Commander Steve J. Sollon
Commander Steve J. Sollon is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and commission in May 2000 via the U.S. Naval Academy. He initially selected submarines but eventually re-designated to cryptology. Following re-designation he reported to Pensacola, Florida, in June 2001, where he completed Cryptologic Officer training at Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station. His first assignment in the community was at the Naval Security Group Activity Fort Meade from 2001 to 2005, where he served at the National Security Operations Center and the Information Warfare Support Center.
Additional assignments include the signals and electronic warfare officer onboard USS Antietam (CG 54) from 2005 to 2007, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in 2005 and 2007. In 2007, Sollon transferred to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii, where he initially served as a team lead in the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) branch. Sollon deployed on an Individual Augmentation with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in 2008, where he served as the collection management chief. After his return from deployment, he assumed duties as the tailored access operations military deputy.
Cmdr. Sollon's senior leadership and staff assignments include a joint assignment as the signals intelligence advisor for the XVIII Airborne Corp., where he deployed as part of the closeout Corp for U.S. Forces-Iraq; U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet as the battle watch captain, cyber mission force planner, and deputy cyber fires chief; officer-in-charge of Navy Information Operations Detachment Groton; deputy information warfare commander for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 in Norfolk, Virginia, where he deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to the U.S. European and Central Command areas of responsibility; and deputy assistant chief of staff for Manning, Manpower, and Readiness at Naval Information Forces, where he also temporarily served as the executive assistant to the commander during a period of urgent operational need.
Cmdr. Sollon currently serves as the executive officer of Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC).
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards. He is a qualified information warfare officer, surface warfare officer, and basic parachutist. He holds a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Studies from American Military University.