A native of Ashland, Oregon, Commander Stevenson enlisted in the Navy in 1990, serving as a Naval Aircrewman and Aviation Ordnanceman in VP-45 and HSL-44 located at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAVSTA Mayport, Florida. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School and the legacy Seaman to Admiral program, reporting to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight training in December 1998. He earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings in February 2000.
Upon completion of his initial EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Commander Stevenson reported in May 2001 to the “Wizards” of VAQ-133 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He deployed with Air Expeditionary Force TEN to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Incirlik, Turkey in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and NORTHERN WATCH, and Iwakuni, Japan in support of forward deployed naval forces in the PACOM AOR. During this tour, he served as Legal Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and was selected to attend the Electronic Attack Weapons School.
In August 2004, he reported to NROTC Unit University of San Diego, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations in June 2007.
In August 2007, he reported to the “Shadowhawks” of VAQ-141, assigned to Carrier Air Wing EIGHT, deploying aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CNV 71) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While aboard VAQ-141, Commander Stevenson served as Training Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. During this tour, he was selected as Electronic Attack Wing Pacific Prowler Tactics Instructor of the year for 2009.
He reported in May 2009 for his operational Department Head tour with the “Lancers” of VAQ-131, assigned to Carrier Air Wing TWO, deploying aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. While aboard VAQ-131, he served as Safety Officer, Administration Officer, and Operations Officer.
Following his operational Department Head tour, he reported to the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction, and earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In December 2012, Commander Stevenson reported to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J5), where he served as Political-Military Affairs Officer for the Deputy Director, Europe NATO and Russia, and as Executive Assistant to the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5).
In May 2017, Commander Stevenson assumed command of VAQ-142, assigned to Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN, deploying aboard USS NIMITZ in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and the THIRD, FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet areas of operation.
Commander Stevenson has accumulated over 3900 flight hours in the EA-18G, EA-6B, P-3C, and SH-60B, as well as 462 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (4 strike/flight awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), and various other unit commendations.
Commander Stevenson resides in Anacortes, Washington and is oftentimes seen exploring the trails and snow-capped mountain peaks of his beloved Pacific Northwest.