Captain Shelby Mounts earned a Bachelor of Science from the
United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in May 1992. He has also
earned a Master of Science from the University of San Diego Business School, is
a Joint Qualified Officer, and completed the Secretary of Defense Corporate
Fellows Program (SDCFP).
Shelby’s early career consisted of Surface Warfare Division
Officer assignments aboard USS JESSE L BROWN (FF-1089) in Mobile, AL and USS
NASSAU (LHA-4) in Norfolk, VA with deployments to the Caribbean and
Mediterranean Seas. He was selected for community transition to Navy Pilot and
ultimately winged as a Helicopter Combat Support (HC) pilot in August 1997.
His aviation career included successful operational and
instructor assignments progressing from Division Officer through Command. West
coast tours in HC-11 and HC-3 flying the H-46D and HC-5/HSC-25 flying the
MH-60S included three amphibious SAR deployments on USS BOXER (LHD-4), USS
TARAWA (LHA-1), and USS ESSEX (LHD-2). Shelby successfully completed a tour as
Commanding Officer of HSC-2 in Norfolk, Va in 2011.
Staff assignments include a joint billet at US Special
Operations Command (US SOCOM) in Tampa, FL and two assignments to the Navy
Staff at the Pentagon. While at SOCOM Shelby performed the duties of Staff
Plans Officer in the J-8 and volunteered to deploy to CJSOTF-Afghanistan as the
J-35 Air Operations Officer in 2007. His post-Command Pentagon tour included
assignments as the H-60 Requirements Officer and Executive Assistant for the
Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98). While at the Pentagon he was selected for
Captain as well as the SDCFP with subsequent assignment for a year with Shell
Oil Company in New Orleans, La. Following the fellowship he returned to the
Navy Staff as Special Projects Officer advising the Director, Operations and
Plans (OPNAV N31).
personal decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal with one gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and
Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal with one gold star, and numerous unit and campaign medals and