NORFOLK-There's a new leader for Naval Air Force Atlantic.
RADM Shoemaker will be responsible for overseeing the manning, training, and equipping of seven nuclear powered aircraft carriers, four carrier air wings, a strike fighter wing, a patrol and reconnaissance group, a maritime patrol wing and two helicopter wings based on the east coast of the United States.
The command encompasses 80 squadrons, more than 1,000 aircraft and 40,000 personnel supporting Maritime Security Operations and carrying out U.S. maritime strategy by providing combatant commanders sea control and power projection, forward presence and on-call deterence, as well as mobile humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Shoemaker reports to AIRLANT from his most recent job as Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) which recently returned from deployment.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Shoemaker has operated from eight aircraft carriers, commanded two F/A-18 strike fighter squadrons including the east coast Fleet Replacement Squadron VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, a carrier air wing and two carrier strike groups. He has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours, primarily in the A-7E Corsair and F/A-18C Hornet, and logged more than 1,000 arrested landings.
Branch, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot, has commanded AIRLANT since February, 2011. He has been nominated for promotion to Vice Admiral and assignment to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operation as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance / Director of Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC.