Vice Admiral Troy M. (Mike) Shoemaker, US Navy (Ret.) Joins Draken International Advisory Board


Lakeland, FL (March 12, 2018) - Draken International, the largest commercial provider of tactical aircraft operations, is proud to announce that Retired US Navy Vice Admiral Troy M. (Mike) Shoemaker has joined as the newest member of the company's advisory board.

Vice Admiral Shoemaker transitioned from the U.S. Navy in 2018 after more than 35 years of distinguished service, culminating in his final assignment as Commander, Naval Air Forces, 
where he was responsible for the combat and personnel readiness of all aviation forces and aircraft carriers for the Navy. VADM Shoemaker has been leading complex and diverse teams for years and has extensive experience in strategic planning and risk management. Shoemaker began his career flying the A-7E Corsair and later transitioned to F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. He commanded a fleet F/A-18 squadron, the east coast F/A-18 training squadron, a carrier air wing, two deploying carrier strike groups, and Naval Air Forces, Atlantic before his final tour as Naval Aviation's 7th "Air Boss."  He has accumulated over 4400 flight hours and has 1066 carrier arrested landings.

"I am excited to be joining the talented leadership and management teams at Draken as they further solidify their status as the unparalleled leader in providing tactical flight support services to customers around the world," said Shoemaker.

Vice Admiral Shoemaker will work with Draken's current advisory board members and senior military leadership to continue to enhance the company's support for U.S. and allied militaries.    "It is an honor to welcome Vice Admiral Shoemaker to our board, a distinguished naval aviator and an accomplished Admiral who brings a wealth of expertise on helping solve important challenges such as readiness for the warfighter," said Jared Isaacman, CEO of Draken International.

Shoemaker's announcement joins a succession of milestones achieved by Draken over the past twelve months. Over the last year, Draken has purchased two fleets of supersonic radar equipped aircraft, the South African Denel Cheetah and the Spanish F1M Mirage. Additionally, the company was recently awarded a five-year contract with the Air National Guard and an extension of the USAF Nellis contract.

Draken is committed to providing US and allied fighter pilots with the most advanced live air training solution by investing and expanding in the largest, most capable fleet of tactical fighter aircraft in the industry. Their entire organization, including ownership, management, pilots and maintenance teams will continue to provide the best service available globally.

As the global defense and military climate changes, the need has never been greater for cost-effective and professional contract air support.

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