Captain Marc Stern, a native of Sunnyvale, California, attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1989. Upon commissioning, he attended Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, Nuclear Prototype Training in Windsor, Connecticut, and the Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, Connecticut.
CAPT Stern reported to USS GURNARD (SSN 642) in January, 1991, served in various Division Officer assignments, and completed two Western Pacific deployments.
CAPT Stern then served from November, 1993 to November, 1995 as the Staff Submarine Officer for the Commander- in-Chief, Iberian-Peninsula Atlantic in Lisbon, Portugal. He was then assigned as Engineer Officer on USS GATO (SSN 615) from November, 1995 to April, 1996 and then decommissioned USS PUFFER (SSN 652) from April, 1996 to July, 1996 and USS SUNFISH (SSN 649) from July, 1996 to March, 1996.
Following graduation from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in September, 1997, CAPT Stern reported to USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) (GOLD) for duty as Navigation/Operations Officer, where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols, including one to the Mediterranean. In March, 2002, he went on to serve as the Operations Officer for Submarine Squadron TWENTY, during which time he completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Brenau University.
Following Prospective Executive Officer training, his next assignment was as Executive Officer on USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) from May, 2002 to March, 2004. During that tour, the ship completed a Mediterranean deployment. CAPT Stern then served as Executive Officer on the COMSUBLANT Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team from March, 2004 to March, 2005.
Following completion of Prospective Commanding Officer training, CAPT Stern served as the Submarine Squadron ELEVEN Deputy for Readiness from September 2005 to March 2007.
CAPT Stern served as Commanding Officer on USS TOPEKA (SSN 754) from April 2007 to April 2010. While there, the ship completed a deployment to SEVENTH Fleet as well as a deployment to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. Under his command, TOPEKA earned three consecutive Battle Efficiency 'E' awards and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
CAPT Stern returned to Submarine Squadron 11 to serve as the post-command Deputy Commander from March 2010 to March 2011, and then served on the Joint Staff, J8, from June 2011 to May 2013. CAPT Stern then served as Commander, Task Force 69 from July 2013 to July 2015. He then served as the Maritime Operations Director for COMSUBPAC.
CAPT Stern's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various unit awards. He was a 2008 PACFLT finalist for the Admiral Stockdale leadership award.
(Current as of June 2017)