Albert J. Shimkus

Associate Professor National Security Affairs
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Selected to join the National Security Affairs resident civilian faculty in 2006. Graduated from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Salem State University; and George Washington University and practiced as a (CRNA) for over 25 years with numerous tours in support of deployed forces; will complete the requirements to be awarded an EdD in 2018; Teaches Electives focused on Chemical and Biological Warfare and Current Southeast Asia Issues. He frequently lectures on international cooperative efforts in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and ethical issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Ethics
  • HA/DR
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Leadership
  • WMD

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor and Sub-Course Director Leadership Concepts, National Security Affairs Department

Responsible for directing and teaching in the Policy Making and Process division from September 2007 to September 2009; teaching Leadership Concepts course from September 2009 to March 2015; currently directing the Leadership Concepts division 2015 to present.

Commanding Officer, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20)

Responsible for the maintaining the readiness of this 1000 bed, 12 operating room hospital ship and the operation of this platform when activated in support of national emergency, disaster relief and or humanitarian assistance.

Deputy Commandant, Naval District Washington, DC

Accountable to Regional Commander and responsible to efficiently deliver common operating support services to more than 120 mission commands, residing on 18 installations, with an $18B plant account. Work force comprises over
51,000 military and civilian personnel.


Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC 2005)

Coordinated inter-service issue resolution as related to closure and realignment recommendations; worked collaboratively with the three Surgeons General to develop acceptable solutions. Developed data and subsequent recommendation that supported the closure of Walter Reed.

Commanding Officer and Joint Task Force Surgeon, Naval Hospital Guantanamo and Joint Task Force GTMO

Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital. Routinely delivered anesthesia. Joint Task Force Surgeon, was responsible for all healthcare delivery systems in this Joint Task Force that included operational and logistics support for the detainees and operating forces.

Executive Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy

Served as Chief Operating Officer of this large overseas multi-service hospital. Responsibilities included the day-to-day leadership and management. Responsibilities included directing preparation of a visit by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Organization (JCAHO).

Military Professor, National Security Decision Making Department, Naval War College

Selected as the first Navy Medical Department officer to serve on the faculty of the Naval War College. Taught in the Policy Making and Implementation branch of the National Security Decision Making division. Created the elective “Unconventional Warfare in Uncertain Times.”

Director of Nursing and Senior Anesthetist, Naval Hospital, Guam

Directed 78 Navy Nurse Corps officers, civilian nurses and 120 Navy corpsmen in delivering nursing care. Established the first Total Quality Management group on Guam. Routinely delivered anesthesia, appointed Plans Operations and Medical Intelligence officer.

Senior Anesthetist and Assistant Department Head, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, CVN 73

Assigned to PCU/USS George Washington, CVN 73. Responsible for establishing the Medical Department, creating the 40 bed ward, 3 bed Intensive Care Unit, operating room, pharmacy, radiology suite, laboratory, five battle dressing stations, and writing all related instructions and policies.

Senior Nurse Anesthetist and Assistant Department Head, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, CVN 71

Assigned to PCU/USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN 71. Responsible for establishing the Medical Department, creating the 40 bed ward, 3 bed Intensive Care Unit, operating room, pharmacy, radiology suite, laboratory, five battle dressing stations, and writing all related instructions and policies.


1970 – 1973 Diploma in Nursing Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester, MA 1973 – 1974 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Salem State College, Salem, MA 1980 – 1982 Bachelor of Science in Nurse Anesthesia George Washington University, School of Medicine and Allied Health Washington, DC 1981 – 1982 Clinical Nurse Anesthesia rotation Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 1992 – 1993 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies Naval War College, Newport, RI 2012 – Present Doctor of Education, Dissertation phase, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

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Related Credentials

Registered Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Inactive)

Research Contributions and Publications

Coauthor "Program Management Plan - Afghanistan Healthcare Sector Reconstruction Project - 2008 - 2009

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit – Three awards Joint Meritorious Service Meritorious Service – Four awards Navy and Marine Corps Commendation – Three Awards Air Force Commendation Navy and Marine Corps Achievement – Three awards National Defense – Two awards Joint Meritorious Unit – Joint Task Force Guantanamo Meritorious Unit Award – Two (USNH Naples and USNH Guantanamo) Navy Unit Commendation – USNH Guantanamo Viet Nam Service and Viet Nam Campaign Ribbons Presidential Unit Citation Southwest Asia Service Ribbon Naval Sea Service Ribbon – seven awards Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon – eight awards Humanitarian Service – two awards Viet Nam Service medal Viet Nam Campaign medal - Three awards Medical Department Surface Warfare Qualification device

News, Media, & Events

The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative 2020: Newport Arctic Seminar

Jan. 22, 2020
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Gender Equality as a Security Issue

Sep. 17, 2019
YaleGlobal Online
Article Publication

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