Master Chief Brett VerHulst assumed the duties as Command Master Chief (CMC), USCG Academy in August 2017. His primary responsibility is to advise Rear Admiral Bill Kelly, USCG Academy Superintendent, on issues and initiatives pertaining to the entire Coast Guard Academy workforce. Further, he helps to carry out Command intent and facilitates communications and the effective functioning of the organizational chain of command. Most recently Master Chief VerHulst served as Command Master Chief for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District, based out of Juneau, AK.
Master Chief VerHulst has served in afloat assignments aboard Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) BITTERSWEET in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and as a Quartermaster aboard CGC WOODRUSH in Sitka, AK and CGC SPENCER in Boston, MA.
Master Chief VerHulst has also served at various shore assignments including a tour as Silver Badge CMC for Sector Columbia River, Astoria, OR; watch supervisor at Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay located in Morgan City, Louisiana; as a member of Group Boston's Sail Boston 2000 planning staff in support of that year's multinational OpSail Tall Ships event; as a Search and Rescue Controller at Group Humboldt Bay in Eureka, CA; and as the Maritime Domain Awareness/Collaboration Tools Subject Matter Expert at the Atlantic Area C4IT Branch in Portsmouth, VA.
Master Chief VerHulst is a proud graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy (Class 120), the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, the Air Force Senior NCO Academy (Class 08C) and the Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course (Class 16-2). He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences from Western International University.
Master Chief VerHulst's personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals (with Operational Distinguishing device) and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation (with Operational Distinguishing device).