July 19, 2021: Radm. Mike Steffen recently became the new Commandant for Naval District Washington. He succeeds former Commandant, Radm. Carl Lahti, in the position. Radm. Steffen, a 1992 graduate of Virginia Tech, was commissioned through Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets in conjunction with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and designated a Naval Aviator in 1994. Prior to reporting to Naval District Washington, he was Deputy Commander for U.S. 2nd Fleet from August 2019 to June 2021. His sea duty tours include serving with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS-4), deploying twice with Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW 14) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), along with four combat deployments conducting special operations in Iraq with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 (HCS-4) and HCS-5 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Radm. Steffen’s shore tours include the east coast HS Wing Weapons School as an instructor pilot and the FLIR/Hellfire weapons system subject matter expert, as well as serving on the staffs of Helicopter Wing Reserve and Naval Air Forces Reserve. His command tours include the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 60 (HSL-60) in Jacksonville, Florida, the Maritime Support Wing, based in Coronado, California, and Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. He holds a Master of Science in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego.