Steven Voigt was born on August 10, 1962, in Waverly, Georgia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 23, 1981, and went on active duty to begin basic training on September 21, 1981. Voigt completed basic training at NTC San Diego, California, in November 1981, and then attended Aircrew School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, from November 1981 to February 1982. After attending additional training at NATTC Millington, Tennessee, Petty Officer Voigt attended SH-3 Sea King aircrew training and rescue swimmer training at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron ONE (HS-1) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He then remained with HS-1 at NAS Jacksonville, and deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), until June 1986, when he joined HS-9 at NAS Jacksonville. Petty Officer Voigt served with HS-9 at NAS Jacksonville, and deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from June 1986 to November 1988, followed by service back with HS-1 at NAS Jacksonville from November 1988 to December 1990. He attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, from December 1990 to October 1991, and then attended Basic Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in October and November 1991. His next assignment was with SEAL Team EIGHT at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from December 1991 until he was killed in the crash of an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter in the Persian Gulf on October 25, 1996. Steven Voigt was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross, Georgia.
His Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Citation reads:
For meritorious service while serving as training department leading Petty Officer and Echo Platoon engineering representative at SEAL Team EIGHT from December 1991 to October 1996. Petty Officer VOIGT's superior leadership and organizational skill insured Echo Platoon's readiness and 100 percent mission success during Joint Task Group 96-2 deployment aboard USS Enterprise in support of Operations "DECISIVE ENDEAVOR," "SOUTHERN WATCH," and during two Sixth Fleet exercises. His unique ability to motivate his teammates and coordinate over 50 stand-by alert status logistical requirements significantly enhanced mission readiness. Petty Officer VOIGT's professionalism and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.