Since graduating in 1986 from Orofino High School, Capt. Stuffle has served on five ships and commanded two, the USS Gladiator (MCM 11) – a minesweeping vessel - and most recently the USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 46) – a frigate. Capt. Stuffle has since served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations at Commander, US Third Fleet and then as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations at Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
Destroyer Squadron One will be his third afloat command, but unlike his previous two, he will be charged not with one ship but eight, along with their crews and senior leadership. While deployed, he will be the Sea Combat Commander for the Carrier Strike Group, directing the anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare efforts of his squadron and other strike group assets.
Of his third Sea Command, Capt. Stuffle says, “Commanding a United States Warship was one of the greatest honors of my life and to be able to serve in that capacity multiple times, was something I could have never dreamed of. I’m proud to have the chance to influence the lives of our young service men; hopefully in the same manner I was influenced by the amazing teachers, coaches, friends and neighbors who took interest in me while growing up in a small town.”
Capt. Stuffle is a 1986 graduate of Orofino High School, where he continued on to the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Astronomy. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training (NROTC) program.
Capt. Stuffle holds a Master of Science Degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.