Stevens was born on October 10, 1964 and grew up in the U.S. state of Montana. He graduated from Arlee High School in May 1983.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College; Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government "Leadership in Crises"; Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; and the National Defense University Keystone course.
Stevens is an Honor Graduate and the recipient of the prestigious Peter Tomich Award for exceptional military excellence from the Senior Enlisted Academy.
Stevens shipped to Basic Training in San Diego, California, in June 1983. He attended Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” School in Millington, Tennessee and his first duty assignment was VQ-2 Rota, Spain.
Stevens's other assignments have included: Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis, Minnesota;, HM-14 Norfolk, Virginia, HM-18 Norfolk, Virginia, Aviation Schools Command Pensacola, Florida, HS-4 San Diego, California, VC-8 Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Norfolk, Virginia and U.S. Second Fleet Norfolk, Virginia.
In October 2002, Stevens was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and assigned to VC-8, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico as the Maintenance Master Chief and Command Master Chief. In October 2003, Master Chief Stevens reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola and assumed the duties as the base Command Master Chief. In August 2006, Master Chief Stevens reported to HM-14 as the Command Master Chief. After a brief but highly successful tour, in September 2007, he was selected by Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic to serve as the Wing Command Master Chief for the largest Helicopter Wing in the U.S. Navy.
In January 2009, Stevens was selected as the Command Master Chief for United States Second Fleet, and then in July 2010 as the 16th Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, before finally selected as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy in June 2012.
On March 16, 2016 Stevens announced that he would retire on September 2, 2016 after 33 years of Naval Service. The chief of naval operations (CNO) announced the selection of the 14th master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) June 9, 2016. Steven S. Giordano took charge from Stevens on 2 September 2016 during a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard.
Beginning in June 2016, Stevens spearheaded a review of the Navy's existing enlisted rating system. After Steven's retirement, a group of senior enlisted leaders came to the conclusion that the Navy needed to replace its current enlisted system on September 29, 2016 with the release of NAVADMIN 218/16. The changes would have eliminated ratings in favor of the generic titles of "Seaman" (E-1 to E-3) or "Petty Officer" (E-4 to E-6) and accompanying Navy Occupational Specialty codes, but this change was reversed in December 2016 after substantial criticism.
Post Navy Career
Stevens retired from the Navy on 2 September 2016, and was announced by Victory Media as its chief operating officer on 8 September 2016.8 gold Service Stripes.