A native of Port Washington, New York, Rear Adm. Shawn Duane graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and earned his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1989. Duane was designated a naval aviator in 1991.
Flying the S-3B Viking, Duane deployed with Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 embarked aboard USS America (CV-66) and USS George Washington (CVN-73) to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and Adriatic in support of Operations Deliberate Force and Southern Watch.
In 1997, he transferred to Training Squadron (VT) 86 as an advanced instructor pilot at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. In 2000 he transitioned to the reserve component and served as the executive officer of VT-4 Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) and then commanding officer of the VT-10 “Wildcats”.
Subsequent command tours include Navy Reserve (NR) Commander Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Partnership Program Det. 413 and NR Commander Strike Force Training-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. Non-command tours include 6th Fleet Det. 802 where he specialized in maritime exercises in North Africa. Duane served as the deputy commander, for Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component which supports over 8,500 Reserve component sailors in the region.
Duane’s recent deployed experience includes a 2014 assignment as chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), based in Djibouti, Africa.
Duane has flown over 6,000 flight hours in various military aircraft and accumulated 349 carrier arrested landings. He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.