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Captain Aaron Shoemaker

A native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Capt. Aaron Shoemaker, a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has also earned Masters of Science degrees in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in 2005 and National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2014.   
Following completion of flight school, he was designated a Naval Aviator and has served in operational tours worldwide. His sea tours include Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 as instructor pilot and mission commander; USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the operations administration officer and officer-of-the-deck (Underway); Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 as department head, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 as executive officer and commanding officer.
Ashore, Shoemaker has served as Flag Aide to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command; instructor pilot in Patrol Squadron (VP) 30; Deputy Executive Assistant to Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8); as Presidential Strike Advisor and Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, Joint Staff; and as the OPNAV N34 Division Chief, overseeing the Navy’s Antiterrorism, Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems, High Value Unit Escort, Personnel Recovery, and Pandemic and Infectious Disease policies. 

Capt. Shoemaker’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medal (Strike/Flight Award), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards. 

Last Updated: 3 June 2022

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