Commander Jeff "Shenanigans" Shanahan, a native of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in English. After completing primary and intermediate flight training with Training Squadron TWENTY-SEVEN (VT-27), he earned his wings and was designated a naval aviator with Training Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VT-31) in March of 2003.
Following Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), Commander Shanahan reported to the "Screaming Eagles" of Patrol Squadron ONE (VP-1) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. He served as Line Division Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, and Pilot Training Officer, earning qualification as a P-3C Orion Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, and Functional Check Flight Pilot. While assigned to VP-1, Commander Shanahan completed two deployments to the Pacific Fleet area of operations and flew missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines.
In February of 2007, Commander Shanahan reported to the "Eightballers" of the U.S. Air Force's 8th Flying Training Squadron (8th FTS) at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. He served as Schedules Officer, Flight Commander, and Assistant Director of Operations, qualifying as a T-6A Instructor Pilot, Division Lead, and Supervisor of Flying (SOF). In 2009, Commander Shanahan was selected as the 8th FTS's Flight Commander of the Year.
In October of 2009, Commander Shanahan was selected for transition to the Full Time Support (FTS) community and reported to the "Boomers" of VT-27 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He served as T-34C Instructor Pilot, Reserve Department Head and Training Officer before joining Training Air Wing FOUR's (TW-4) T-6B transition team, responsible for the integration of T-6B operations at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. While assigned to the team, Commander Shanahan served as TW-4's first T-6B Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Instructor Pilot and as initial cadre for the qualification of TW-4's T-6B Flight Instructor Training Unit (FITU). He finished his department head tour as VT-27's Operations Officer, overseeing the squadron's transition to the T-6B and completion of its first T-6B students. While assigned to VT-27, Commander Shanahan earned a Master of Science in Leadership through Duquesne University.
Following his department head tour, Commander Shanahan reported to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in February of 2015. Graduating first in his class and with highest distinction, Commander Shanahan was selected as the President's Honor Graduate for the College of Naval Command and Staff.
In March of 2015, Commander Shanahan reported to Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve (CNAFR) at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Program Manager. While attached to CNAFR, he was responsible for manpower and budget support to CNATRA's Reserve Component. He reported for duty as Executive Officer of the "Boomers" of VT-27 in June 2018.
Commander Shanahan has accumulated more than 3000 military flight hours and achieved instructor qualification in the P-3C, T-34C, T-6A and T-6B. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and numerous service and campaign ribbons.