An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Captain Aaron Shoemaker

Capt. Aaron Shoemaker is a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has also earned master’s 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, Shoemaker was designated a Naval Aviator and has served in operational tours worldwide. His sea tours include Patrol Squadron 26 (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 16 (VP-16) as department head, and Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40) as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.

Ashore, Shoemaker served as Flag Aide to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command; instructor pilot in Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30); Deputy Executive Assistant to Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8); 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.

On April 29, 2022, Shoemaker assumed command of Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (Strike/Flight Award), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Last Updated: 5 January 2024


Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central, has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central, does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central, does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central, content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.

Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central   |   PSC 817, Box 108   |   FPO, AE 09622
Official U.S. Navy Website