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Commander Robert Shu was raised in Hermiston, Oregon. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1998. Commander Shu has served at sea aboard USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) as Communications Officer, USS CUSHING (DD 985) as Auxiliaries Officer and Navigator, USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) as Engineer Officer and as the Deputy N3 for the Navy’s only forward deployed Carrier Strike Group Commander Task Force 70/Commander Carrier Strike Group Five. He has served as both Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) and USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62). Commander Shu has served ashore as Flag Secretary for Commander, U.S. SECOND Fleet, as an Action Officer at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J5 Directorate, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction division and as the Director of the Coalition Coordination Center and Chief of Staff at the Combined Maritime Forces headquartered in Manama, Bahrain.
He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Science in History. He holds a Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and has completed Phase I of his Joint Professional Military Education with distinction.
Commander Shu reported to NROTC Oregon State University in 2022.
Commanders Shu’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal, and various Unit and Service awards.