Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Mike Shatynski

Rear Admiral  Mike  Shatynski


Rear Adm. (ret) Shatynski's last assignment was as deputy commander, Naval Surface Forces where he led the implementation of the Surface Force personnel readiness strategy and the Surface Sea Warrior culture. Shatynski was a surface warfare officer who earned his commission in 1979 from the U.S. Naval Academy. While on active duty, his three sea tours included USS Fanning (FF-1076) in San Diego as Deck and Electrical division officers, USNS Hassayampa (TAO-145) in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, as officer-in-charge of the Military department and USS New Jersey (BB-62) in Long Beach, Calif., as Main Engines officer. He also completed a shore duty tour as a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor at the University of Southern California.

Shatynski served in both the blue and brown water since he began his Reserve career in 1987. He transitioned into the Reserves into Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Detachment 319 in Long Beach, Calif., where he served successively as repair, executive and commanding officers. He subsequently served in command of two surface ship reserve units, USS George Phillip (FFG-12) in Long Beach from 1991 to 1993 and USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) in San Diego from 1996 to 1998.

In 1993, he began his service with the Navy’s Expeditionary Combat units on the staff of Commander Naval Coastal Warfare Group One in San Diego (NCWG-1), now Maritime Expeditionary Security Group  (MESG) 1, where he acted successively as assistant readiness officer and the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) (N8) department head. He made two operational deployments while on staff. First in 1993, he deployed as department head with Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 112 for the first MIUWU deployment to Kuwait since Desert Storm. In 1994, he deployed to Failaka Island, Kuwait, on active duty for 60 days as executive officer of an Inshore Undersea Warfare immediate response detachment during Operation Vigilant Warrior in response to Iraqi troop movements toward the Kuwaiti border. While on station, the detachment also played a major part in successful maritime intercept operations (MIO) in support of the U.N. embargo of Iraq.

In 1998, he assumed command of MIUWU 114 at Whiteman AFB, Mo. Shatynski led the members of MIUWU 114 on two challenging deployments to Kenya and to Egypt to provide antiterrorism/force protection for United States military forces before and after the attacks on USS Cole (DDG 67). In October 2001, shortly after 9/11, Shatynski assumed command of Harbor Defense Command Unit (HDCU) 114 in Los Angeles. During the 12 months after 9/11, HDCU members mobilized in support of Operation Noble Eagle (ONE). In December 2002, HDCU mobilized and deployed in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom to protect the ports and waterways of Iraq and Kuwait. HDCU returned to the United States in September 2003 and reconstituted to move to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., and stand up the first Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWRON) on the West Coast, COMNCWRON 34. In October 2004, he assumed duties as deputy commander at CNCWG-1.

After being selected for flag, he assumed duties as deputy commander, Naval Surface Forces in May 2006.

Shatynski’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Shatynski earned his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Updated: 16 July 2013