He served most recently as head of Naval Air Force Atlantic. He has also served afloat as commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 105; Carrier Air Wing 17 and Carrier Strike Group 9, both assigned to the Abraham Lincoln; and Carrier Strike Group 3 aboard the Stennis.
In his remarks, Shoemaker stressed the importance of the carrier Navy, and his commitment to balance that with the challenges of a tight budget.
"Our combatant commanders clearly value the strategic options and flexibility that carrier strike groups and our expeditionary aviation forces bring to their areas of responsibility," he said, according to the release. "The challenge that lies ahead of us is how we continue to sustain the capacity to generate those forces, and ensure they are going forward with the right to operate where needed… all in a fiscal environment characterized by ever-increasing uncertainty."
Shoemaker's command is responsible for 10 aircraft carriers and their air wings, including 170 squadrons and more than 100,000 personnel.
"When coupled with new operating concepts, new technology, and bright, sharp, forward-thinking minds in naval aviation today, our strategic relevance and our importance to this nation tomorrow should never be — and must never be — in question," Buss said.