Commanding Officer (June 10, 2014 - Present) 
CDR Thomas S. Stephens
Commanding Officer

CDR Stephens is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1997.

His sea tours include: Electrical Officer in USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) from 1998-2000; Ordnance Officer in USS DOYLE (FFG 39) from 2000-2001; Combat Systems Officer in USS NASSAU (LHA 4) from 2004-2006; and Combat Systems Officer in USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) from 2006-2008.

He served ashore as Class Officer at OCS, Pensacola, Florida from 2002-2004; as Operational Planner at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain from 2009-2010; and as Policy Advisor at the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) in Arlington, Virginia from 2010-2012.

CDR Stephens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of West Florida (1996) and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College (2009). He is a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) in Newport, Rhode Island (2009).

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit and service awards.

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