Steven Levesque Charleston
Aviation Executive and Navy Reservist
About Steven Levesque Charleston
Currently serving as the president of the Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, Steven Levesque continues more than 19 years of executive experience in aviation. He has become a noted figure in the field, earning citations in numerous industry publications, including Aviation Pros, Flying, Airport Business, and Aviation International News. Steve Levesque also served on the board of the University of North Carolina Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Alumni Association.
Since 1989, Steven Levesque has served in the United States Navy and the Navy Reserve. During this time, he held positions such as Staff Action Officer of the United States Joint Forces Command, Commanding Ifficer of the NCHB-13, and Executive Officer of the NR VTU Charleston. He also earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal for his service.
Today, in his position with the Hawthorne, Steve Levesque oversees global aviation and aircraft management services, as well as jet charters and fixed-base operator (FBO) services. One of his recent projects resulted in the opening of a new FBO at the Chicago Executive Airport. The FBO encompasses a 10,000-square-foot terminal with pilot lounges, conference facilities, a full-service fueling station, and other services.
An Aviation Industry Executive and the USS Carr
Steven P. Levesque, a long-time resident of Charleston, South Carolina, previously led Hawthorne Global Aviation Services before founding his own company, Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC. Prior to joining the aviation industry, Steven P. Levesque of Charleston began his career as a Naval officer, serving on board the USS Carr (FFG-52).
The USS Carr was an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate that was commissioned on July 25, 1985, at Seattle, Washington. In 27 years, the frigate was deployed 13 times and sailed throughout much of the world. It traveled as far west as the Eastern Pacific, east to the Indian Ocean, south to the Equator, and north to the Arctic Circle.
The ship performed various missions, from maritime operations in the Arabian Gulf to drug enforcement operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. The USS Carr was the first ship on the scene when the submarine Bonefish caught fire, and its crew aided in the rescue of 89 submariners. It recovered $26 million worth of cocaine during a drug-enforcement operation in October 2012.
The frigate was named after Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Paul Henry Carr, who died of injuries while serving heroically during the Battle Off Samar in October 1944. He was awarded the Silver Star.
The USS Carr was decommissioned on March 13, 2013.
During his tour on the USS Carr, Steven Levesque deployed twice to the Middle East and participated in numerous counter narcotics operations in the waters off of Central and South America. Subsequent to his tour onboard the USS Carr, Steven P. Levesque served over 25 years on active duty and in the reserves. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (with 2 gold stars) and various campaign and deployment awards.