Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson is a native of Bowie, Maryland. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the University of Maryland, College Park and the George Washington University where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School and became an engineering duty officer while earning his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.
Williamson’s tours as a surface warfare officer included damage control assistant on USS Lynde McCormick (DDG 8) and first lieutenant on USS Long Beach (CGN 9). While on USS Long Beach, he completed a major overhaul while the ship was in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
His engineering duty tours include: deputy project superintendent and docking officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, mine warfare type desk officer at Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic; officer in charge of the Fleet Technical Support Center detachment Mayport; combat systems repair officer, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center; officer in charge Ship Repair Facility & Japan Regional Maintenance Center Yokosuka detachment Sasebo; Business, Production and Operations officer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility; and the 48th commander of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.
Williamson reported as the director, Fleet Maintenance, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2015. Williamson served an individual augmentee tour for U.S. Central Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).