Captain John Shilling, US Navy (ret)

After graduating from San Diego State University, Captain Shilling served on the USS Menhaden (SS377), USS Caiman (SS323), USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN600), USS Nathan Hale (SSBN623), USS Bluegill (SS242), and then aboard the USS Tiru (SS416) as Commanding Officer. He also served as the Technical Plans Officer, Strategic Systems Projects Office (SSPO) (Manager for SSBN Technology Security and Sonar Programs) and as the Commanding Officer, Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Cape Canaveral.

After retiring from the navy, Captain Shilling was employed from 1979 to 1985 at Rockwell International, Autonetics Marine Systems Division as Director of Washington Operations, responsible for development of programs in support of the Navy, including sonar systems, signal processors, communication systems, inertial navigators and underwater targets; from 1985 to 1988 at Gould Ocean Systems as Director of Program Development, responsible for development and long range strategic planning for the Glen Burnie division which manufactured towed array sonar systems and other ASW products for the Navy; from 1988 to 1991 at General Dynamics/Undersea Warfare Center as Director of Programs at the General Dynamics Undersea Warfare Center, in this capacity, he supervised the management of a wide variety of undersea programs, including DARPA contracts in Advanced Submarine Technology as well as IR&D efforts in undersea vehicles, low intensity conflict technology and long range ASW stand-off weapons; from 1991 to 1993 at General Dynamics /Undersea Warfare Center as Director of the Center. Responsible for overall management of the activities involving technology development, strategic planning, and business development activities in support of the Electric Boat Division's Seawolf and new SSN programs. Captain Shilling served as a consultant to Electric Boat ; Chairman, Submarine Centennial Exhibition Committee; Member of the NDIA Undersea Warfare Division Executive Board and member of the American Shipbuilders Association Seapower Forum Advisory Panel.     

Captain Shilling died on 9 October 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina and is interned in the Grace Episcopal Church columbarium.