CAPTAIN STEVEN YODER
United States Navy
Captain Steven J. Yoder was born in Coral Gables, Florida and raised in Fayetteville, Georgia. Shortly after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987 he attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida, receiving his Wings of Gold on 06 January 1989. Captain Yoder’s first orders were to HELANTISUBRON FIFTEEN (HS-15) completing two Mediterranean Deployments aboard the USS FORRESTAL (CV 59), logging over 800 hours in the SH-3H “Sea King” and transitioning to the SH-60F/HH-60H “Sea Hawk”. In August 1993 he joined HS-1, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, as a Flight Instructor. During this tour of duty, he completed his Masters of Arts in Management. Returning to sea duty, Captain Yoder embarked aboard the USS WASP (LHD 1) in Norfolk, Virginia from 1996 to 1998 as Mini Boss, completing a Mediterranean deployment with the 26th MEU (SOC) participating in operations in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Returning to flying, Captain Yoder reported to Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Operations Officer before joining HELANTISUBRON ELEVEN (HS-11) for his department head tour. He served as the squadron’s Training Officer and Operations Officer from June 1999 to June 2001 completing a deployment aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations. In June 2001, Captain Yoder became the Officer-In-Charge of the Weapons Training Unit for Commander, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, before returning to HS-11 in August 2003 for his Command tour where he deployed for operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the Persian Gulf and Joint Operation TUSKER in the Horn of Africa.
In August 2006, Captain Yoder reported to the National Defense University completing a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy before joining the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate where he served as Deputy Division Chief for Middle East Plans and Policy. Between July 2009 and February 2012, Captain Yoder served as both Deputy Commander and Commander of Amphibious Squadron SIX deploying to Haiti for earthquake relief operations and deploying to FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets as Commodore of the BATAAN Amphibious Ready Group completing the longest deployment on record since the Vietnam War.
Captain Yoder served on the Staff of the Commander U.S. Fleet Forces as the Maritime Operations Center Director. He reported to Tactical Training Group, Atlantic in August 2013 as Executive Officer and relieved as Commanding Officer of Tactical Training Group, Atlantic in May 2014. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal with Bronze star, four Battle E’s and numerous campaign ribbons and personal medals. He has logged over 3600 hours, mostly in the H-60F/H “Seahawk”.