Lieutenant Steven J. Vitug is a native of San Diego, California. He graduated from California State University Long Beach and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 2015.
His first tour was on USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), where he served as the First Lieutenant and Main Propulsion Officer. He deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group in 2015. His second deployment was to the 7th Fleet area of operations, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region with the USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group in 2016.
LT Vitug reported to USS ARDENT (MCM 12) for his second tour. On board, he served as the First Lieutenant, Weapons Officer, Auxiliary Officer, and Repair Officer. Onboard ARDENT, he qualified as an Engineering Officer of the Watch, completed a 3rd Fleet Homeland Defense Patrol, and the ship’s decommissioning.
LT Vitug is currently serving at the SWO Instructor and Sophomore Advisor at the University of Michigan, NROTC. He has served as a Company Officer for CORTRAMID West 2021.
LT Vitug’s awards include two Navy Marine Corps Achievement medals and other unit and service awards. He is JPME-1 qualified, and is pursuing a graduate degree in business.