Cmdr. Shad H. Herrenkohl is a native of Barboursville, West Virginia, and graduated from Georgetown College with a bachelor's degree in information systems in 1995. He earned his commission at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2000, and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2002. He completed a master's degree and JPME 1 from the Naval War College in 2011.
In 2002, Herrenkohl joined the "Shadows" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and served as the aviation safety officer, in addition to his duties as E-6B aircraft commander, instructor pilot and mission commander.
In 2005, Herrenkohl reported to the "Shooters" of Training Squadron (VT) 6 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, where he served as the squadron NATOPS officer and an instructor pilot for the T-34C Turbo Mentor.
Herrenkohl's next tour was aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as V-2 division officer, and one of the ship's catapult and arresting gear officers – a "Shooter". During this tour in 2008-2010 he was responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship's Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE), during two consecutive Western Pacific deployments.
In 2011, Herrenkohl reported to VQ-3 for his department head tour and served as maintenance officer, training officer, and safety officer.
Herrenkohl joined the Joint Staff, J3 in the summer of 2014. He served as Continuity of Operations branch chief for the National Military Command System Operations Division.
Herrenkohl reported to aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in August 2017 as safety officer and completed a U.S. 5th Fleet deployment.
In September 2019, Herrenkohl returned to Corpus Christi, Texas, as Training Air Wing 4 chief staff officer.
Herrenkohl's personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), and Navy Achievement Medal.