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Commander Shilling is a native of Detroit, MI. and received his commission in May 1997 from the United States Naval Academy.
 
Upon completion of submarine training he was assigned to the USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Ct. During his three year tour, the City of Corpus Christi completed a six month deployment to South America, a change of homeport to Portsmouth, NH and an engineered refueling overhaul. While onboard Lt. Shilling served as the electrical officer, main propulsion assistant, and damage control assistant.
 
In January 2002 Cmdr. Shilling reported to Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY as a nuclear power instructor. During his two year tour he served as a shift engineer on the S8G Nuclear Prototype as well as the production training officer. In February 2004 he reported to Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12 Tactical Analysis Group (TAG) where he performed duties as the torpedo and countermeasure officer. While attached to the TAG he lead numerous torpedo tactical development exercises and rewrote the Navy’s advanced capability torpedo employment manual.
 
After completion of submarine officer department head school, Cmdr. Shilling reported to the USS Louisiana (SSBN 743 GOLD) in Bangor, WA as the navigation and operations officer. While onboard USS Louisiana the ship completed five highly successful nuclear strategic deterrent patrols and a follow-on commander’s evaluation test (FCET) exercise that included the successful launch of two Trident II D-5 inter-continental ballistic missiles. As a result the ship was awarded the Submarine Squadron 17 Battle Efficiency “E”, the Commander, United States Strategic Command Omaha Trophy as the best strategic asset for 2006, and a Meritorious Unit Citation.
 
Following his graduation with distinction from the College of Naval Command and staff at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, Cmdr. Shilling served as executive officer onboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737 GOLD) in Bangor, WA. During his tour the ship completed two extended strategic deterrent patrols that included several successful high visibility operations and preparations for an engineered refueling overhaul.
 
In March 2012, Cmdr. Shilling reported to office of the Secretary of Defense/Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation where he worked as an operations research analyst on numerous Defense Department program and budget issues.
 
While Cmdr. Shilling’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals, he is most proud of three Meritorious Unit Citations, a Battle Efficiency “E”, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award he earned as a member of various commands. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history, Master of Science degree in human resource management from New School University, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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