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Commander Gary W. Lauck


A native of Wellsburg, WV, CDR Lauck enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1988 under the Naval Nuclear Power Program in Orlando, Florida.  He was selected for the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) Program and earned his commission and designation as a Naval Aviator in Milton, Florida in March, 1994.  CDR Lauck then qualified in the CH-46 “Sea Knight” prior to reporting to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6) in Norfolk, VA. During this assignment, he deployed twice, once onboard USNS SATURN (T-AFS 10) and the other onboard USS INCHON (MCS-12).



In September 1998, CDR Lauck reported to the Navy International Programs Office in Washington, DC as a Technology Exports Analyst for Foreign Military Sales, and also earned a MBA from The Johns Hopkins University in December 2001.  CDR Lauck then reported to Norfolk, VA in January 2002 as the Hangar Deck Officer onboard USS WASP (LHD-1), earning his Officer of the Deck (OOD) qualification during a deployment to the Gulf of Aden in support of OIF. After earning a M.A. in March 2005 from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, he qualified in the MH-60S “Knight Hawk” prior to reporting to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO-FIVE (HSC-25) at Andersen AFB, Guam for his Department Head tour.



During his HSC-25 assignment, CDR Lauck served as the Officer-in-Charge of Helicopter Detachment FOUR onboard USNS KISKA (T-AE-35) and USNS FLINT (T-AE-32).  In October 2007, CDR Lauck reported to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Little Creek, VA as the N9 Assistant Chief of Staff for New Technologies and the Program Lead for Expeditionary Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), providing tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance support to forward deployed sailors involved in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

CDR Lauck then volunteered for the Afghanistan- Pakistan Hands program, deploying in December 2011 to the Office of the Defense Representative Pakistan located at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, as Chief of Navy Programs and C-12 pilot during a one year tour.



In January 2013, he reported to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk as faculty for the Joint and Combined Warfighting School until arriving at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO (HSC-2) in May of 2014. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2) and Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.