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March 12, 2013

Stillwater native takes command of Carrier Strike Group One

CORONADO, Calif. — Rear Adm. David F. Steindl relieved Rear Adm. T. K. Shannon as commander, Carrier Strike Group One, during a recent change of command ceremony aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

A native of Stillwater, Steindl assumes command of CSG-1 after his last tour of duty as the commander of Naval Service Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Steindl graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

He is a 1980 graduate of C.E. Donart High School in Stillwater.

Steindl’s assignments at sea include damage control assistant and main propulsion assistant onboard USS Crommelin, propulsion plant examiner for the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board, engineer officer in USS Cowpens, executive officer of USS Ross, commanding officer of USS John Paul Jones and commander, Destroyer Squadron 7.

He also served as sea combat commander during USS Ronald Reagan Group’s maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf.

Steindl has completed one Mediterranean and six WESTPAC deployments, during which he supported Operations Southern Watch, Allied Force/Noble Anvil and Enduring Freedom.

CSG-1 was formally established Oct. 1, 2009 and deployed in November 2011 with Carl Vinson, Carrier Air Wing 17, the embarked “Fighting Redcocks” of Strike Fighter Squadron 22, the “Sunliners” of VFA 81, the “Stingers” of VFA 113, the “Fist of the Fleet” of VFA 25, the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron 134, the “Tigertails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 and the “Red Lions” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15, Destroyer Squadron One, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey. CSG-1 is operating from Naval Air Station North Island and is stationed aboard Carl Vinson.  

Shannon, who assumed command of CSG-1 Nov. 18, 2011, led the strike group through a successful Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployment, during which the strike group supported coalition forces in Afghanistan in the 5th Fleet area of operations and participated in Exercise Malabar 2012 with the Indian Navy in the 7th Fleet AOR.  

While under Shannon’s command, CSG-1 also became the first strike group to participate in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, a maritime law enforcement operation within the Oceania’s exclusive economic zone.

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