by Jack Croft
The following is an excerpt from the Winter 2015 issue of the Alvernia Magazine. Dr. Curt Stevens recently completed his Ph.D. in Leadership at Alvernia and participated in the May 2019 commencement ceremony. The Veterans Center will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in Fall 2019.
Under the sea, pressure kills. Last summer a steel-hulled robotic diving drone imploded, compressed by hydrostatic pressure estimated at 16,000 pounds per square inch, bursting the vehicle at the seams.
Submarine commanders face a different kind of underwater pressure. But it can be no less lethal.
Curt Stevens knows first-hand. Guiding one of the most technologically advanced machines ever created at depths in excess of 750 feet comes with a fair amount of stress. So does leading a team of men and women locked beneath the surface of the ocean in a 30-foot-wide, 300-foot-long nuclear powered naval vessel, armed with enough weapons of mass destruction to level several city blocks.
“It takes skill, knowledge, personal discipline and teamwork,” Stevens says about commanding a submarine. “Over 100 crew members work and live together for months at a stretch without seeing the light of day, all to defend their country. It’s an honor to serve with people like that.”