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Commanding Officer


 Commanding Officer

Commander Michael T. Steffens

United States Navy

CDR Michael T. Steffens is a native of Virginia Beach, VA. He commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Virginia Tech in 2003 with a degree in Technology Education and a 2013 graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a master’s degree in Technology Management.


His first operational assignment was aboard USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) operating out of Sasebo, Japan and was designated a Surface Warfare Officer in 2005. Forward deployed throughout Southeast Asia, he served as the weapons officer and force protection officer. This included providing humanitarian support during the 2004 tsunami relief in Sumatra, Indonesia.


Re-designating to Naval Aviation, he winged as a Naval Flight Officer in 2007 and reported to VP-45. As mission commander and instructor, he deployed twice to SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, and PACOM AORs leading counter drug & ASW operations in the mighty P-3C Orion.


Steffens then joined VP-30 as an FRS instructor. As P-8A NFO training, he qualified as one of the first ever P-8 weapons and tactics instructors, mission commanders, and NATOPS evaluators supporting the first three P-3 to P-8 squadron transitions. During this time Steffens was the recipient of the 2012 Naval Flight Officer of the Year award for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group & Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.


Following his FRS tour, he served as the flag aide to Commander, Pacific Fleet traveling 192,000 miles visiting 12 countries including China, New Zealand, and Singapore.


Returning to the flight line in 2015 with the VP-8 Fighting Tigers, he served as the maintenance and operations officer, deploying twice to the 7th fleet AOR. Here he was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award for 2016.


His most recent tour was as the assistant Washington DC placement officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN. This included placement for officers at over 100 commands including the White House, National Security Council, Department of State, NASA, and Chief of Naval Personnel.


In June 2019, CDR Steffens assumed the duties as Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron TWO SIX. In May 2020 CDR Steffens became the 75th Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron TWO SIX