|LCDR Josh Stewart
LCDR Josh Stewart’s first assignment was in USS ANZIO (CG 68) as the Damage Control Assistant. While in ANZIO, LCDR Stewart completed his Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of the Watch qualifications while completing a Mediterranean Deployment, two BALTOPS exercises, and several Cooperative Engagement Capability testing events. In 2002, LCDR Stewart reported to USS COWPENS (CG 63) as the Assistant Operations Officer, later serving as the Main Propulsion Assistant while forward deployed to the Western Pacific. While in COWPENS, he qualified as a Tactical Action Officer and completed a deployment in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and several multi-lateral exercises in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
LCDR Stewart returned to the Western Pacific as the Chief Engineer in USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56). While in McCAIN, he completed a historic deployment to the Southern Pacific in commemoration of the Great White Fleet and several multi-lateral exercises. LCDR Stewart then served as an assessor and project officer at ENGINEERING ASSESSMENTS- ATLANTIC. While in EAA, he served as the DDG class lead and conducted fifty-three engineering assessments throughout the Atlantic Fleet.
Shore assignments for LCDR Stewart include Pacific Team Lead at the Office of Naval Intelligence-SABER Branch in Suitland, MD from 2004 to 2006. He also served as the military deputy N5 (Plans) at the Naval Air and Missile Defense Command in Dahlgren, VA from 2010 to 2013.
A native of Richmond, VA, LCDR Stewart holds a B.A. in Journalism from George Mason University where he was a graduate of the Oxford University Honors Course. He also holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown University and an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL in 2000.