Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Lautenslager
USS Springfield (SSN 761)
Lt. Cmdr. Lautenslager, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from the Unversity of Dayton in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He completed basic Nuclear Power and Submarine Officer Training in April, 2001.
Lt. Cmdr. Lautenslager's first shipboard assignment was aboard USS San Juan (SSN 751) where he qualified submarines while serving in a variety of division officer assignments. While on board, San Juan participated in an eight-month Mediterranean deployment which included supporting the war effort by shooting over 25 tomahawk cruise missiles during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this tour the boat was awarded the Submarine Development Sqaudron 12 Battle Efficiency "E". Following this tour he reported to Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn. where he served as the lead submarine strike officer.
After graduating from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course, Lt. Cmdr. Lautenslager reported to USS Philadelphia as the Combat Systems Officer and was aboard during Philadelphia's last deployment to Central Command. During this period, the boat was awarded the Submarine Squadron 2 Tactical "T" and Navigation "N". After this successful deployment, he took the boat to Norfolk Naval Shipyard for decommissioning. He then reported to the Navy War College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Lt. Cmdr. Lautenslager is entitled to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other personal and unit awards.