Captain Eaton was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. He graduated in 1987 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign through Navy ROTC. He reported to NAS Pensacola after commissioning and received his wings of gold at NAS Whiting Field in February 1989.
Captain Eaton reported to HS-1 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida for training in the SH-3H Sea King. In November 1989 he reported to his first fleet assignment with HS-4, the BLACK KNIGHTS, at NAS North Island. While assigned to the BLACK KNIGHTS, Captain Eaton completed two Western Pacific deployments aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). He transitioned with the squadron to the SH-60F/HH-60H Sea Hawk in 1991.
In June 1993 he reported to HS-10 at NAS North Island as a Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot. He served as Replacement Pilot Schedules Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer before returning to sea duty.
Captain Eaton reported to Carrier Air Wing NINE in April 1996 onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) while deployed to the Western Pacific. He served as the Helicopter Operations / Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer with CVW-9 staff. While attached to CVW-9 he completed a WESTPAC and an Around-the-World deployment onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).
Following his tour with CVW-9 he reported to the attached helicopter squadron, the EIGHTBALLERS of HS-8, in May 1998 for his Department Head tour. During his tour with the EIGHTBALLERS, Captain Eaton served as the Tactics Officer, Admin Officer and Maintenance Officer. While assigned to HS-8 he completed his fourth deployment onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74).
In November 2000 Captain Eaton transferred to the College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, Rhode Island. Graduating with a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in November 2001 he reported to United States Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado via Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Assigned as a member of the Combat Operations Staff, Captain Eaton served as the ALPHA Crew Missile Operations Officer in the Cheyenne Mountain Command Center before returning to NAS North Island in February 2004 for refresher training with HS-10.
He reported as the Executive Officer of the HS-6 INDIANS in September 2004, completing his fifth deployment to the Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), and assumed Command of the finest helicopter squadron in the Navy in November 2005. His post-command orders took him back to Nebraska assigned to United States Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike where he served in both the Planning and Operations Directorates, ultimately finishing his tour as the Current Operations Division Chief.
He reported to the University of Idaho/Washington State University NROTC Unit in May 2010. Captain Eaton’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). He has accumulated over 3700 total flight hours, with more than 3500 hours in naval rotary wing aircraft.