Commander Herrmann took command of USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) in 2011. A native of Montville, Connecticut, Commander Herrmann was commissioned through the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation with a minor in Marine Engineering in 1994.
Following graduation, he worked for the National Response Corporation responding to numerous oil spill and environmental incidents to include the coastal oil spill in the Delaware Bay and the Trans World Airlines Flight 800 disaster off of Long Island, New York.
After activating his reserve commission, he served aboard USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) as the Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant and Training Officer, onboard USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) as the Operations Officer, onboard USS ESSEX (LHD 2) as First Lieutenant, as Amphibious Squadron Five's Material Officer and onboard USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as Executive Officer.
Ashore, CDR Herrmann served an instructor at Surface Warfare Officer's School, Newport, Rhode Island. He also served with Coast Guard Defense Force East acting as a liaison between the Navy and Coast Guard in matters dealing with Maritime Homeland Defense.
CDR Herrmann's most recent assignment was as Executive Officer of USS NEW YORK (LPD 21).
The Naval Postgraduate School, CDR Herrmann earned a master's of arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Commander John Pethel was born in Sumter, SC and joined the United States Navy upon graduating high school in Mount Pleasant, SC in 1986. Completed Naval Aircrew School and Aviation Rescue Swimmer school in 1987 with subsequent operational tours in Helantisubron Twelve in Atsugi, Japan (USS MIDWAY CV-41) and Helantisubron Eight in San Diego, California (USS INDEPENDENCE CV-62). Shore duty was served as an instructor at FASOTRAGRUPAC from 1992-1995. In 1995, CDR Pethel was selected to attend Officer Candidate School with Division Officer tours in USS TAYLOR (FFG-50), and USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) from 1996-1999. CDR Pethel holds an MA in National Security and Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Surface Warfare Department tours were conducted in USS TORTUGA (LSD-46) from 2002-2003 and USS WASP (LHD-1) from 2003-2005, both as the First Lieutenant. Shore duty assignment was as the Deputy Director for a NATO program while attached to the US Joint Forces Command from 2005-2007, with follow-on orders to serve as the Amphibious Placement Officer in Millington, TN from 2007-2008. CDR Pethel volunteered for an Individual Augment while assigned to Millington and served 8 months in Kandahar, Afghanistan working with the Afghan National Army. Upon completion of the Afghanistan tour, he served as the Assistant Personnel Officer on the Staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic until reporting in USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) as the Executive Officer in January 2011.
Master Chief Perez, a native of The Bronx, New York joined the Navy in February of 1987 and attended recruit training at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Following Navigation systems training and basic submarine training, Master Chief Perez reported to USS Hammerhead (SSN 663) in Norfolk, VA in August of 1988 where he made one Mediterranean Deployment and two North Atlantic deployments. In April of 1991 he split-toured to pre-commissioning unit Montpelier (SSN-765) where he became a plank-owner after the ship commissioned in March 1993. He was command advanced to Petty Officer First Class in January 1994.
In October of 1994 he transferred to Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic where he was the only First Class Petty Officer in the Radar and Navigation system shops and was responsible for technical support of all Norfolk based submarines for the AN/BPS-15 Radar and ESGN Navigation systems. In April of 1997 he transferred to USS Jacksonville and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea from April to October 1997. He was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in September of 1998.
In December of 1998 he reported to USS Newport News as the Navigation Division Chief. He completed a Depot Modernization Period from April 2000 to April 2001 and was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In July of 2001 he transferred to the staff of Commander Submarine Group Seven in Yokosuka, Japan. During his tour he was the Fifth Fleet logistics coordinator directly supporting submarines in combat action during Operation Iraqi Freedom from January to April 2002 in Bahrain. He transferred to USS Los Angeles in Pearl Harbor Hawaii in September of 2003 and was selected to Master Chief Petty Officer in April of 2004.
In September of 2004 he was selected to attend the Senior Enlisted Academy, and Chief of the Boat/Command Master Chief Capstone course in Newport, Rhode Island. From December 2004 to December 2007 he was the Chief of the Boat of USS SANTA FE (SSN 763) where he completed a Western Pacific Deployment, a surfacing through the North Pole, and an inter-fleet transfer to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
From January to December 2008 he was the Command Master Chief for Submarine Squadron Two. From December 2008 to February 2011 he was the Group Two Command Master Chief responsible for all enlisted matters for the Atlantic Fleet Fast Attack submarines. In February of 2010 he attended the National Defense University and is a graduate of the DOD Senior Enlisted Leader Keystone Class 2010-1. He reported to USS New York in March 2011 as the Command Master Chief.
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