Shelton L. Lyons II Commander, United States Navy
Commander Lyons completed his Master of Science in Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee in 1995. He was commissioned as an Environmental Health Officer in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy in December 1995. Upon completion of Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to the Naval Hospital, Patuxent River, Maryland in May 1996 where he served as the Department Head of Preventive Medicine.
In April 1999, he transferred to the 3D Marine Division Headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Division Environmental Health Officer. During his tour (1999-2002) he was deployed for a total of twenty one months on various Operations and Exercises throughout the Southeast Asia Area of Operations. In October 1999 he deployed for a period of seven months to then East Timor in support of International Force East Timor (INTERFET) during a peacekeeping mission sanctioned under the United Nations.
In April 2002, Commander Lyons was selected for the Navy’s Chemical Biological Radiological and Environmental Training Fellowship. He reported to the US Army Solider Biological and Chemical Command in August 2002. In June 2003 he reported to the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 7 in Sigonella, Sicily where he served as the Operations Officer of Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) Europe. During his tenure he led mission to Liberia to investigate a malaria outbreak among Marine Expeditionary Forces deployed in support of Joint Task Force Liberia. In October 2005 he also spearheaded the deployment of FDPMU-Three East to Muzaffarabad, Pakistan to support International Forces and provide humanitarian assistance to internally displaced Pakistani civilians. He also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for a period of ten months as the Multi National Crops-Iraq Preventive Medicine Officer. He was responsible for the mission planning and coordination for all multi-national preventive medicine forces in theater. Commander Lyons was selected as the US Navy Environmental Health Officer of the Year in 2006.
In the summer of 2006 he transferred to US Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) where he served as the MARSOC Force Health Protection Officer and Plans Operations, Medical Intelligence Officer for Foreign Military Training Unit (FMTU) and Marine Special Operations Support Group (MSOAG). As an organization Plank Owner he was responsible for establishing the initial Force Health Protection programs and developing the initial Preventive Medicine Authorized Medical Allowance to be utilized by to support Marine Special Operations Teams (MSOTs) during deployments.
In 2008 he transferred to US Marine Forces Pacific where he served as the Deputy Force Surgeon and Force Health Protection Officer. During this period Commander Lyons deployed to over ten partner nations; he engaged with the US Embassies and host nation militaries to foster capacity building efforts in the areas of disaster preparedness and force health protection. In 2011 he was selected to the Afghanistan Pakistan HANDS Program; during this timeframe he completed two combat deployments. While deployed, Commander Lyons advised the Surgeon General of the Afghan National Army and Minister of Public Health on medical policy and strategy issues. During his time out of theater he also served as the Branch Chief of US Central Command Interagency Action Group Central and South Asia Branch. In December 2014, he graduated from the Regent University’s School of Business with a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.
CDR Lyons personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Outstanding Volunteer Service Award and various other campaign and service awards.