CDR Sylvester Steele
Commander Sylvester Steele graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He also holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and the U.S. Naval War College.
Earlier shipboard duty includes tours in the destroyers USS ARTHUR W. RADFORD (DD 968), USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51), USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), and USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) and in Destroyer Squadron TWO FOUR, including numerous deployments and operations in the SIXTH Fleet and FIFTH Fleet areas of responsibility.
CDR Steele commanded the destroyers USS STOUT (DDG 55) and USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68), deploying twice to the Mediterranean Sea and combat during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN.
His shore assignments include the Navy Personnel Command, Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and on staffs of the Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet - Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, and Special Assistant to Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
CDR Steele assumed duties as executive officer of USS Bataan (LHD-5) on 1 December 2016.
His personal commendations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards.