CDR Thomas Shugart, USN

Senior Military Fellow

CDR Thomas Shugart joined the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program while studying at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he was commissioned through the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School.

At sea, CDR Shugart served as a Division Officer in USS HOUSTON (SSN 717), where he deployed to the Western Pacific. As a Department Head, CDR Shugart served as Navigator and then Engineer Officer aboard USS NEVADA (SSBN 733)(BLUE), where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols and three dry dock maintenance periods. He served as Executive Officer, USS TOPEKA (SSN 754), where he completed a deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf, and then commanded USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717), where he deployed to the Western Pacific and then completed an extensive shipyard dry dock maintenance period.           

While ashore, CDR Shugart served as a Nuclear Trained Officer Recruiter at Navy Recruiting Region WEST; Deputy Submarine Special Operations Officer at Commander, Task Force SIX NINE/Commander, Sixth Fleet; and as Chief of the Nuclear Strike Branch, Nuclear Operations Division, on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He earned his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, where he was a member of the Halsey ALFA Group, conducting wargaming that explored potential high intensity conflicts with a near-peer competitor in the Western Pacific.

CDR Shugart’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and personal awards.

He is married to MAJ Shari Shugart, USA (JAGC), is an avid distance runner and cyclist, and is an instrument-rated Private Pilot.

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