Captain Zoah SchenemanCommanding Officer, Afloat Training Group Norfolk
Captain Zoah Scheneman began his Surface Warfare career enlisting in 1987. He spent 9 years as an Operations Specialist, attaining the rank of First Class Petty Officer. During his enlistments he served on USS Wisconsin (BB 64), deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, USS Anzio (CG 68), and Commander Carrier Group Eight, deployed as the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group.
Following his commission in 1996 through the Seaman-to-Admiral program, attending Officer Candidate School and initial Division Officer training, he reported as Gunnery Officer and Ship’s Training Officer on USS Briscoe (DD 977). Deployed to the CENTCOM AOR in 1998, he served as a Boarding Officer enforcing U.N. Sanctions through Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS).
In 2000, he attended Old Dominion University and completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Information Systems.
In 2004 after completing Department Head training, he reported as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer on USS McFaul (DDG 74) and deployed twice to the CENTCOM AOR.
He then was assigned as a student at U.S. Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff. While there he conducted advanced research as a member of Halsey Group Charlie in Theater Ballistic Missile Defense.
In 2007, he reported as Deputy Director Operational Concept Development, AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren Virginia and detached in 2011.
In early 2012, he reported as Executive Officer USS Mahan (DDG 72) and completed the first half of his Fleet Up in May of 2013. After assuming command of USS Mahan, Captain Scheneman finished the back half of a 6th Fleet Ballistic Missile Defense Deployment, then led an 11 month redeployment effort, returning to the 5th Fleet as a BMD deployer in August of 2014 and was relieved in November.
Upon detaching Mahan, he reported as Deputy Commodore for Destroyer Squadron Two Six in January 2015.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.