Commander Thomas A. Shear II
CDR Shear is a native of Grand Rapids Michigan. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1981. He reported aboard his first “Boat” the USS PHILADELPHIA SSN 690 in Sep of that year.
His follow on sea tours included New Construction and first SSBN Patrol of USS HENRY M JACKSON SSBN 730, and New Construction and first deployment of USS ALEXANDRIA SSN 757. USS CLARK FFG 11 (Great Lakes Cruise 1999), USS STEPHEN W GROVES FFG 29 (Standing Naval Force Atlantic), and returned to the USS CLARK as the Operations Officer for Decommissioning and HOTSHIP Transfer to the Polish Navy. USS REUBEN JAMES FFG 57 as the Auxiliaries Officer and deployed as part of the ABE LINCOLN Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Operations Officer aboard USS SHOUP DDG 86 completing WESTPAC 06 and RIMPAC 06. Executive Officer, MCM CREW CONFLICT, embarked USS CHIEF MCM 14 and USS ARDENT MCM 12 including an 8 month deployment to Fifth Fleet, Commanding Officer of MCM CREW PERSISTENT deploying again to fifth fleet embarked in USS SCOUT MCM 8 and USS DEVASTATOR MCM 6.
Shore tours include duties as Marine Navigation Instructor at the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit Florida A & M University. As a drilling reservist he served as Chief Master at Arms for Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center (NMCRC) Grand Rapids, Special Projects Coordinator for the NR LKA unit, Reserve Intermediate Maintenance Activity Assistant Officer in Charge and Project Coordinator, and Staff Submariner for NR DESRON 14. He received his Commission as a Limited Duty Officer in 1998 and returned to active duty in 2000. Executive Officer NMCRC Indianapolis, Commanding Officer, NMCRC Madison WI, a 6 month Individual Augment tour to Commander U. S. Navy Central Command in Bahrain, Prospective Commanding Officer Course Coordinator Surface Warfare Officer School, student at the U. S Naval War College, and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Training to Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command.
CDR Shear is a twice winner of the Fleet Junior Officer Ship Handler of the Year awards, in 1999 on the USS CLARK in the Atlantic Fleet and in 2002 on the USS REUBEN JAMES in the Pacific Fleet, as well as other awards and commendations.