Military Career

United States Air Force | Prior to 2005

Career Summary

Network Engineer | IT Project Manager
Designed, operated and managed the enterprise infrastructure and services for the Air National Guard’s Network Operations Center. Provided engineering and technical support to six regional operations centers with over 110,000 users in more than 200 locations in the U.S. and its territories. Advanced to direct the planning and implementation of enterprise IT initiatives for the Air National Guard.

IT Training Supervisor | Technical Trainer
Conducted introductory and advanced courses in network fundamentals, operating systems, PC troubleshooting and repair and information systems security for the Air Force’s 3rd largest vocational training school. Advanced to lead a staff of 52 instructors responsible for providing training to over 8,590 airmen, Air National Guardsmen and reservists serving in Air Force units worldwide.

Aviation Maintenance Supervisor | Aviation Maintenance Technician
Early career included maintenance, repair and inspection of voice and data communications systems on military aircraft and advancement to administer 18 programs crucial to ground maintenance operations for a $480 million fleet of military aircraft. Mid-career culminated with progression to management of pre- and post-flight activities for ground operations and maintenance of a $1.6 billion fleet of military aircraft.

Duty Assignments

  • Air National Guard (ANG), Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, MD
  • Air Education and Training Command (AETC), 336th Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, MS
  • Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
  • Air Combat Command (ACC), 561st Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
  • Air Mobility Command (AMC), 16th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR
  • Air Education and Training Command (AETC), 423rd Field Training Detachment, Bergstrom AFB, TX
  • Tactical Air Command (TAC), 62nd Aircraft Generation Squadron, Bergstrom AFB, TX

Awards & Decorations

  • Meritorious Service Medal with 1 OLC
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 OLC
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 OLC
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 OLC
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 6 OLC
  • National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service with 3 OLC
  • Air Force PME Ribbon with 1 OLC
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Basic Training Ribbon

Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) Held

  • 3C071, Communications-Computer Systems Operations Craftsman
  • 2A573A, Integrated Avionics Systems Craftsman
  • 2A472, Aircraft Communication And Navigation Systems Craftsman
  • 45552C, Communication and Navigation Systems Specialist Journeyman
  • 45352, Aircraft Communication and Navigation Systems Specialist Journeyman
  • 32850, Avionic Communications Specialist Journeyman
John M. Shores, PMP