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CDR Stacey L. O’Neal is a native of Greenville, Miss. She enlisted in the Navy in 1994 as a Machinist Mate (conventional), serving aboard USS PLATTE (AO 186) until December 1998. In January of 1999, she was assigned to the Cryogenics (O2N2) shop aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in Mayport, Fla. and was accepted for an officer program in 2001. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University North Florida and was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in December 2003.
After commissioning, she reported aboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) as Mine Warfare Officer for pre-commissioning in Pascagoula, Miss. (plank owner) and sailed to home port in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Her second Division Officer tour was aboard USS HUE CITY (CG 66) in Mayport as the Training Officer.
Her first shore assignment was with Surface Warfare Officers School Command (SWOS) in Newport, RI, to teach Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE). Upon completion of her tour, she received a year sabbatical through the Graduate Education Voucher (GEV) Program where she completed a Masters in Management at Salve Regina University and Joint Military Professional Education (JPME Phase I) through distance learning at the Naval War College.
Her Department Head tour was as the Engineering Officer aboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) homeported in Norfolk, Va. and Operations Officer aboard Littoral Combat Ship Crew (LCS) 212 in San Diego, Calf.
CDR O’Neal returned to SWOS as Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer Course Lead in December 2015 and then as Command Qualification Coordinator until November 2018. She then attended the Naval War College, completing a Master of Strategy and earning JPME Phase II in November 2019.
CDR O’Neal completed her Executive Officer tour aboard USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD-17) homeported in Norfolk. Before assuming the duties as Executive Officer of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio in August 2021, she served on the staff of N35 at United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF).
Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6) and various unit and campaign awards.