Navy's Top Detailer Earns a Star

Story Number: NNS081027-10Release Date: 10/27/2008 11:21:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy's top detailer was promoted to rear admiral Oct. 24 at Navy Personnel Command.

Rear Adm. Troy M. "Mike" Shoemaker was pinned in an early morning ceremony by his wife, children and his long-time mentor, Rear Adm. Joseph Kilkenny, commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

As assistant commander of Navy Personnel Command for Career Management, Shoemaker is responsible for the placement of more than 330,000 active component Sailors around the world. His office manages roughly 200,000 permanent change-of-station moves annually.

Shoemaker, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering and was designated a naval aviator July 1984.

Shoemaker's operational assignments include tours with Light Attack Squadron 105 (VA-105), Strike Fighter Squadron 105 (VFA-105), Carrier Air Wing 3 and Carrier Air Wing 17. He has completed seven deployments with USS Forrestal (CV 59), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). He has logged more than 4,000 flight hours, primarily in the A-7E Corsair and the F/A-18C Hornet, and 1,033 carrier arrested landings.

Shoemaker commanded VFA-105, VFA-106 and Carrier Air Wing 17.

His shore assignments include tours with Light Attack Squadron 174 (VA-174), Light Attack Squadron 122 (VA-122) and VFA-106. He was also assigned to Navy Personnel Command, served as aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet prior to assuming his current assignment. He completed the Naval War College Non-Resident Program and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

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