[ Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief ]
CDR William G. Lane, Jr.
Commander Lane enlisted in the Navy in 1989. He completed nuclear propulsion training as an Electronics Technician in 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in 1998. After commissioning through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida in 1999, he completed flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 2001. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College in 2014.
CDR Lane’s initial sea tour was onboard USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), where he completed two deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. After fleet replacement training in the S-3B Viking, he completed his initial junior officer tour with the Diamondcutters (VS-30) and deployed onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After completing transition training in the F/A-18F with, he was assigned to the Diamondbacks (VFA-102) and made multiple deployments onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). He completed his department head tour with the Jolly Rogers (VFA-103) which included a deployment onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In April of 2015 he joined the Red Rippers (VFA-11) as their Executive Officer and completed an 8 month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Resolve.
CDR Lane’s shore and staff billets include instructor duty at Nuclear Field “A” School. After completing training as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) at Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), he was assigned as the tactics branch head at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9. He completed his joint tour with the Joint Staff J-7 as part of the Deployable Training Team (DTT) as well as a facilitator for the Keystone, Capstone, and Pinnacle Joint Operations Modules (JOM).
CDR Lane has accumulated over 900 hours in the S-3B and over 2,100 hours in the F/A-18F. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.