AMCM Weapon Systems Training School


AWSCS Lance E. Howarth


Lance E. Howarth


United States Navy


Senior Chief Howarth was born in Medford, Oregon on 15 July 1971. After graduating from South Albany High School in 1989, he attended Oregon State University where he majored in Psychology. In the summer of 1990, he completed Navy Basic Training and graduated with honors as the Recruit Petty Officer of his company. Senior Chief Howarth then reported to Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, followed by AMS "A" School in Millington, Tennessee.

Senior Chief Howarth reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE (HM-12) in December of 1990 for training as an Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) and Vertical Onboard Delivery Aircrewman. His first squadron was HM-12 from May 1991 to September 1994. While there, he was sent Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) to HC-2 and HM-14 to participate in Operation DESERT STORM where he qualified as a CH-53E Crew Chief and an MH-53E AMCM First Crewman. During his tour he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer, selected as the Aircrewman of the Year, and Junior Sailor of the Year.

In October 1994, he reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) where he was assigned to Aircraft Maintenance Department, Airframes and Phase workcenters and deployed onboard the USS INCHON (LHP-12) to Northern Europe to participate in Exercise BLUE HARRIER. In June of 1995, he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. While there, he qualified as an Assistant Naval Aviation Training and Operational Procedures  (NATOPS) Instructor, was selected as Aircrewman of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year.

In February 1998, he reported to Helicopter Marine Training Squadron 302 (HMT-302). While assigned there, he was selected as an Instructor to combine the Navy's MH-53E and the Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. During his tour with HMT-302, he held positions as Aircrew Ground/Flight Instructor and NATOPS Petty Officer. Additionally, he re-qualified as a NATOPS Instructor and was selected as the Sailor of the Quarter.

In February 1998, he reported to Airborne Weapons Systems Training School (AWSTS) for Instructor duty. Senior Chief Howarth was discharged under hardship conditions in August 1999. In July 2003, he reenlisted and reported back to HM-14 as a First Class Petty Officer. He served as Phase LPO, QAR, NATOPS LPO, and Maintenance Control LPO. During his tour, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer  and was selected to be the Aircrew Division LCPO to spearhead the AW conversion. In July 2008, he reported to AWSTS and assumed the responsibility as the Admin/NATOPS LCPO.

In July 2010, he checked  back into HM-14 and assumed the reponsibilities as the Operations LCPO. During his tour, he received his Bachelor's Degree, attended the Senior Enlisted Academy, and advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. His follow on orders from HM-14, brought him back to AWSTS where he was selected to be the Command Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA).

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint service Achievement Medal for JTF Katrina, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various service and campaign awards.