|CAPT Steven A. Mucklow
CAPT Mucklow is a native of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He graduated from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and received his commission in 1986.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS EL PASO (LKA 117), where he served as Electronic Material Officer and later, the Main Propulsion Assistant. In August 1989, CAPT Mucklow reported to Surface Warfare Officers School Command where he served as Directors Assistant and Scheduler in the Command Training Department, and was selected as the NETC Newport Junior Officer of the Year for 1991.
In October 1992, CAPT Mucklow reported to USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as Operations Officer where he completed the initial install and testing of the Ships Self Defense System. Subsequently, he served as the Operations and Plans Officer for Amphibious Squadron FOUR, deploying and operating on the INCHON, WASP and NASSAU Amphibious Readiness Groups, and then served as Flag Secretary to the Commander, Amphibious Group Two, 1995-1997. In May 1997, Captain Mucklow was selected to attend the US Army Command and General Staff College, and subsequently, the School of Advanced Warfighting I Quantico, VA. While assigned to USACGSOC, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
In February 2000, CAPT Mucklow reported to USS CORMORANT (MHC 57) as the Commanding Officer, where the ship earned the Battle Efficiency E for 2001. He then reported to Yokosuka, Japan and reported to Commander, Seventh Fleet for Duty in the Operations, Plans and Exercises directorate and lead action officer South Asia.
In March 2004, CAPT Mucklow took command of USS CUSHING and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as Scene of Action Commander for Maritime Critical Infrastructure Protection in the North Arabian Gulf. Following the completion of their Fifth Fleet deployment, CAPT Mucklow led CUSHING during 7 months of SEVENTH Fleet operations before executing a homeport shift from Yokosuka to San Diego. On September 22, 2005, CAPT Mucklow decommissioned CUSHING, the last SPRUANCE Class Destroyer in service.
From 2005-2008, CAPT Mucklow served as Chief of Operations and Plans on the staff of Carrier Strike Group TEN, 2005-2008, where he deployed with the GEORGE WASHINGTON during Partnership of the Americas, and subsequently deployed with the HARRY S. TRUMAN Strike Group to CENTCOM AORs in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
He most recently served as Chief of Plans at Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, US Joint Forces Command, 2008-2010, where he was assigned to US Central Command for 16 months as the Chief of Operations and Plans for the Department of Defense’s highest priority contingency plan.
CAPT Mucklow’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.