Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief
CDR Stephen O. Johnson
Commander Johnson is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia and attended the Virginia Military Institute, graduating in May 1996. Upon graduation, he attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he was commissioned in September 1996. After receiving his wings in May 1998, he reported to HC-3 in San Diego for H-46 fleet replacement training.
Commander Johnson's sea duty assignments include one tour flying the H-46 with HC-8 in Norfolk, Virginia and one tour flying the MH-60S with HSC-28 also in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, he completed a disassociated sea tour as "Mini Boss," onboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) home ported in San Diego, California. Throughout his sea tours, he made deployments to the Western Pacific, Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean.
CDR Johnson's shore tours include Fleet Replacement Instructor duty at HC-3 in San Diego, California, serving as a Flight Instructor in the MH-60S. In addition to Instructor duty, he served as Legal Officer, MH-60S NVD Program Manager and Evaluator, and the MH-60S NATOPS Program Manager and Evaluator. He served his second shore tour at the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, and his third shore tour as the Helicopter Sea Assignments Officer in Millington, Tennessee. During his tour at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, CDR Johnson completed a 14 month Individual Augmentee assignment to Afghanistan. While there, he was the Officer-in-Charge of 22 Tactical Document and Media Exploitation teams assigned to Regional Command East and Regional Command Southwest.
CDR Johnson has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from VMI, and a Masters in Military Operational Arts and Sciences from the Air Command and Staff College. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation (2) and Achievement (5) Medals, and several campaign and service ribbons.