Command Sergeant Major Shane W. Shorter is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, one of six geographic unified combatant commands of the United States Armed Forces. He provides the commander with the enlisted perspective on theater security cooperation, operational and contingency plans, and deterring aggression throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Additionally, he is responsible for mentoring senior enlisted leaders at the four component commands, three sub-unified commands. His responsibilities also include coordinating with command joint directorates and senior enlisted members on matters pertaining to the command’s mission, vision, core values, commander’s intent, enlisted utilization, and professional development for the 380,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. He is also responsible for further developing the relationships with senior military leaders and government officials from the 36 partner nations within the USINDOPACOM Area of Responsibility.
Command Sergeant Major Shorter enlisted in the Army in 1988 and attended Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was subsequently assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany.
Command Sergeant Major Shorter volunteered for Special Forces training and graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1992. He was then assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (A) at Fort Lewis, Washington. During the following 23 years, he has held the positions of Junior Medical NCO, Senior Medical NCO, Team Sergeant and HSC First Sergeant. His Sergeant Major assignments with 1st Special Forces Group include, OPSDET Sergeant Major, Company Sergeant Major for C Co 3rd Battalion, Group Operations Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion Command Sergeant Major, and 1st Special Forces Group Command Sergeant Major. Command Sergeant Major Shorter’s most recent position was Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) Senior Enlisted Leader.
He is a graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Dive Medical Technician’s Course, and the Military Free Fall Parachutist Course.
Command Sergeant Major Shorter’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device. He has been awarded the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Field Medic Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, and the Saint Phillip of Neri Award (Bronze Order).
(as of January 2020)