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).

Master Chief Delbert Lofing assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief at Base Elizabeth City, NC May 23, 2018. He began his career with the U.S. Coast Guard in the spring of 1995. Upon graduating from recruit training in Cape May, NJ, MCPO Lofing was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter WOODRUSH in Sitka, AK. He reached the role of Leading Seaman before heading to MK “A” School in May of 1996. After graduating in August, he reported to Coast Guard Cutter LONG ISLAND, in Monterey, CA. After 2 years as the auxiliary machinery petty officer, MCPO Lofing transferred to Coast Guard Station (sm) Siuslaw River, Florence, OR. There, he advanced to 2nd Class Petty Officer in 1999 and was the senior engineer at the station. 2002 saw MCPO Lofing transfer to Coast Guard Cutter DORADO, Crescent City, CA as the AEPO. December of 2003, he advanced to MK1 and received orders to Loran Station Fallon, NV as the EPO. MCPO Lofing advanced to MKC in 2008 and was selected for Advanced Computer Engineering and Technology, allowing him to spend 2 years in Ogden, UT at Weber State University; where he completed his Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Finishing his advanced education in 2010, he was transferred to Guam as the EPO of Coast Guard Cutter ASSATEAGUE. Completing an extended tour in Guam and advancing to Senior Chief, he reported to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in November 2013, as the maintenance assist team supervisor. Following PATFORSWA, MCPO Lofing transferred to Portsmouth, UK as the Detachment Supervisor of the United Kingdom Non-Reciprocal Engineering Exchange Program; where he supervised 39 USCG MKs, EMs, and DCs that were integrated with the UK Royal Navy; as well as, advancing to Master Chief in November 2016,

MCPO Lofing is a proud graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course (SELC), and a member of the Chief Petty Officer Association.

MCPO Lofing’s military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, CG Commendation Service Medals; three CG Achievement Medals; Global War on Terror Service Medal; two National Defense Service Medals; CG Sea Service Ribbon; DOT Outstanding Unit Award; seven CG Good Conduct Medals; in addition to other unit awards.