|CAPT Steven R. McDowell
A native of Millbrook, NY, Capt. McDowell is a 1993 graduate of Brockport University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1997 following his initial enlistment as an Intelligence Specialist onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
As a Surface Warfare Officer, he served as Information Systems Officer in USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); Fire Control Officer in USS San Jacinto (CG 56); Combat Systems Officer in USS Nicholas (FFG 47) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71); Executive Officer in USS Mobile Bay (CG 53); and Commanding Officer in USS Gary (FFG 51).
Capt. McDowell’s shore tours include Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in National Security Affairs; N6 at Destroyer Class Squadron; N5/Assistant Chief of Staff Plans Officer at Expeditionary Strike Group Two, Legislative Fellow to U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine; Action Officer and Executive Assistant at Naval Warfare Integration Group (OPNAV N00X); Global Force Management Data Initiative Branch Chief at Joint Staff, J8; and Deputy Director, Naval Surface & Mine Warfighting Development Center, Sea Combat Division.His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), as well as various campaign and unit awards.