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Commander Shannon E. Coulter is the Associate Professor of Naval Science, Auburn University. While attending Washington State University, he cross-enrolled in the University of Idaho’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and earning his commission as an Ensign on 22 December, 1990.
After reporting aboard NAS Pensacola, FL, and earning his wings from the “Sabrehawks” of Training Squadron 86, he was assigned to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) VF-124 “Gunfighters” for training as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-14A/B Tomcat. In December, 1993, CDR “Flash” Coulter finished the FRS and reported to the "Screaming Eagles" of VF-51 at NAS Miramar. He completed one WESTPAC deployment aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) where he served as the squadron’s Legal Officer. After decommissioning the squadron in the spring of 1995, he joined VF-103 aboard NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA, where he served as the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. Following a MED Cruise aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) that included flying Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE and enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, he detached from the “Jolly Rogers” in June, 1997, and returned to NAS Pensacola as a VT-86 RIO and Weapons System Operator (WSO) instructor. In September, 2000, he returned to the fleet as the CVW-7 Schedules Officer where he flew in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE as the air wing patrolled the Eastern Seaboard post-9/11. CVW-7 then cruised aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH. Flash checked in to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR THREE as a Department Head in 2002 where he served as the Operations Officer. After the squadron completed its final cruise in the Tomcat aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he reported to the Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team (JFIIT) at Eglin AFB, FL, for a three year shore tour. In June of 2008, he accepted a 12 month Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment (GSA) to the Multi-National Force-Iraq Logistics Directorate, Camp Victory, Iraq, where he was assigned as the Iraqi Civil Aviation Project Officer. Following this deployment, in July of 2009, CDR Coulter reported for his current assignment as the Executive Officer of the Auburn University Naval ROTC Unit, Auburn, AL. War Eagle!
Last Updated: July 27, 2011