Rear Admiral Stephen T. Koehler

Rear Adm. Steve Koehler grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in physics in 1986. He was commissioned through Naval Reserves Officer Training Corps (NROTC) and designated a naval aviator in March 1989. He holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Joint Staff College and the Navy Nuclear Power Program.

Koehler flew the F-14 Tomcat and the F-18 E/F Super Hornet. He commanded the Pukin’ Dogs of Fighter Squadron (VF) 143, the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the Aircraft Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Additional assignments at sea include tours in VF-211 and VF-41 and as executive officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). During these operational tours he supported Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom in support of contingency operations in Iraq, Deliberate Guard in support of stabilization efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Unified Response, providing emergency disaster relief to Haiti and Unified Protector in support of contingency operations Libya.

Koehler has served ashore as an instructor pilot in the Grim Reapers of VF-101, placement officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, executive officer of VF-101, military assistant/naval aide to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs), chief of staff to Commander, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in Djibouti and the director of Fleet/Joint Training at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Koehler has logged over 3,600 hours in various Naval Aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous unit, service and campaign awards.

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