The Ship's Leadership
CDR Nathan W. Scherry
Commander Scherry is a native of Peculiar, Missouri. Prior to joining the Navy, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Central Missouri in 1994 and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University in 1998. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1999.
He served division officer tours on USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) as Strike Officer and USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) as Navigation Officer. During this time, he completed a four month counter-narcotics deployment off the coast of Central America, a six month Northern Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and a seven month Standing NATO Forces Atlantic and Mediterranean deployment in support of Operations ACTIVE ENDEAVOR and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In late 2003, Commander Scherry reported to the Naval Post-Graduate School (NPS) where he earned a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Analysis and completed a thesis on Littoral ASW in 2025. Upon earning the degree, he was awarded the Northrop Grumman Student Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering and Analysis.
As a department head, Commander Scherry served on USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. He completed her six month Partnership of the Americas 2008 maiden deployment participating in UNITAS 49 and numerous Theater Security Cooperation missions supporting U.S. Southern Command.
Commander Scherry served as Executive Officer onboard USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), completing a nine month FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet area deployment and earning the 2013 Battenberg Cup for best ship in the Atlantic Fleet and back to back Battle “E” awards. He reported to the pre-commissioning detachment for PCU THOMAS HUDNER on 04 January 2016 to serve as the ship’s first Commanding Officer.
Ashore, Commander Scherry completed an Individual Augmentee assignment at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM / NEW DAWN and later as Flag Secretary to Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet where he participated in Operation ODYSSEY DAWN.
Commander Scherry has proudly served with shipmates that have earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendations, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and five Navy Battle Efficiency “E” Awards. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5).
CDR Brett Litchfield
Commander Litchfield, a native of Kentucky, graduated from Union County High School in 1986. He enlisted in August 1990 as a Fire Controlman and was commissioned in 2002 through the Limited Duty Officer program. In 2006, he earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York in Business Management. He laterally transferred to Unrestricted Line Officer in 2007.
His enlisted sea assignments include USS SEATTLE (AOE 3), USS AUBREY FITCH (FFG 34), and USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58). He completed four deployments, including two Standing Naval Force, Atlantic deployments and led PHILIPPINE SEA’s Tomahawk Strike Team in planning and executing numerous strike missions after 9/11 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Upon commissioning, he served as Systems Test Officer on USS PORTER (DDG 78) and USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68). During his tours onboard PORTER and THE SULLIVANS, he completed three deployments in support of Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOR. As Department Head, he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer on USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80). He completed a SCAN EAGLE deployment and ROOSEVELT earned back to back Battle “E” awards.
His ashore tours include serving as Combat Systems Director for Afloat Training Group Mayport, Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA) lead at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Division, and as Officer in Charge for the Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment Mayport.
Commander Litchfield has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards) and various other service, unit and personal awards.
CMDCM(SW/FMF) Kathryn P. Coleman
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Coleman is a native of Marysville, California. She enlisted in the United States Navy March 11th, 1997. After attending Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, she attended Hospital Corpsman A school, Great Lakes, Illinois before transferring to her first duty station at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.
She successfully completed three operational tours onboard USS McFAUL (DDG 74), 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and USS VELLA GULF (CG 72). In 2003 she deployed three months onboard USS BOXER as a part of Casualty Receiving Treatment Ship (CRTS) platform for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). While stationed with 2nd MLG, she completed two tours to Iraq in support of OIF, one in 2005 as the CLR 27 IDC for H&S BN Fwd in Camp Al Taqaddum and one in 2007 with 1st BN 12th Marines as Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) for two Coalition Forward Operating Bases along the Jordanian and Syrian border. She was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September 2007. In February 2008, she deployed with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting the Global War on Terrorism, NATO Forces, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation AZADA WOZA in Afghanistan AO.
Master Chief Coleman’s other duty stations include Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval School Health Science Surface Force IDC School, Assault Craft Unit Four, and Command Naval Surface Forces Pacific Fleet where she was promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. In October 2016, HMCM transferred to Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Patuxent River, MD where she served as the Command Master Chief. She was selected into the Command Master Chief program in March 2018 and transferred to USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) in May 2018 where she currently serves as the Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Coleman is a graduate of U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 193, Orange Group and the CMC/COB Course Class 120. Her personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Good Conduct Medal(six awards), Sea Service Ribbon (five awards), Air Force Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.