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News Release, NAVAIR News Public Affairs Office

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Patuxent River, Maryland– A new program manager took the lead of the Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program Office (PMA-273) March 26.

Capt. Holly Shoger assumed command from Capt. Todd St. Laurent during a small event in the PEO(T) program office including both captains, the Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T)), Rear Adm. Shane Gahagan, as well as the PEO(T) and PMA-273 deputies.

With the heightened Navywide Health Protection Condition in response to COVID-19, attendance to the change of command event was limited.

Prior to reporting for her command assignment, Shoger was the Director Of International Programs for the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201) here.

Shoger was commissioned in 1998 at the University of Washington Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, Seattle. During her first sea assignment, she served with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Shoger has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Ashore she served as an E-2C project officer with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, and as an E-2C Avionics System Project Officer, also filling the roles of Deputy Class Desk and Mission Planning Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead, and the Deputy Program Manager for Sustainment and Modifications with the E-2/C-2 Airborne Command and Control Systems Program Office (PMA-231). Her efforts with PMA-231 supported the declaration of Initial Operational Capability for E-2D and first deployment as well as continued upgrades and sustainment efforts for the E-2C and C-2A.

Following her last assignment with PMA-231, Shoger was the P-8A Increment 3 IPT Lead with Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290).

Shoger has also served as the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Community Manager where she managed the career development of 320 officers. 

Shoger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Technical Management with an emphasis in Project Management from Johns Hopkins University.

She has more than 1,600 flight hours and 135 carrier landings. Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three Gold Stars), Air Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Combat V and three Gold Stars).


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