Commander Lawrence Meehan
Commander Lawrence Meehan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Margate, New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 and completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida on 08 November 1996.
Commander Meehan's firs fleet assignment was Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TWO (HS-2) in San Diego, California. During this tour, he performed division officer duties as the Ground Safety Officer, Avionics and Armament Officer as well as the Quality Assurance Officer. While at HS-2 he completed a Western Pacific deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Before rotation to shore duty, Commander Meehan reported to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he worked on the Joint Task Force South West Asia staff. He coordinated all the assets within the theater to ensure combat search and rescure capabilities were availiable to support Operation Southern Watch.
In August 2001 he reported to AIRTEVRON ONE (VX-1) in Paxtuxent River, Maryland. While assigned to VX-1 he flew in and conducted test and evaluation of the SH-60B, SH-60F. SH-60R, and MH-60S helicopters. It was also during this time that Commander Meehan received a Masters in Public Policy from American University, in Washington D.C.
From December 2004 to June of 2007 Commander Meehan was assigened to Helicoper Anisubmarine Squadron SEVEN (HS-7) in Jacksonville, Florida. During his tour at HS-7, he served as a department head for the Safety, Administrative, Operations, and Maintenance Departments. While at HS-7, he completed a deployment onboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducted operations in support of Hurricane Katrina and completed a deployment onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) to South America.
After HS-7, Commander Meehan reported to Joint Task Force Global Network Operations in Arlington, Virginia. During this joint assignment, he qualified as a Command Duty Officer, and acted as the Operations Officer for J33 and Director of International and Inter-agency Engagement.
Commander Meehan's awards include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Battle "E" awards as well as numerous camaign ribbons and medals.