CDR John Shannon was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1989, reporting to the "Blue Alii” of VC-1 at NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii. Following this, he reported to the “Easyriders” of HSL-37, at Barber’s Point, Hawaii. He received his Associate of Arts degree in 1995, and in 1997 he graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Aviation. Commissioned that same year, he went on to earn his “WINGS OF GOLD” in October of 1999 and began initial flight training in the H-60F/H in San Diego, California.
In November 2000, he reported to the “Tridents” of HS-3 at NAS Jacksonville, FL where he deployed aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as part of Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8). In addition to qualifying as a Helicopter Aircraft Commander (HAC), he held various positions in the squadron to include Schedules, Personnel, Aircraft Division, and NATOPS Officer.
In March 2004, he joined the “Airwolves” of HSL-40 at NS Mayport, FL as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot flying the SH-60B. He served as a Squadron Night Vision Device (NVD) Instructor Pilot, and completed his Executive MBA via Distance Learning at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He held various positions in the squadron to include Ground Safety and Line Division Officer.
In July 2006, he transitioned to the “Redwolves” of HSC-84 at NS Norfolk, VA. He qualified as a Combat Helicopter Aircraft Commander and deployed to Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component (CJSOAC) Balad, Iraq where he completed three flying tours in the H-60H in support of Special Operations tasking. He held various positions in the squadron to include Maintenance, Quality Assurance, and Tactics Officer.
In October 2008, he joined the “Dragonslayers” of HS-11 at NAS Jacksonville, FL where he deployed aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as part of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1). He held various positions in the squadron to include Administration and Operations Officer.
In June 2011, CDR Shannon reported to the Directorate of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa, FL. His duties included the Global Employment of the Force (GEF), Force Allocation Decision Model (FADM), and the Strategic Planning Process (SPP) where he coordinated events with the Commander USSOCOM.
Throughout his career, CDR Shannon has logged nearly 3000 flight hours. Personal decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Single Action Air Medal with Combat “V”, Strike / Flight Air Medal (6), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), along with various other unit and campaign awards.
Commanding Officer :: Executive Officer :: Senior Enlisted Leader