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RADM Thomas K. Shannon ’82

Rear Admiral | U.S. Navy (Ret.)


  • B.S., Maine Maritime Academy, 1982
  • M.A., Naval War College, 1998

Tours at Sea:

  • USS Jack Williams (FFG 24), USS Nicholson (DD 982)
  • Surface Operations Officer in Cruiser Destroyer Group 12
  • Executive Officer in USS Boone (FFG 28)
  • Chief Staff Officer in Destroyer Squadron 14
  • Commanding Officer, USS De Wert (FFG 45)
  • Commanding Officer, USS Vicksburg (CG 69)
  • Commander, Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Strike Group
  • Commander, Military Sealift Command

Tours Ashore:

  • Assistant Professor of Naval Science, University of Texas at Austin
  • Director, Navy’s Joint and Contingency Matters Branch
  • Director, Navy’s Surface Fires Branch
  • Executive Assistant to the Director, Navy Surface Warfare
  • Division Chief in the Joint Staff, J-3 Directorate, Pacific Command
  • Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Training and Readiness, U. S. Pacific  Fleet

Distinguished Service:

  • Navy Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
  • Legion of Merit (4)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (4)
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)
  • Various Personal, Service, Unit and Campaign Awards

Community Service:

  • Guest Speaker, Panelist and Author on subject matter relative to the Maritime Industry, Leadership, Ethics, Character Development and Professional Development
  • Member, Navy League of the United States and Surface Navy Association (Advocacy)