Captain Jim “J-Stew” Stewart is a native of Suquamish, Washington. He was commissioned through the NROTC program following his graduation from Seattle University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA as a Staff Nurse. In 2000, Captain Stewart re-designated to Naval Aviation and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in August 2001.
His first operational tour was flying H-46Ds with HC-11 based in San Diego where he deployed aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1) supporting Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. He also earned his Fleet Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway qualification. He then reported in 2005 to HSC-2 in Norfolk, VA as an MH-60S Instructor Pilot to establish the East Coast MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron and serve as the Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. During his shore tour at HSC-2, Captain Stewart deployed to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2009, Captain Stewart retrained to the SH-60F/HH-60H and reported to the Dusty Dogs of HS-7 for his Department Head tour serving as the Admin, Safety, Training, Operations and Maintenance Officer. He deployed in May 2010 with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Immediately following the deployment, he led the squadron's homeport change from Jacksonville to Norfolk and the transition to the MH-60S as the Norfolk Officer in Charge.
Captain Stewart reported to the World Famous Red Lions of HSC-15 in March 2014 as the Executive Officer. He assumed command of the Red Lions in June 2015 during the squadron’s fly-off from its 10-month deployment with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He remained with the Red Lions until their deactivation in March 2017. Following command, Captain Stewart has served as the Deputy Force Readiness Officer for Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and as the Force Inspector General for Commander, Naval Special Warfare.
He is a graduate of the Naval War College and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (3), and various unit and service awards.