|Captain Thomas P. Shaw
Captain Shaw graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and received his commission from Naval Officer Candidate School in 1987. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
His assignments at sea include Engineer Officer and Operations Officer in USS PLUCK (MSO 464), Damage Control Assistant in
USS O’BRIEN (DD 975), Engineer Officer in USS REID (FFG 30), Materiel Officer on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron SEVEN, commissioning Executive Officer in USS HOWARD (DDG 83), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat and Intelligence Systems (C5I) Officer in USS BONHOMME RICHARD
(LHD 6), Commanding Officer in the U.S. Special Operations Command High Speed Vessel JOINT VENTURE (HSV X1), and Deputy Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. During these operational tours he also served as Commander, Naval Special Warfare High Speed Vessel Task Unit and as Commander, Port Clearance Group conducting harbor clearance and port opening operations following the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. He has completed seven Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployments including participating in Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Enduring Freedom-Philippines, Ultimatum, and Tomodachi.
Ashore, Captain Shaw served at Surface Warfare Officers School Pacific as department head of both the Engineering and Shipboard Management departments while also instructing engineering and damage control. He also served as Commanding Officer of Engineering Assessments Pacific.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit and campaign awards.