Captain Shawn Malone of Chicopee, Massachusetts is a 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

At sea, his career as a naval aviator includes assignments with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) Four Five (HSL 45) aboard USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) and USS VINCENNES (CG 49); Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight / EISENHOWER Battle Group and Carrier Group Seven / STENNIS Strike Group staffs; and as an HSL 47 detachment officer-in-charge aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). He commanded HSL 47 aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). During this tour, the Saberhawks were recognized with the 2006 Captain Arnold J. Isbell trophy for tactical excellence and the 2007 “Golden Anchor” and Battle “E” awards.

Ashore, he served as a fleet replacement instructor at HSL 41 and the SH-60B naval aviation training and standardization evaluator; as the section head for anti-submarine warfare aviation and unmanned systems requirements in the Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N86); and as a politico-military planner with the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5).

He is a 2005 graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff and a 2012 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. He also served as the United States representative to Class 66 at the Naval Staff College’s international maritime course.

In September 2012, Captain Malone reported to Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Deputy Commander.

Captain Malone has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours. He was the 1998 Seahawk instructor pilot of the year. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V”, the Humanitarian Service Medal for hurricane Katrina relief operations and various unit and campaign medals.