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AEGIS Training and Readiness Center
Captain David G. Zook
U. S. Navy
Commanding Officer
AEGIS Training and Readiness Center

Commanding Officer

Capt. David Zook, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, graduated from Northwestern University majoring in history and international studies and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program in 1995. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Resource Management.

His initial sea tour was aboard USS Princeton (CG 59) where he held positions as electrical, auxiliaries, and assistant operations officer through the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), two Rim of the Pacific Exercises (RIMPACs), and a six-month counternarcotics deployment.

In October 1998, Zook reported to Amphibious Squadron 3, serving as combat systems / assistant operations / plans and schedules officer and acting supporting arms coordinator and liaison for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. During this tour, he was an advance Navy representative to the American Expeditionary Forces involved in stabilizing East Timor during the 2000 Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Arabian Gulf deployment.

In August 2000, he reported to the University of Michigan NROTC program as an instructor for Introduction to Ship Systems, Naval Operations and Navigation courses. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chief engineer aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) in Yokosuka, Japan. Also serving as the senior watch officer and leading tactical action officer, he helped lead the ship and crew through the first ballistic missile defense mission. Upon completion of his tour, Zook reported as commanding officer on Patrol Coastal Crew Bravo in 2005 and was responsible for turning over USS Tempest (PC 2) to the United States Coast Guard. He also embarked four hulls, completed two training cycles, an Arabian Gulf deployment embarked on USS Chinook (PC 9) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and completed the first depot planned maintenance availability for a U.S. naval vessel in Dubai Drydocks, United Arab Emirates. Patrol Coastal Crew Bravo earned the Battle E in 2006.

Zook next served as senior staff officer for Schedules and Exercises to the Western Canadian Fleet as a part of the Personnel Exchange Program where he helped to coordinate the first Canadian, U.S. and Japanese exercise, and made preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Following this, he served as flag secretary to Commander, Military Sealift Command and was involved in supporting the 2010 response to the Haiti earthquake.

In 2011, he reported as executive officer for USS Howard (DDG 83) and fleeted up to commanding officer, deploying twice in support of U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. 5th Fleet tasking. Howard earned the Battle E in 2013 and 2014.

Zook then served at Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO) as the capability assessment division chief and led the Nimble Fire, Black Dart, and Joint studies, which assessed integrated air and missile defense capability and capacity to inform acquisition. Most recently, he served as deputy for the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren (NSMWDC DD). As deputy of NSMWDC DD, he helped deliver the critical lessons learned from combat operations in the Red Sea to the fleet and led the development and fielding of tools and tactical guidance to address critical Combat Identification interoperability, advanced BMD Capability training and employment, and Naval Integrated Fire Control employment. He assumed command of AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in September 2017.

Zook's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit, campaign, and service awards.


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FCCM (SW) Shawn M. Harrell
Senior Enlisted Leader
AEGIS Training and Readiness Center

Senior Enlisted Leader

Master Chief Fire Controlman Shawn Harrell, a native of Kansas City, Mo., enlisted in the Navy in November 1994 and attended Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes, Ill. Following Recruit training, he attended Seaman Apprentice Training at NTC Great Lakes, Ill.

At sea, he reported to USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37) in Alameda, Calif. While aboard Samuel Gompers, Harrell struck FC and after the ship decommissioned, reported to Fire Controlman class “A” school at NTC Great Lakes, Ill. He then served aboard USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) as CF division display workcenter supervisor, qualified combat systems officer of the watch and deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet for three years. Next, Harrell reported as the CF leading chief petty officer (LCPO) on USS Cowpens (CG-63) where he qualified as combat systems coordinator and anti-air warfare coordinator and deployed three additional years to U.S. 7th Fleet. Finally, he served aboard USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) for six years as the combat systems maintenance manager. During this tour, he deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet twice and U.S. 6th Fleet once. He saw the ship through a Destroyer Modernization, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and multiple training cycles.

Harrell’s shore tours include the AEGIS Training Center (ATC) where he received the AEGIS Display Track II NEC; ATC N43 leading petty officer (LPO) where he earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) qualification; the AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) course supervisor for AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC); and a rate leader for Center for Combat Systems (CSCS). He reported back to ATRC in May 2017, where he is serving as the Senior Enlisted Leader.

Harrell’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various unit, campaign, and service awards.


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