Lt. Cmdr. Kristopher Lancaster
Lt. Cmdr. Lancaster enlisted in the Navy in 1994 in Knoxville, Tenn. He completed the Nuclear Power pipeline and was selected to attend Auburn University in the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP). He graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he completed nuclear power training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course prior to assignment aboard USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue) from July 2001 to July 2004. During his tour, he completed five strategic deterrent patrols.
From Aug. 2004 to Sept. 2006 he served at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. as an Instructor in Aspects of Reactor Plant Operations. During this tour, he completed a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Following completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course, Lancaster served on board USS Toledo (SSN 769) as the Combat Systems Officer from Nov. 2007 to March 2011, where he completed a combined AFRICOM/CENTCOM deployment. In July 2011, he reported to the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Ala., where he completed his Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and his second Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science.
Lancaster relieved as the Executive Officer onboard Pre-Commissiong Unit (PCU) North Dakota (SSN 784) in March 2013 following completion of the Submarine Command Course. He is the second Executive Officer to serve since the command was established.
Lancaster is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various other personal and unit awards.