CAPT Herb Lacy, USN
A native of Lanham, Maryland and son of a Master Chief Petty Officer, Captain Herb Lacy graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in History in 1997. Completing flight training in 1999, he was designated a Naval Aviator and was placed on the Commodore’s List with Distinction for Academic and Flight Excellence.
CAPT Lacy completed P-3 Orion training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), with subsequent tours in Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), Special Projects Patrol Squadron ONE (VPU-1), and Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10). He served as Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, Special Mission Aircraft Commander, and Executive Officer - flying combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Republic of Yugoslavia. In May of 2015, CAPT Lacy became the 79th Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron TEN. As the Commanding Officer, he led the RED LANCERS through a platform transition to the P-8A Poseidon and prepared them for their first deployment operating the P-8A.
Afloat, he served as the Operations Administration Officer onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and successfully completed two Arabian Gulf Deployments in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. CAPT Lacy earned qualifications as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) while onboard “Big E.” Additionally, he was selected as ENTERPRISE’s “Ship-Handler of the Year.”
Ashore, CAPT Lacy served as: Instructor Pilot in Training Squadron THIRTY-FIVE; Senior C-12B NATOPS Evaluator/Program Manager in Training Air Wing FOUR; Test Pilot & Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) Requirements Officer in the Air Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N88/N98); P-8A Assistant Program Manager for Logistics at Naval Air Systems Command; and Military Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy. During these tours, CAPT Lacy gained experience across several defense acquisition career fields with portfolios ranging from test and evaluation of sub-surface and aerial targets to in-service sustainment for the P-8A Poseidon. He is DAWIA Level II Certified in Program Management and Life Cycle Logistics.
CAPT Lacy has amassed over 4,200 pilot hours and over 1,000 of those during combat missions. His education includes the Air Command and Staff College, and the Eisenhower School at National Defense University where he earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.