Commander Steven L. Liberty
A native of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, CDR Liberty enlisted in the United States Navy and attended basic training in Chicago, Illinois in July 1992. While attending MM/BT “A” school, he volunteered for submarine duty and completed Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) before reporting to the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736, Gold) as an Auxiliary Division Machinist Mate from 1992 to 1997.
Upon acceptance into the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1997, CDR Liberty graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Computer Science and received his commission.
Following Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), he served his first Division Officer tour aboard USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) from 2000 to 2002, as the Electrical Officer, during which time he completed a UNITAS deployment.
While serving his second Division Officer tour as the Navigation Officer aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71) from 2003 to 2004, he completed a BALTOPS deployment. It was during this tour, the ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency award.
CDR Liberty accepted the opportunity to attend the Naval Postgraduate School following his Second Division Officer tour, earning a Masters of Science Applied Science (Operations Research) degree in the Undersea Warfare Curriculum. His thesis entitled, “Active vs. Passive Sonar: When Does it Make Sense to go Active?” was widely disseminated throughout the ASW community with exceptional response.
Upon graduation he assumed his first Department Head position as the Engineer Officer aboard USS CURTS (FFG 38) in 2007 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group where the CURTS’ crew earned the Iraq Campaign Medal.
His second Department Head tour was served aboard the USS Cowpens (CG 67) as the Engineer Officer stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. This tour was part of the forward deployed naval forces serving the 7th Fleet area of operations with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.
Upon departing the Cowpens, CDR Liberty’s shore tour took him to Naval Station Great Lakes where he served at Naval Service Training Command. Here, he oversaw civilians working on the curriculum for RTC, NROTC and JROTC accessions programs.
CDR Liberty returned to sea where he served for 20 months as the Executive Officer onboard the USS Antietam (CG 54), the Air and Missile Defense Commander ship in Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour, he participated in a MISSILEX, MULTI-SAIL, a TRILAT Exercise with two other naval forces, TYPHOON YOLANDA HADR, East and West SEA OPS, FORTRESS RAPTOR and VALIANT SHIELD. This tour was also part of the forward deployed naval forces serving the 7th Fleet area of operations with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. On this tour the ship earned the BATTLE “E” AWARD, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.