Commodore (May 2012 - Present) 
CAPT Brian K. Shipman
Commodore 

Captain Brian Shipman is a native of Dallas City, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, earning a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering and was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program in 1989.

Sea duty assignments for Captain Shipman include his initial assignment in USS Nimitz (CVN 68) where he served as Radio Division Officer, First Division Officer and Electrical Division Officer. In 1993 he reported to USS Chosin (CG 65) as Strike Officer. Upon completion of Department Head School, he was assigned to USS Milius (DDG 69) where he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer, and then to Commander THIRD FLEET in the J7 Training and Readiness directorate. From 2002-2004, Captain Shipman served as Executive Officer in USS Howard (DDG 83) and he commanded USS Decatur (DDG 73) from 2007-2009. He reported to Destroyer Squadron TWENTY ONE in May 2012.

Ashore, Captain Shipman attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, earning a Masters Degree in Operations Analysis in 1997. He reported to Naval Personnel Command in 2004, serving as Pacific Fleet Cruiser/Destroyer Placement Officer and then as Placement Branch Head. In June 2009 he reported to Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense in Dahlgren, Virginia, initially assigned as Director, Joint Maritime Operations and Integration and then as Chief of Staff.

Captain Shipman’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4th Award), the Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign ribbons.
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