Stephen Otero is a Texas native, who spent 12-years as a U.S. Air Force Non-commissioned officer building an award-winning track record of global communications within the international community.
Stephen possesses extensive experience in strategic communication planning, crisis communications, campaign planning, public and media relations, information technology, and social media best practices.
He has served in multiple public relations leadership roles throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Stephen was assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany from August 2008 to March 2012 as the Social Media Manager, where he implemented and maintained a multifaceted social media outreach program. During his time assigned to Germany, Stephen deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Khost Province, Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 as Deputy Chief of Public Affairs where he researched, planned and executed communications coverage of 3K employees’ spanning a 13K square mile area. He created and executed new policy in support of senior leader key messaging initiatives and developed key messages to target audiences in order to accomplish management initiatives and develop a diverse range of international relationships. Stephen’s approach fostered sustainable partnerships through negotiation between Taliban and U.S. government personnel.
While assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base from 2005 to 2008, Stephen was assigned as project manager overseeing and advising staff PR personnel, event, inventory & budget manager, trainer of imagery development/acquisition operations, and network administrator. During his time assigned to Barksdale, Stephen volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as one of the first U.S. Air Force counter-IED investigators assigned to the U.S. Army, under direction of the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Mobile Unit 3. In Iraq, he was involved in classified operations targeting disrupting enemy IED supply lines and developing new tactics to counter the IED threat.
Stephen’s other assignments include time with the 55th Air Wing Public Affairs, Omaha, NE 2003-2005, and United States Strategic Command, Omaha, NE 2001-2003 as the 4 Star General’s personal photographer and intelligence imagery maintainer.
Stephen’s education includes:COMPTIA A+ CertificationAdobe Creative Suite Certified ProfessionalArmy Combat Skills TrainingSpecial Weapons And Tactics Team TrainingCounter-IED Investigators CourseMilitary Trainer/Certifier CourseOfficer Leadership/Management CourseAirmen Leadership School - ValedictorianAdvanced Combat Camera CourseVisual Information Management CourseSurvival Evasion Resistance Escape CourseDefense Information School Photojournalist Course
Stephen also holds numerous professional awards from throughout his career such as Communications Excellence Awards for Best Website Design and Best Visual Communicator from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster, the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal, the Communications and Information Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, the Communications and Information Airman of the Year, and the John L. Levitow Distinguished Honor Graduate Award for finishing 1st in his class at Airman Leadership School.
He is a contributing member of the National Press Photographers Association, Nikon Professional Services, The National Association of Photoshop Professionals and a United Services Organization Volunteer.Stephen has served with numerous units from the U.S. Army, U.S Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps including 75th Ranger, 5th Group SFS, 4th ANGLICO, 82nd ABN, 101st ABN, Mobile Unit 3, and 1st Marine Division.
Stephen currently resides in Houston with his wife Sarah and is employed as the Public Relations Director for Security America Mortgage, Inc., a VA specialized mortgage-lending company.