CAPTAIN STEVE SHINEGO
U.S. NAVAL FORCES SOUTHERN COMMAND
U.S. FOURTH FLEET,
CHIEF OF STAFF
Captain Steve Shinego is the Chief of Staff for USNAVSO/C4F; he reported for this assignment in November 2013.
His immediate previous tour was as Commanding Officer of the Mayport-based cruiser PHILIPPINE SEA, assuming Command in October2011 while the ship was deployed to the Black Sea. This was his second tour on PHIL SEA; he was a Plankowner Divo onboard from 1988-1992. PHIL SEA was awarded the Battle E in 2012 among a series of fleet and operational awards. CAPT Shinego is from Hallandale Beach, Florida, and attended the University of Florida, earning a BS in Engineering (honors) in December 1987.
His initial sea tour on PHIL SEA was as Auxiliaries Officer, First Lieutenant, and Missiles Officer from 1988 to 1992, including an extended deployment for Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. Following this tour, he served as an NROTC Instructor at North Carolina State University from 1992 to 1995; while there, he completed a Master’s Degree in Management (honors). His Department Head sea tour was as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer on USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) from 1995 to 1998, which included NATO operations in the Adriatic Sea and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in the Arabian Gulf. GETTYSBURG earned four consecutive Battle Efficiency awards from 1995-98. Subsequent to this, he was a Missile Defense Officer and VIP briefer in the Central Command Operations Directorate from 1998 to 2000. CAPT Shinego served as Executive Officer onboard USS PAUL F FOSTER (DD 964) in 2001-2002; FOSTER earned the Battle ’E’ in 2002. He reported to OPNAV in September, 2002, working Shipbuilding and Warfighting programs in N76 and in N80. His next assignment was to Command the destroyer USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101), from 2005-2008. GRIDLEY scored the highest Sea Trials score ever recorded, a rating of outstanding on INSURV, and earned the Battle E in 2008. He then served as the Command-at-Sea Director at the Surface Warfare Officers’ School in Newport, RI, and as a senior student at the Naval War College.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and Army Achievement Medal. Unit awards include the Battle 'E' ribbon (9 awards) and Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards). He holds a BS in Engineering (honors), an MS in Management (Honors), and an MA in National Security Studies.