Rear Adm. Steven W. Maas is a native of Decatur, Georgia. He received a Bachelor's degree from Furman University. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a Master in Business Administration he is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Advanced Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He was commissioned in 1973.
He served as director of Logistics and Engineering, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Maas was assigned to Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group, where he served as officer in charge of deployed detachments to Egypt, Diego Garcia, and the Antarctic. After graduation from Submarine School, he reported as supply officer aboard fleet ballistic missile submarine, USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640), completing three strategic deterrent patrols. He then served as supply officer aboard attack submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN 697). Following this tour, Maas was assigned to Trident Refit Facility in Bangor, Washington, where he served as submarine supply assistance team and material support officer.
In 1982, Maas reported to the Staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron 14 homeported in Holy Loch, Scotland, where he served as squadron supply officer. Following graduation from the Naval War College, he served as fleet ballistic missile staff director, storage division director and industrial support officer at Naval Supply Center, Charleston, South Carolina. In 1988, he became the third officer in charge of Naval Supply Systems Command Price Fighter, where he was responsible for engineering value analyses on spare parts and weapon systems. Maas served as supply officer aboard the submarine tender USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36) from 1991 through 1993, deploying to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. In May 1993, he reported as director for Plans, Programs and Budget, Submarine Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In July 1996, Maas was assigned as assistant Chief of Staff for Supply and Financial Management for Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He returned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as deputy director, Supply Programs and Policy Division from July 1998 to July 1999. From July 1999 to September 2000, Maas served as director of Supply Corps Personnel, Millington, Tennessee. He served as commander, Navy Exchange Command from October 2000 to June 2002. His previous assignment, he served as director of logistics/fleet supply officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from July 2002 through June 2004.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and other personal and campaign awards. He is designated as both a Submarine and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.