OSCM Brett L. VerHulst
Master Chief VerHulst, a native of Boston Massachusetts, enlisted in the Coast Guard in August, 1991. After completing basic training at Cape May, NJ, he was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) BITTERSWEET home ported in Woods Hole, MA. Upon graduation of Quartermaster “A” school at Yorktown Virginia in 1993, he was assigned to CGC WOODRUSH in Sitka, AK where he qualified as Quartermaster of the Watch and became proficient in celestial navigation, flag hoist and flashing light signaling, and Aids to Navigation (ATON) positioning via sextant angles. In 1995, he transferred to Marine Safety Office (MSO) Morgan City, Louisiana where he qualified as Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Berwick Bay supervisor. QM2 VerHulst then transferred to CGC SPENCER in 1998, spent one year on board, then one year as part of the Sail Boston 2000 Tall Ships event planning team. Following that brief tour, he was stationed at Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay in Eureka California where he advanced to Operations Specialist Chief and served as Group Duty Officer and Search and Rescue Controller. In 2004, Chief VerHulst transferred to the Headquarters National Command Center in Washington DC, where he qualified as Chief Petty Officer of the Watch (CPOW) and Assistant Command Security Officer. He advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in July 2006, and was sent to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) C4IT branch, where he was designated the Maritime Domain Awareness/Collaboration Tools subject matter expert, providing C4IT policy and procedure guidance and support to LANTAREA Sectors and Major Cutters. Senior Chief VerHulst reported to Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria in August 2010 as the Command Senior Chief. Shortly after his arrival, Group/Air Station Astoria merged with Coast Guard Sector Portland to become Sector Columbia River. OSCS VerHulst advanced to Master Chief January 2013 continuing his leadership role as the Command Master Chief for Sector Columbia River.
Master Chief VerHulst's personal awards include one Coast Guard Commendation Medal, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals with "0" device, one Commandant Letter of Commendation with "0" device, seven Coast Guard Good Conduct awards, and the Sea Service Ribbon with one bronze star. He is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy class 120, the Air Force Senior NCO Academy class 08 Charlie, and the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. He has an Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Phoenix, and is currently taking courses to obtain a BA in Behavioral Science.