Commander Steve Puskas
Commander Puskas is a native of Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and was commissioned through the NROTC program. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Naval Post Graduate School.
Commander Puskas enlisted as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate in 1993 and after graduating from Prototype, he stayed on to complete an instructor tour where he received an NROTC Scholarship. Upon commissioning and completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer course, in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to USS NORMANDY (CG 60). In NORMANDY from 2002 through 2004 he completed a Mediterranean deployment and served as Repair Division Officer and Ships Maintenance and Material Officer. He then reported onboard USS RAMAGE from 2004 to 2006. There he served as ships Training Officer.
Commander Puskas’ department head tours, from 2010 through 2013, included Chief Engineer tours in USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) and USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55). In MITSCHER he completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. In LEYTE GULF he supervised their major modernization availability, follow on trials, and training cycle.
Following his department head tours, Commander Puskas served as Cruiser lead assessor at Engineering Assessments Atlantic and in September of 2016 he took command of USS GETTYSBURG CG64, and started her journey through the SLEP process and prepared her for reactivation through multiple Industrial availabilities until he changed command in March of 2018.
Commander Puskas is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two stars, along with various unit and campaign citations.