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Commander Steven L. Schmidt
Executive Officer

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CDR Schmidt is a 1997 graduate of the University of Delaware. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy.

CDR Schmidt’s first assignment was onboard USS SHILOH (CG 67). After advancing to Second Class Petty Officer he was selected for Officer Candidate School and received his commission in January 2000.

In June 2000 CDR Schmidt reported to USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) as Combat Information Center Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer, and Legal Officer. In June 2002 he reported to USS CURTS (FFG 38) as Navigator. 

From December 2003 to June 2007 CDR Schmidt served at the United States Naval Academy as a Naval Science Instructor and Surface Warfare Officer Career Information Program Coordinator. 

In February 2008 CDR Schmidt reported to USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19) as Operations Officer. In June 2009 he reported to Commander, Amphibious Squadron Eight as Staff Operations and Plans Officer. In February 2011 CDR Schmidt assumed command of PC CREW MIKE and commanded USS TEMPEST (PC 2) and USS CHINOOK (PC 9).

In May of 2012 CDR Schmidt reported to OPNAV N96 as the LCS Mission Modules Requirements Officer. In November 2013 he reported to the Joint Staff, J5 in the Deputy Directorate for Joint Strategic Planning. In February 2017 CDR Schmidt reported to USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) as Executive Officer.

CDR Schmidt holds a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and is a qualified Joint Service Officer.

CDR Schmidt’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various unit and service awards.