Captain Stevens assumed the duties of Commander, Sector Virginia, in June 2020, after serving two years as Deputy Commander. As Sector Commander, he leads 1,200 Coast Guardsman and Auxiliary personnel, among six cutters, five small boat stations, three aids to navigation teams, and a Sector Field Office. Conducting Coast Guard missions in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s waters and offshore, his official authorities include Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.
Captain Stevens has over 25 years of experience in a broad array of operational, intelligence, joint, and staff assignments to include: Coast Guard Cutter MALLOW; the National Drug Intelligence Center; Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Design and Engineering Standards and Office of Standards Evaluation and Development; Chief, Contingency Preparedness and Force Readiness, Sector Delaware Bay; Liaison Officer to U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Joint Staff; and Executive Officer, Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Pacific. Prior to his service at Sector Virginia, he served as the Special Assistant to the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, where he was responsible for the daily and long-term administration of the Commandant’s strategic priorities.
A 1995 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, and an Intelligence Community Graduate Certificate from the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C.
Captain Stevens’ personal decorations include Coast Guard Meritorious Service, Commendation, and Achievement Medals, and several Unit and Service awards.