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
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.