Captain Steve Carmichael is a native Californian, initiated a Chief Petty Officer in 1996, commissioned through the LDO Program and re-designated an Aeronautical Engineering (Maintenance) Duty Officer in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University, his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Touro University New York graduating "Summa Cum Laude" in 2006, and designated an Acquisition Professional Community member in 2012.
Carmichael's operational assignments include the USS RANGER (CV-61) where he served in AIMD, advancing through Second Class Petty Officer during three West Pacific deployments as a Hydraulics Technician; Strike Fighter Squadron 94 in Lemoore California where he was selected "Sailor of the Year" completing two deployments as Line Division and Flight Deck Chief; at Strike Fighter Squadron 137 he was MMCO through Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and AMO leading the maintenance department through the transition from F/A-18C to F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; in Jalalabad Afghanistan he was the Embedded Training Team Operations Officer commanding convoys through hostile combat territory in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM; in Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN as CAGMO he caught the Air Wing during deployment onboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) and led through a condensed turnaround period involving carrier certifications, sustainment exercises, and THIRD Fleet Operations; onboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN70) he served as AIMD Officer leading through an extended deployment and ensuring unprecedented readiness for CVW17's execution of 2400 missions - delivering 570,000 pounds of ordnance in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Ashore, Carmichael served in Sea Control Squadron 41 in Coronado California where he was track supervisor for S3 Aircraft Flight Control, Landing Gear, and Plane Captain Programs; at Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles he achieved Recruiter in Charge (RINC) of a large station in Mission Viejo; as Maintenance Officer at Strike Fighter West Pacific Maintenance Unit El Centro he supported multiple aircraft platforms; at AIMD (now FRCW) Lemoore he was in the Airframe, Paraloft, and Power Plant Divisions, highlighting the tour with F414 Engine I Level Consolidation and an Enterprise-wide AIRSpeed validation significantly reducing repair turnaround time; DAPML for F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Site Activation and Structures DAPML at NAVAIRSYSCOM PMA-265; Readiness Officer at Strike Fighter Wing Pacific; and served in Fleet Replacement Squadron 122 during its initial standup with the Super Hornets, a second time as QAO and Maintenance/Material Control Officer, and finally as RAGMO after it became the Enterprises largest Organizational Level Maintenance Department contributing to their recognition as the coveted CSFWP LTJG Bruce Carrier award winners. As NAMP Programs & Policy Officer N422C at Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific he was responsible for the oversight and management of five Aviation Maintenance Management Teams; as Executive and Commanding Officer at Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific from April 2017 to July 2019, he supported forward deployed U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Forces operating F/A-18, F-35, H-1, H-53, H-60, KC-130, and V-22 aircraft; and finally at Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific he was Director of Aviation Maintenance Policy until reporting to FRC West as Executive Officer in May 2020.
Carmichael has earned numerous unit and personal awards including five Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals.