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Lieutenant Colonel Steven D. Puckett, USMC

Lieutenant Colonel Steven D. Puckett, USMC
Commanding Officer

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO 

LtCol Puckett is a native of Ridgefield, WA and enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1988, where he served as an aviation life support maintainer for fixed and rotary wing squadrons at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI, MCAS El Toro, CA, and MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. In 1993, he was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned in May 1996. Upon completion of The Basic School, at MCB Quantico, VA, and flight school at NAS Pensacola, FL and NAS Corpus Christi, TX, he earned his Naval Aviator Wings in August 1998 and was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron TWO FIVE THREE (VMGRT-253) at MCAS Cherry Point, NC for training in the KC-130.

In January 2000, LtCol Puckett reported to VMGR-352 at MCAS Miramar, CA, where he deployed to Turkey in support of OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH and Afghanistan with Task Force 58 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. In October 2002, he was assigned to VMGR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, where he deployed to Bahrain and Djibouti in support of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit before joining the KC-130J Fleet Introduction and Model Manager teams. In October 2003, LtCol Puckett was temporarily assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), at Patuxent River, MD, where he served as Maintenance Officer and operational test pilot during the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the KC-130J.

In the fall of 2003, LtCol Puckett was selected for the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS)/Air Force Institute of Technology Cooperative Program and received his Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering upon graduating from USNTPS with Class 130 in December 2006. LtCol Puckett subsequently reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20), where he served as a project officer for C-130, UC-35 and UC-12W projects, and held several billets including Safety Officer, Operations Officer and Platform Coordinator.

In February 2010, LtCol Puckett was selected for transition into the Acquisition Management Professional Military Occupational Specialty (8059) and was assigned to Program Manager, Aircraft TWO ZERO SEVEN (PMA-207) from January 2011 to November 2015, where he served as the C-130 Military Deputy Program Manager for Navy and Marine Corps C-130 aircraft, including multiple Foreign Military Sales cases. In November 2015, LtCol Puckett reported to VX-20 to serve as Chief Test Pilot.

LtCol Puckett has accumulated more than 2,700 hours in 28 models of jet, prop and rotary wing aircraft. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3).

CMDCS (AW) Jacob N. Stovall

CMDCM(AW) Jacob N. Stovall
Command Master Chief
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO

A native of Denver, Colorado, Senior Chief Stovall enlisted in the Navy in February of 2001 and attended RTC in Great Lakes, Illinois. After completing RTC, he received his aviation technical training at Aviation Electrician’s Mate “A” school in Pensacola, Florida. After “A” school he attended H-60 Seahawk specific “C” school in San Diego, California.

His sea duty assignments include Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light 51 (HSL-51 Warlords) in Atsugi, Japan embarked on the USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62) and the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63); Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48 (HSL-48 Vipers) in Mayport, Florida; Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 46 (HSL-46 Grandmasters) in Mayport, Florida embarked on the USS MCINERNEY (FFG-8), USS ANZIO (CG-68), and USS BULKELEY (DDG-84); and Helicopter Sea Combat squadron 26 (HSC-26 Chargers) embarked on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), USS PONCE (ASFB(1)-15) and deployed to Manama, Bahrain in support of logistics operations in the Persian Gulf.

His shore duty assignments include Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU JAX) in Jacksonville, Florida; Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three in and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate in Patuxent River, Maryland.

He has qualified as a Master Training Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. He is a graduate of the Naval War College Primary Professional Military Education course, Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 205 and Naval Leadership and Ethics Center CMC/COB course, Class 17140.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (1), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (1) and various other unit and campaign awards.