Rear Adm. Shawn E. Duane is a native of Port, Washington. He 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. He holds a master’s degree in Joint Warfare from the U.S. Air Force, Air Command and Staff College and is joint qualified.
Flying the S-3B Viking, Duane deployed with Sea Control Squadron 32 (VS-32) embarked aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66) and USS George Washington (CVN-73) to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas in support of Operations Deliberate Force and Southern Watch.
In 1997, he transferred to Training Squadron Eighty-Six (VT-86) as an advanced instructor pilot at Naval Air Station 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” SAU.
Subsequent command tours include Naval Reserve (NR) Commander Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Partnership Program Detachment 413 and NR Commander Strike Force Training- Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. Non-command tours include U.S. 6th Fleet Detachment 802 and service as the deputy commander, for Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component.
Duane’s deployed experience includes a 2014 assignment as chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), based in Djibouti, Africa. Selected for Flag Officer in 2016, Duane served as vice commander for US Naval Forces Europe/Africa-U.S. 6th Fleet based in Naples, Italy.
Duane has flown over 6,000 flight hours in various military aircraft and accumulated 349 carrier arrested landings and a single bolter. He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.