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Commander Stephen Aldridge
Commanding Officer

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Commander Stephen W. Aldridge graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering.  He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  He also completed the Navy’s nuclear propulsion training program. 

Commander Aldridge’s at sea assignments include First Lieutenant and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in USS BARRY (DDG 52), Reactor Mechanical Division Officer in USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), Operations Officer in USS STOUT (DDG 55), and Reactor Training Assistant in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71).  Commander Aldridge served as Executive Officer in USS MASON (DDG 87) from August 2015 until October 2016.  During these tours he deployed overseas five times and operated in the European, Africa, Central, and Pacific Command areas of responsibility.  Commander Aldridge took command of MASON on February 17, 2017. 

Ashore, he served as Surface Nuclear Assignments Officer (PERS 412N) at the Bureau of Naval Personnel.  Commander Aldridge also served as Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council staff, in the Executive Office of the President, where he was responsible for U.S. strategic capabilities policy and Asia-Pacific defense policy. 

Commander Aldridge’s personal awards and decorations include the Presidential Service Badge, Defense Superior Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit commendations, campaign medals, and service ribbons.