Commander Eric J. Stein is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. His career began as a seaman recruit in 1986 at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, with initial specialty training at Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Radioman "A" and "C" schools at Groton, Connecticut. His enlisted career included tours aboard USS Barbel (SS 580) (1988-1989), forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan; USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) (1990-1992) during new construction and initial sea trials in Newport News, Virginia; and on the Joint Staff (1992-1995). He advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1994 and completed a Leading Chief Petty Officer tour aboard USS William H. Bates (SSN 680), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1995-1997.
On 1 October 1997, Stein was commissioned an Ensign through the Limited Duty Officer program while on board USS William H. Bates en route to a Western Pacific deployment and subsequently earned the submarine officer warfare qualification.
After completing officer indoctrination in April 1998 at Pensacola, FL, he initially served on the Staff of U.S. Submarine Forces Atlantic Fleet as a Communications Watch Officer and ultimately the senior Communications Officer. During this tour he managed a 60-person watch team maintaining all submarine communications across the Atlantic Ocean area.
In June 2001, he reported to Commander, Submarine Squadron 16 in Kings Bay, GA, as the Squadron Communicator, responsible for training and maintenance for five strategic submarines for both blue and gold crews. His team provided submarine Commanding Officers assessments of communications readiness during team trainers ashore and during refresher training and operational readiness assessments underway.
Reporting to the Staff of Commander, Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan, in July 2004, he held three major assignments. Initially assigned as Assistant Department Head for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4), he transitioned into the Department Head (N6) and Staff Executive Officer positions. As N6, he was responsible for all deployed submarine communications in the Western Pacific and FIFTH Fleet theaters and Information Technology support for the CTF74/54 Staff. As Staff Executive Officer, he managed daily operations for 145 personnel.
Stein reported to U.S. Joint Forces Command in July 2007 as Chief, Satellite Operations and Requirements Branch. He led a joint team providing satellite communications resources to support Combatant Command operations and training. From March to November 2008, he deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, with the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Task Force Ramadi. While deployed, he was the lead Contract Management Officer, managing $15 million in Iraqi national and third country national contracts to meet the Commander's intent to improve the Ramadi Forward Operating Base. After returning from the Middle East, he served as the J6 Executive Assistant from March 2010 to July 2011.
In July 2011, he reported to Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic as Deputy N6 (Communications and Information Systems) leading a department of 120 communications professionals. In 2013 he was reassigned as the first Submarine Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager. In September 2016, he transferred from the Submarine Force headquarters and reported to the Naval Safety Center as the Director for Submarine Safety. Currently, he serves as the Executive Officer of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
Commander Stein holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Master's degree in Political Science. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various other unit and campaign awards.