CPO Steven M. Freitag retired from the United States Navy on Friday October 28, 2011 after 24 years of service in Naval Aviation.
Chief Freitag graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1981 and from Iowa State University in 1985. He is the son of Neil & Marjorie Freitag of Reinbeck.
Chief Freitag is from Reinbeck. He enlisted in the Navy and went to RTC Great Lakes for basic training in January of 1988. Upon completion of basic training, he completed AMS'A' School in Millington, Tenn. and Naval Aircrew Crew Candidate School at NAS Pensacola, Fla.
In September 1988 he joined the Pro's Nest of VP-30 as a Utility Aircrewman and flight schedule writer. During this tour he was designated a Naval Aircrewman, awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and advanced to Petty Officer 2nd class.
After completing E-6A Airframes and Hydraulic Organizational Maintenance Course at Huntsville, Ala. and E-6A Mission Reel Operator Course at NAS Patuxent River, Md. he joined the Shadows of VQ-4. During this tour he qualified as a first position RO in 6 months, became a NATOPS Instructor and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designation. It was also during this tour that the Shadows conducted a no stand-down homeport change from PAX River to Tinker AFB in Okla.
His next tour was with the Ironmen of VQ-3; he served as NATOPS Instructor, RO Collateral Duty Inspector and Quality Assurance Representative. During this time he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer and also worked with the E-6B Model Manager bringing the E-6B reel system on-line and developing a training syllabus for fleet use. At the end of this tour he was selected to convert to Flight Engineer and after school at NTSU, he returned to VQ-3 working as training LPO, NATOPS Instructor and Maintenance controller.
The next tour was with Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment Tinker where he served as Flight Engineer Instructor and Airframes Instructor. During this time he was designated a Master Training Specialist and in Sept. 2003, promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
Chief Freitag then returned to the Shadows for his final sea tour. During his tour he served as Line Leading Chief Petty Officer, Operations Leading Chief and performed collateral duties as a maintenance controller with Safe For Flight authority.
His final tour was with the Roughnecks of VQ-7. During this time he was the Operations Leading Chief, Safety/NATOPS Leading Chief and served as the Senior Enlisted Leader.