CDR Stephen J. Henz
Commander Stephen J. Henz is a natived of Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Ohio State University and accepted a Naval commission through the NROTC program in December of 2000. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Afloat, Commander Henz completed his Division Officer tours in San Diego, California aboard USS JARRETT (FFG 33) as the Training Officer and Damage Control Assistant, and aboard USS COMSTOCK (LSD 43) as the Main Propulsion Assistant. He completed his Department Head tours as Engineer Officer aboard USS Russell (DDG 59) in Pearl Harbor, HI, and USS HUE CITY (CG 66) in Mayport, FL. Following his time on HUE CITY, Commander Henz served as the Korea Plans and Exercise Officer for Commander, Task Force Seven Zero staff aboard USS GEORGE WASHINTON (CVN 73) forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. While assigned to Task Force Seven Zero, Commander Henz was temporarily assigned as the Executive Officer aboard USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) while deployed in the Seventh Fleet AOR and her return to homeport of San Diego, CA. Commander Henz is serving as the Executive Officer aboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) home-ported in Pearl Harbor, HI. During his sea tours he made 6 deployments to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Ashore, Commander Henz served on Commander U.S. Fifth Fleet staff, located in Manama, Bahrain as a Force Protection Action Officer, as well as a Strategic Analyst for U.S. Pacific Command J83 directorate at Camp Smith, Hawaii.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3x), the Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous individual and unit awards.