Captain Sholley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is an Unrestricted Naval Aviator. Captain Sholley flew the SH-60B Seahawk (LAMPS Mk III) helicopter from the decks of a variety of cruisers, destroyers and frigates throughout his operational flying career.
Captain Sholley’s operational flying tours included HSL-46, HSL-45 and HT-8. CAPT Sholley commanded Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) from October 2010 to December 2011.
Captain Sholley served as ship’s company twice aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), first as the Aircraft Handling Officer and as the Air Officer while the “Revolutionary Gator” served as the Forward Deployed Naval Forces’ amphibious flagship in Sasebo, Japan.
Captain Sholley’s shore assignments include tours at NAS Key West, the Joint Staff, and as a senior faculty member at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Captain Sholley Commanded U.S. Naval Base Guam from 2016 through 2018. During this time the installation was recognized as the runner up in the CNIC Installation Excellence Award.
Captain Sholley has 3,300 flight hours in the SH-60B, UH-3H, UC-12B and TH-57 B/C aircraft. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal as well as numerous unit and campaign awards.