Commander Robert T. Lanane, USN
Commander Lanane, a native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He went on to attend Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, receiving his commission in April of 1999. After flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and NAS Meridian Mississippi, he was winged as a Naval Aviator in October 2001 and selected to fly the F/A-18C Hornet. In November of 2001, he reported to VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore, California, for Fleet Replacement Training.
In November of 2002, Commander Lanane joined the Fighting Redcocks of VFA-22 based at NAS Lemoore, California, for his first fleet assignment. While serving with the Redcocks, his duties included Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. He deployed aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) to the Western Pacific from January to October of 2003 and transitioned to the F/A-18E in 2004.
Commander Lanane reported to the Sharpshooters of VMFAT-101 based at MCAS Miramar, California, in November of 2005 for instructor pilot duty. As a Sharpshooter, he served as NATOPS Officer and Unit Evaluator, Student Control Officer, Assistant Training Officer, and Training Officer.
In November of 2008, Commander Lanane reported to Strike Force Training Pacific at NAS North Island, California, as the Assistant Strike Operations Officer. During his tour, he conducted Air Wing training for multiple Composite Training Unit Exercises. While in San Diego, Commander Lanane completed a Master of Science in Global Leadership at the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration.
In August of 2010, Commander Lanane reported to the Mighty Shrikes of VFA-94 at NAS Lemoore, California, for his Department Head tour. With the Shrikes, he deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, in July of 2011 with MAG-11 as part of the Navy’s Unit Deployable Program. During his tour with MAG-11, he qualified as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer. Commander Lanane served with the Shrikes as the Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer.
In December of 2012, Commander Lanane reported to Naval Special Warfare Development Group at Dam Neck, Virginia to serve as Fleet Liaison. While at DEVGRU, he qualified as a Basic Parachutist.
In April of 2014, Commander Lanane completed training with VFA-106 and reported to the Knighthawks of VFA-136 as Executive Officer.