Commander Brett R. Oster
A native of New Jersey, Commander Brett Oster graduated from Lehigh University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and began boot camp in Great Lakes in May 1997 followed by attending Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. After completing “A” school, he was accepted to attend Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and gained his commission on 17 July 1998. Following commissioning, he attended Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island, for training as a Division Officer.
Commander Oster’s sea assignments include Ordnance Officer in USS MITSCHER (DDG 57), Main Propulsion Assistant in USS HAWES (FFG 53), commissioning Weapons Officer in USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG 98), and Combat Systems Officer in USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG 98). During these tours, Commander Oster qualified as Surface Warfare Officer, Tactical Action Officer, Fleet Officer of the Deck, and Engineering Officer of the Watch while participating in two Baltic Sea Operations, a Mediterranean Sea Deployment, a West Africa Deployment, and numerous fleet exercises.
Ashore, Commander Oster served as an Instructor in the Seamanship and Navigation Department at the United States Naval Academy and the Maritime Warfare Department at Surface Warfare Officers School. He also attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and completing both JPME Phases I & II. Additionally, he served as the Joint Fires Officer for United States Naval Forces Central Command, supporting operations against violent extremists.
Commander Oster is currently serving as the Executive Officer of USS MCFAUL, (DDG 74). Commander Oster has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and four Navy Achievement Medals as well as various other service awards.