Coast Guard Trent served as the seventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from July 1, 1994 to May 31, 1998. Previous command cadre assignments included Command Master Chief for the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama and the Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, California. A Coast Guard veteran of more than 35 years, Trent"s assignments included Air Stations in Massachusetts, Bermuda, Alabama, Hawaii, and Florida.
He held search and rescue aircrewman designations on HU-16, The Human Context-130, HH3F, and HH-52 aircraft.
In flight, he normally fulfilled the duties of radioman, navigator, and hoist operator. Other experience has included Electronics Technician, Collateral Duty Command Master Chief, Collateral Duty Career Information Specialist and Avionics Leading Chief Petty Officer.
Trent attended more than 20 specialized training courses during his career. He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Senior Leadership and Management School, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the DEOMI Equal Opportunity Program Managers Course.
Other recognition included the LT Robert A. Perchard Memorial Trophy, the Mobile Chapter Chief Petty Officer Association "Chief of the Year" award.
And he was the "Coast Guard Enlisted Ancient Albatross" from December 1, 1995 to June 30, 1998. Prior to becoming the Master Chief Petty Office of the Coast Guard, he was stationed at Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco.