanen’s assignments at sea include Damage Control Assistant on USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) and the Deck and Weapons Department Head on X-CRAFT/FSF-1 SEA FIGHTER. His at sea Department Head tours were Chief Engineer on USS RENTZ (FFG 46) and N7 Training and Readiness Officer and N3F Future Operations Officer at Destroyer Squadron Fifteen. During his most recent Department Head tour as Training Officer on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), CDR Waisanen qualified the ship in a record 54 days following an extended 21-month maintenance availability.
While ashore, CDR Waisanen’s assignments were Battle Watch Captain (N33) and Assistant Fleet Scheduler at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain; the inaugural Officer-in-charge of the SWOS Basic Division Officer Course-San Diego; Senior Program Analyst OPNAV N127 Navy Education and Strategy Branch; and Director of Officer Candidate School (OCS). His current assignment is Executive Officer at Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN).
CDR Waisanen's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (6), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various campaign and service awards. He resides on Aquidneck Island with his wife and son.
Master Chief Petty Officer Thomas G. Alex enlisted in 1999 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes, IL, Gunner’s Mate “A” School and MK 41 Vertical Launching System “C” School.
His operational sea assignments include: USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), Pearl Harbor, HI; Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU); Naval Beach Unit SEVEN, Sasebo, Japan and deployed on USS Germantown (LSD-42), USS Ashland (LSD-48), USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). His operational duties include: Cruise Missile Technician, Rescue Swimmer, Small Arms Range Master, Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Craftmaster; LCAC/Beach Master Detachment OIC.
Ashore, he served at: RTC Great Lakes, IL; Center for Information Warfare Training, Corry Station, Pensacola, FL, and Naval Support Activity Lakehurst, Joint Base MDL, NJ. His duties include: Recruit Division Commander (RDC), Ship’s (Barracks) LCPO, Water Survival Instructor, Command Climate Specialist/EEO/ADR Mediator and Command Master Chief.
He is currently assigned as Command Master Chief of Officer Training Command Newport.
Master Chief Alex has earned Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare, Surface Warfare, Aviation Warfare, and Information Warfare Specialist designations; and has qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist, Naval Parachutist and Small Craft OIC/Craftmaster with 1,000 operational flight hours in-command of Navy Hovercraft.
He graduated from Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (175 Gray), CMC/COB Course (185) and Senior Enlisted JPME I and II. He has been awarded the Defense and Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), various unit and campaign awards as well as the RDC Distinguished Leader award.