Master Chief Stephen Capps
Master Chief Stephen Capps was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing basic training in Orlando in April 1986 and Sub School in Groton, Connecticut, he served on the USS HENRY L. STIMSON (SSBN 655) as a member of torpedo division, with subsequent tours on the USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735), USS CAVALLA (SSN 684), USS MAINE (SSBN 741) and the Combat Systems Enlisted Advisor on the USS TUCSON (SSN 770). While serving onboard USS PENNSYLVANIA, USS MAINE and USS TUCSON, all three submarines were awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” from their respective squadrons.
Shore assignments include Instructor Torpedoman “A” School Orlando, FL., Vertical Launch System Program Manager at NAVSEA 07T at the Navy Yard in Washington DC and Commander, Submarine Squadron Six Torpedoman in Norfolk, Virginia.
Master Chief Capps reported in March of 2010 as the Chief of the Boat on board USS BOISE (SSN 764). During the course of his two deployments, BOISE was awarded two Battle Efficiency awards, and only the 3rd submarine in over 100 years to win the Fleet Forces Battenberg Cup for being the #1 Overall Warship in the Atlantic Fleet. Following his COB tour, Master Chief Capps was selected to relieve as the Submarine Squadron Six Command Master Chief and now serves as Force Master Chief for Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic.
Master Chief Capps is authorized to wear the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medals with three gold stars and various individual and unit awards. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and the Navy’s Command Master Chief/Chief of Boat Capstone course, the MCPON’s Executive Leadership course, CNO’s Naval Senior Leadership Seminar, and holds an Associate’s degree in Oceanography.