Command Master Chief
A native of Orlando, Florida, Command Master Chief Stephens entered Naval Service in 1989. He attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of Basic Training, he attended Operations Specialist “A” School at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Following graduation, he reported in USS MACDONOUGH (DDG 39) home ported in Charleston, South Carolina, where he participated in the opening days of Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. His next assignment was in USS REASONER (FF 1063), home ported in San Diego, California. Following the de-commissioning and transfer of the USS REASONER to the Turkish Navy, he transferred to Fleet Area and Surveillance Facility Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His next sea tour was in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) home ported in Bremerton, Washington. While onboard NIMITZ, he conducted a world cruise to Newport News, Virginia for the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), performing duties as a Project Coordinator. The following assignment was in USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) home ported in San Diego California, where he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and earned his Force Air Warfare and Tactical Action Officer (TAO) qualifications. While remaining at sea, his next assignment was in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) home ported in Mayport, Florida, where he was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer. Following a successful tour on “Big John”, he transferred to Fleet Area and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville, Florida, filling the role as the Senior Enlisted Advisor. During this tour, he volunteered for an IA assignment in 2006, where he was embedded with the Joint Special Operations Center (JSOC) on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. In 2008, he completed the Army’s Combat Advisor course at Fort Riley, Kansas. His next assignment was in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69), where he was selected to Master Chief. His next shore assignment was Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida as the OIC of the Temporary Personnel Detachment and the Limited Duty (LIMDU) Coordinator.
In February 2013, Master Chief Stephens was selected for the Command Master Chief Program, and presently serves as USS THE SULLIVANS’ (DDG 68) Command Master Chief. While onboard; THE SULLIVANS successfully completed a 2013 FIFTH Fleet deployment, an 80 million dollar mid-life CNO Extended Dry-docking Selected Restricted Availability, Basic Phase, C2X, JOINT WARRIOR and INSURV.
Command Master Chief Stephens is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class, and the CMC/COB Command Leadership Course. He earned a Master Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University, and is a certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics and Transportation from the University of West Florida.
His personal decorations include Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Navy Achievement Medal (Four Awards), Combat Action Medal and various other unit and campaign awards.