CDR PATRICK E. LANCASTER, JR.
Chief Staff Officer
Commander Lancaster enlisted in the Navy as an Electronics Technician in 1983 and earned a broad spectrum of Radar, High Frequency Communication and Communications Security Navy Enlisted Classification codes. He advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1993 and his enlisted tours include Pre-Commissioning crew USS SHILOH (CG 67) and Pre-Commissioning crew USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52). While enlisted he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University and graduated “Magna cum laude.”
Commander Lancaster earned his commission through the Limited Duty Officer Program in 1999 and served on USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) from 1999-2002 as the Electronics Material Officer and earned both his Surface Warfare Officer and Tactical Action Officer qualifications.
While serving as the N8 Department Head at NCTAMS EURCENT, Detachment London from 2002-2005, the detachment won the 2003 and 2004 Naval Network and Space Operations Command Communications Information Technology Excellence Award. It was during this tour in 2003 Commander Lancaster laterally transferred into the Information Professional (IP) Community.
Commander Lancaster earned a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management and Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School from 2005-2007. There he served as the Vice President of the IP Officer Association and served as the Operations Officer for Team Katrina which supported both Joint Task Force Katrina and Joint Task Force Rita.
Professional Certifications include: Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) as well as various Space, Acquisition and Project Management Certifications.
IP officer tours include: Deputy N6/N6 for Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center from 2007-2009; N2 and N6 for Naval Computer Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific from 2010-2012; Combat Systems Information Officer for USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) from 2012-2014.
His most recent assignment was United States Africa Command where he served as the J631 Operations and Plans Branch Chief and Lead Planner from 2014-2016 and J691 Multi-National Information Systems Branch Chief from 2016-2017. Commander Lancaster is currently the Chief Staff Officer for Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.
Commander Lancaster’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), and various campaign, unit, and service awards.