Commander Steve GrovesCommanding Officer
CDR Steve Groves hails from San Mateo, CA and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1988 as an Aviation Electronics Technician. CDR Groves graduated from Boise State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management. After receiving his degree, he reported to Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 2001.
In February 2002, CDR Groves joined Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2) in Rota, Spain for his first operational assignment. During his tour he held the positions of Legal Officer, NFO Training Officer, and Detachment Officer In Charge for CTG 67.4, Souda Bay, Greece. He qualified as an EP-3E Mission Commander supporting Operation NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In March 2005, CDR Groves reported to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) Fallon, Nevada as a Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI) at the Electronic Reconnaissance Weapons School. During his assignment, he served as the Advanced Readiness Program curriculum manager and EP-3 Model Manager for tactics. CDR Groves also completed an 11 month IA assigned to various Army units in Iraq, as an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) for Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE (JCCS-1).
In May 2008, CDR Groves reported as a “Shooter” onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), the Navy’s first and ONLY Forward Deployed nuclear aircraft carrier homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour he served as the V-4 Fuels Division Officer, V-5 Administration Division Officer, and V-2 Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer. Additionally, he qualified as Assistant Air Officer (MINI Boss).
CDR Groves reported in August 2010 to the “Wizards” of Special Projects Patrol Squadron TWO, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for his Department Head tour. As a member of VPU-2 he held the positions of Configurations Officer, Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer. He also served as Mission Commander and Officer In Charge of several forward deployed detachments conducting combat missions.
In January 2013, CDR Groves reported to Sigonella, Sicily, Italy and served as the Operations Officer for Commander Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force U.S. SIXTH Fleet (CTF-67).
Throughout his career, CDR Groves has logged 2200 flight hours. Personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal and various other unit and campaign awards.