Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans is the son of a U.S. Marine and a native of Beaufort, South Carolina. He is a 1986 graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He holds a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, he is also a 2014-2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI Fellow and attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.
His sea tours include being a plank owner of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); fire control officer, USS Deyo (DD 989); combat systems officer, USS Hewitt (DD 966); executive officer, USS Hue City (CG 66); commanding officer, USS Mitscher (DDG 57); deputy commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 24; and commodore, DESRON-50 where he commanded Combined Task Force 55 (Middle East Force) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Combined Task Force 152. He most recently served as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2.
He made numerous deployments to the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Western Pacific Areas of Operation earning the Battle Excellence Award in every ship assigned.
Ashore, he served as flag lieutenant to Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force; instructor, Surface Warfare Officers School; chief of Special Operations Command Support, then chief of Southern Command Support, Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC); lieutenant commander detailer then deputy director, Surface Warfare Officer Distribution Directorate, Navy Personnel Command; section head for land attack/strike and anti-surface warfare programs and led the requirements analysis effort for the Next Generation Cruiser CG(X), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N86; director, Professional Development Division and chairman of the Admissions Board, U.S. Naval Academy; senior military assistant to the 75th secretary of the Navy, and as commander, Naval Service Training Command.
He assumed the role of U.S. deputy military representative to the NATO Military Committee in September 2019, whose mission supports cooperative security, crisis management, and commitment to the collective defense of the most diverse, powerful, and longest living military alliance in history.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit(five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) Joint Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and the Article 5 NATO Medal.