Lieutenant Commander Steve Puskas
Commanding Officer

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Lieutenant Commander Puskas is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and was commissioned through the NROTC program. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Naval Post Graduate School.

Lieutenant Commander Puskas enlisted as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate in 1993 and after graduating from Prototype, he stayed on to complete an instructor tour where he received an NROTC Scholarship. Upon commissioning and completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer course, in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to USS Normandy (CG 60). In Normandy from 2002 through 2004 he completed a Mediterranean deployment and served as Repair Division Officer and Ships Maintenance and Material Officer. He then reported onboard USS Ramage from 2004 to 2006. There he served as ships Training Officer.

Lieutenant Commander Puskas’ department head tours, from 2010 through 2013, included Chief Engineer tours in USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). In Mitscher he completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. In Leyte Gulf he supervised their major modernization availability, follow on trials and training cycle.

His tours ashore have included project officer at US Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, VA from 2006 top 2009. From 2013 to 2015, Lieutenant Commander Puskas was an Engineering Assessor and lead Cruiser assessor at Engineering Assessments Atlantic.

Lieutenant Commander Puskas is authorized to wear the Joint Commendation Metal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, along with various unit and campaign citations.