CDR Brook Sherman received his commission upon graduation from the US Coast Guard Academy in 2001. A permanent cutterman, his underway experience includes tours as Damage Control Assistant in USCGC HARRIET LANE (WMEC-903), Navigator in USS STOUT (DDG-55), and Engineer Officer in USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC-726). Shore side, CDR Sherman was the first Office of Naval Engineering (CG-45) Technical Lead for the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Acquisition, the Industrial Manager for Base Boston’s industrial activities in Boston, South Weymouth, and New Haven, and most recently served as the Base Operations Officer and Lead Resource Manager for the Director of Operational Logistics (DOL-3). In addition to a bachelor degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy, CDR Sherman holds advanced degrees in Naval Engineering and Systems Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic and State University where his research focused on dynamic vessel motion limit systems used to enhance aviation, cargo transfer and boat operations. CDR Sherman grew up in rural Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where he gained an early appreciation for service as an Eagle Scout and a general love for singing. Off-duty, CDR Sherman enjoys parenting his two exceptional children, Addison (10) and Cade (9), running, Ultimate Frisbee, photography and spending time outdoors.


Commander Melissa Arles

Commander Melissa Arles reported aboard Base Elizabeth City as the Executive Officer in July 2019.

Commander Arles was born in White Plains, NY. She graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Her first assignment was Engineer Officer in Training onboard USCGC ALERT, home ported in Astoria, OR. She served at Civil Engineering Unit Miami, FL as a Facilities Planner and Construction Manager, and at Training Center (TRACEN) Yorktown as the Assistant Facilities Engineer.

Following her assignment at TRACEN Yorktown, Commander Arles was assigned to the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center in Norfolk, VA where she served as the AFC-43 program manager and budget coordinator. From 2016 to 2019, she served as the Facilities Engineer at Base Alameda, CA.

Commander Arles holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Commander Arles’s personal awards include FY17 Contracting & Procurement Enterprise Innovative Contracting Team award (for work on Base Kodiak BOSS TEB), 2014 Engineer of the Year from the Society of American Military Engineers Hampton Roads Post, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Commendation Medals, and a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

Commander Arles is the proud wife of Mr. Anthony Arles of Seaford, DE and mother of Tara (4 months).

MSTCS Christie HamiltonMSTCS Christie Hamilton is currently the Command Senior Chief for BASE Elizabeth City. As a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, she received her Bachelors of Science from North Carolina State University and then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in September 2000. As the honor graduate of her Recruit Training class, she received orders to Group Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, NC where she served as a FN in Group Engineering. After MST-A school, she started her career at Marine Safety Office (MSO) Hampton Roads, in 2001. While there, she climbed the ranks to E6 and earned a multitude of Maritime Qualifications.

In 2006, she transferred to MSO Long Island Sound where her primary duties included waterways management, conducting port state control exams, facility inspections, pollution responses and Lead Petty Officer of the enlisted bullpen. A Plank Owner for assisting the unit’s Sectorization, it was here that she advanced to Chief Petty Officer. MSTCS Hamilton went through Chiefs Call to Initiation in October 2009 and found her calling to mentoring, leading and serving the members of the Coast Guard.

In 2010 she returned to Sector Hampton Roads' Planning Department. She served as the unit’s training officer and subsequently as the Facility and Container Branch Chief. She was elected Vice President of the Hampton Roads CPOA chapter for three consecutive years, providing support to Coast Guard members and the community. She expertly hosted the Military Advisor to the Secretary and DHS team in support of port security initiatives and worked several high visibility International Port Security Program Reciprocal visits.

In 2014 she transferred to Sector New Orleans for her first D8 tour in the gulf. As the Chief of the Incident Management Division, in one of the Nation’s busiest pollution shops, she received her Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s Representative qualification and assisted with the transition of Deepwater Horizon response activities to the Sector Level. She continued to be active in the Chiefs Mess and assisted in the re-writing of the Coast Guard’s Enlisted Employee Review Process and Civil Penalty TTP. A staunch advocate for financial stewardship, she assisted military members in recouping over $110K in credit cards fees through the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

In 2018 she advanced to Senior Chief and transferred to MSU Port Arthur as the collateral Command Senior Chief and Emergency Management Specialist. As the Command Financial Specialist she assisted members in receiving over $150K in financial assistance through the 2020 hurricane season and global pandemic.

Senior Chief Hamilton’s awards include the Commendation Medals, Achievement Medals, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Honor Graduate, and numerous other awards. She is a proud graduate of Chief Petty Officers Academy Class 185 and Senior Enlisted Leadership Class 73. She is married to MSSD3 Hugh ‘Chip’ Hamilton and collectively have three children.