CNATT Unit Oceana
Commander David Moore
Commanding Officer
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana
Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Moore was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. and raised in Easley, S.C. He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1986 and reported to basic training at Recruit Training Center (RTC), Orlando Fla. Upon completion of recruit training he attended Aviation Ordnance “A” School at Naval Air Technical Training Center Millington, Tenn.

Cmdr. Moore’s enlisted career began with Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8), home ported at NAS Brunswick, Me., where he made deployments to Rota, Spain; Keflavik, Iceland, and a split deployment to Sigonella, Sicily, and Jedda, Saudia Arabia in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In October 1991, he transferred to the VFA-106, home ported at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla. After his short tour with the ‘Gladiators”, he reported to the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 where he made deployments aboard USS America (CV-66) and USS George Washington (CVN-73). While attached to VFA-86 he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer and held the positions of Ordnance Branch Supervisor, QA LPO, Line Division LPO and was selected as the Sailor of the Year for 1996 and 1997.

In June 1998 he transferred to NAMTRAGRU Detachment Jacksonville, Fla., where he was promoted and initiated to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and served as MTU 1011 Branch Chief.

He was commissioned to Ensign through the CWO/LDO commissioning program in January 2000, and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., to attend Officer Indoctrination and Aviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression.

Cmdr. Moore reported to the “Sunliners” of VFA-81 in April 2000 where he served as Squadron Ordnance Officer and AV/ARM Division Officer, and deployed twice aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. While with the “Sunliners”, he was selected as the 2003 Ground Officer of the Year.

In March 2004, he transferred to Navy Munitions Command, Detachment Oceana, Virginia where he served as Assistant Officer-in-Charge and Officer-in-Charge.

In December 2006, he reported as the Ordnance Officer of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) where he deployed onboard the USS Enterprise. He reported as the Weapons Officer for Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL) in March 2010 and in November 2011 transferred to COMUSNAVCENT as 5th Fleet Weapons Officer.

Cmdr. Moore’s next assignment was aboard USS George H W Bush (CVN-77) where he served as the Ordnance Handling Officer and Weapons Officer from July 2013 to May 2016. He completed a nine month deployment and earned the Battle “E” & Weapons Department black “W”.

Cmdr. Moore holds a Master's degree in Leadership and Management from Liberty University. His personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards) and various campaign and unit awards and various unit and campaign awards.

In June 2016, Commander Moore reported to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana as Executive Officer and assumed command of the unit in November 2017.

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Commander Gary Michael Shelley
Executive Officer
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana
Executive Officer

Cmdr. Gary Michael Shelley, a native of Wallace, Idaho, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1988. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2004. A qualified professional aviation maintenance duty officer, Shelley later earned a master’s in Aeronautical Science with a specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006.

Shelley’s enlisted tours of duty include Sea Control Squadron (VS) 33 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego; Fighter Squadron (VF) 124, VF-101 and VF-11. He was selected for promotion to the rank of chief petty officer in 1999.

After commissioning as an ensign through the Limited Duty Officer Program in October 2000, Shelley’s tours of duty include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83; VFA-37 where he was selected as the 2008 Commander Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Maintenance Officer of the Year; VFA-106; on the Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, Atlantic staff; aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and on the Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic staff.

Shelley’s most recent tour of duty was as maintenance officer for Joint Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the U.S. Navy’s only operational F-35C joint strike fighter squadron.

Shelley’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (10 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Sea Service Deployment Ribbons (nine), and numerous unit and campaign awards.

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AOCM (AW/SW) Mark E. Seals
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Seals hails from Columbus, Ga. He enlisted in the United States Navy in February of 1990. Upon completion of boot camp in chilly Great Lakes, Ill., Airman Recruit Seals completed Airman ATD and was advanced to Airman Apprentice and reported to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) home port Norfolk, Va., for his first tour of duty. While there he advanced to Third Class Petty Officer and completed two Mediterranean deployments in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort.

In March 1994, he reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), also home ported in Norfolk, Va., for a two year tour of duty where he was the G-1 Division Flight Deck Ordnance Supervisor. While attached he completed his third Mediterranean deployment and assisted in the transportation of the Army’s Tenth Mountain Division to operations off the coast of Haiti.

In January, 1996, he reported to AIMD Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., for his first shore duty tour of three years and was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. He was assigned to workcenter “C” where he was the lead maintenance technician for the F-14 weapons rail armament workcenter.

In March, 1999, he transferred to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) for a second time and third sea duty tour. He was assigned the duties of Supply/S-9 HAZMAT Division Workcenter Supervisor and completed his fourth Mediterranean deployment. He qualified Air and Surface Warfare Specialist and was promoted to First Class Petty Officer in December 2001.

In May, 2003 he reported to his second shore duty tour at VC-6 in Virginia Beach, Va., where he was assigned the duties of Ammunition Accountant and Workcenter 230 Leading Petty Officer. While there he was Vice President of the First Class Petty Officer Association and Detachment Career Counselor.

In July, 2006 he reported back to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) for a third time and fourth sea duty tour and completed his fifth and sixth Mediterranean deployments. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September 2006 and became the Division Leading Chief for the G-4 Weapons Elevator Division. While onboard Chief Seals made his rounds throughout Weapons Department assuming the duties as G-1 Division Leading Chief and finishing up his tour as the Ordnance Control Leading Chief.

In October, 2009 he reported to Naval Operational Logistics Support Center/Ammunition Material Management Office Atlantic (NOLSC/AMMOLANT) in Norfolk, Va., for his third shore duty assignment. While there, he was responsible for managing ordnance requisitions and logistics for the entire Atlantic Fleet. He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in July 2010 and assigned the duties as the Command Senior Enlisted Advisor.

In February 2012, he reported to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), on station in the North Arabian Sea, for his fifth sea duty tour and seventh deployment. While attached he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2014.

In May 2016, he reported to CNATTU Oceana, and is currently serving as the Senior Enlisted Advisor.

Master Chief Petty Officer Seals’ military decorations include the Navy /Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4) and various other personal and unit awards.

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