|Commander Lance Lesher
Commanding Officer (October 2009 - October 2011)
Commander Lance Lesher is a native of Cristobal, Panama. He enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and served as a Machinist Mate for three years before being appointed to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering.
His first sea tour was serving as Combat Information Center Officer in USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST-1197) where he participated in OPERATION DESERT STORM, and SOUTHERN WATCH, in the Arabian Gulf. During that tour he also participated in OPERATION RESTORE HOPE and CONTINUE HOPE off the coast of Somalia. After serving on the decommissioning crew of USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY, he served on the pre-commissioning crew as Machinery Division Officer and Navigator in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50).
His department head tours included serving as Engineer Officer in USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) and Afloat Training Group, Atlantic as an engineering space assessor.
His executive officer tour was in USS MCINERNEY (FFG 8) where he deployed as part of Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group. While deployed he participated in OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOR in the Mediterranean Sea.
He served as Chief Staff Officer of COMDESRON TWO FOUR.
His shore tours have included Surface Warfare Officer’s School as an engineering instructor; Center for Strategic and International Studies as a military fellow; Multi-National Division, Baghdad as a Civil Affairs Officer; and Tactical Training Group, Atlantic as a surface warfare instructor and mentor.
Commander Lesher has a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University and has completed Joint Military Professional Education, Phase I.
Commanders Lesher’s awards include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.