USS Rentz
Decommissioned May 9, 2014
CDR Lance Chad Lantier
Executive Officer (April 2011 - October 2012)

Commander Lantier is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. He began his career by enlisting in the United States Navy shortly after high school in 1989 under the Delayed Entry Program, graduating from the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program in San Diego in 1991. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy in May 1995. He attended the Surface Warfare Officer School Basic Course and the Steam Engineering basic and advanced courses in Newport, RI, and was assigned as both the Main Propulsion Division Officer and the Auxiliaries Officer in USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) in Little Creek, VA, from December 1995 to February 1997. During this tour, he deployed with the GUAM Amphibious Readiness Group to the Mediterranean in support of U.S. operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to West Africa in defense of the American Embassy in Sierra Leone as part of Operation ASSURED RESPONSE.

In February 1997, Commander Lantier reported as Auxiliaries Officer in USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) and deployed to the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf with the ENTERPRISE Battle Group in support of Operation ASSURED RESPONSE. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Integration in December 2001. In 2002, he attended Department Head School at Newport, RI, and, upon completing the AEGIS training pipeline, reported as Chief Engineer in USS MILIUS (DDG 69), meeting the ship one month into a Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployment with the CONSTELLATION Strike Group in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Commander Lantier reported to Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO THREE in August 2004 for a brief TAD period before attending the Joint Maritime Tactical Course and reporting as Materiel Officer in October 2004. During this tour, he deployed to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf with the NIMITZ Strike Group in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation SEA DRAGON and was integral in both the development of the SEA DRAGON database as well as the Maritime Security Upgrade Proposal for 7 meter and 11 meter RHIBs coordinated with C2F/C3F/C5F/C7F and proposed to CFFC by C3F for implementation.

Commander Lantier was assigned as a Sea Strike Analyst for the Assessments Division, Chief of Naval Operations (N81) from June 2006 to December 2008, where his areas of responsibility included capabilities-based analysis of Joint Maritime and Littoral Fires, Offensive Surface Warfare, and Sea Strike support of Urban Operations, among others. Commander Lantier subsequently completed a joint assignment to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Quantico, VA, from January 2009 to November 2010, where has served as both the Education Officer and the Experimentation Officer.

His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Naval Achievement Medal (two awards).


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