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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. 

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