Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral James W. Stevenson, Jr.

Commander, United States Naval Forces Southern Command

Rear Admiral James W. Stevenson, Jr.

A native of Boston, Mass. and raised in Alexandria, Va., Rear Admiral Stevenson graduated from Tulane University with a bachelors of arts degree in political science in May of 1976. He was commissioned as an Ensign through the NROTC program in May 1976.

His sea tours include: Electronic Material and Warfare Officer, Anti Submarine Warfare Officer and First Lieutenant of USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5); Combat Systems Officer and Engineer Officer in USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34); Commanding Officer of USS Engage (MSO 433); Executive Officer of USS Spruance (DD 963); Commanding Officer of Spruance; Commander, Destroyer Squadron Fifteen; Chief of Staff for Commander, 6th Fleet; and Commander, Carrier Strike Group Twelve.

Rear Adm. Stevenson’s primary shore assignments include: Staff Combat Systems Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron Eight; Chief Military Secretary to the Director for Logistics (J4) for the Joint Staff; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for Commander, Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet; and Executive Assistant for Commander, United States Naval Forces, Europe/Commander, Allied Forces, Southern Europe. After being selected for Flag rank, Rear Adm. Stevenson was assigned to Deputy, Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations) (N3/N5) as the Director of Operations and Plans Division (N31). Rear Adm. Stevenson’s current assignment is Commander, United States Naval Forces Southern Command.

He received a master of science degree in information systems from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Rear Adm. Stevenson’s personal decorations include: Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (Four Gold Stars); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (one Gold Star); and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one Gold Star).

Updated: 31 July 2008