Shelley D. Caplan

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Cmdr. Shelley Caplan is a career Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) officer. She has a diverse background in weather and ocean forecasting, hydrographic surveys, mine countermeasures, and manpower. She has served on USS Ronald Reagan, USS Bataan and at multiple shore-based locations. Additionally, she earned two master's degrees in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, and in Hydrographic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Areas of Expertise

  • JPME
  • Military Planning
  • Oceanography
  • Security Cooperation

Professional Highlights


Naval War College

Military Professor, Joint Military Operations

Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

Assistant Chief of Staff (N1) for Manpower, Human Resources, Facilities, Security, and Operational Support Office

Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

Future Plans Officer for all Commander Task Group 80.7 activities, operations, exercises.

Fleet Survey Team

Future Plans Officer for all hydrographic surveys, subject matter expert engagements, and theater security cooperation in support of operations, exercises, and plans across all six geographic Combatant Commands.

University Southern Mississippi

M.S. Hydrographic Science

USS Ronald Reagan

Meteorology and Oceanography Officer, Officer of the Deck underway.


M.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 2013, Hydrographic Sciences

M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2008, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

Certificate, Old Dominion University, 2004, Geographic Information Systems

B.S., Old Dominion University, 1999, Geology

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