USS Sampson
"Through Courage and Arms"
LCDR Luke N. Shank
Executive Officer (July 2013 - September 2013)

A native of Kendallville, Indiana, LDCR Luke Shank graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002 with a B.S. in Quantitative Economics. While at the Academy, he was an All-American rifle shooter, competitor at the 2000 Olympic trials, and the Rifle Team Captain.

In 2005 LCDR Shank reported aboard the USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) as Auxiliaries Officer where he subsequently qualified as Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of the Watch. In 2005, PEARL HARBOR completed a seven-month WESTPAC and was the first ship to provide relief to Pakistani earthquake victims.

From 2006 to 2007, LCDR Shank served as Navigator on USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52). BUNKER HILL completed a six-month WESTPAC earning her golden “BATTLE E” and the Spokane Trophy.

Returning to the Naval Academy, he completed one year of shore duty as an Action Officer on the Special Event Staff and was selected to attend the Naval War College in 2009 where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security Studies and JPME Phase 1 certification.

LCDR Shank reported to USS SAMPSON in January 2011 for a three year tour as Weapons and Combat Systems Officer. During this tour, SAMPSON completed a six-month WESTPAC, INSURV Material Inspection, and was awarded the James F. Chezek Gunnery Award and both the Spokane and Arizona Memorial Trophies for Combat Systems readiness.


 Served with...

Command Master Chief (April 2013 - May 2015)
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