Commander James Lomax is from Concord, California. Commissioned through Naval ROTC in May 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting and Management) from Norwich University in Vermont. Following Naval flight training and designation as a helicopter pilot in April 2000, he received initial MH-53E training at HMT-302 in New River, North Carolina.
CDR Lomax’s first sea tour was with the “Blackhawks” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) in Corpus Christi, Texas, form 2001 to 2004. He served as Aircraft Maintenance Division Officer and qualified as AMCM Mission Commander and Functional Check Pilot. He deployed WESTPAC 01, RONEX 02, MERCURY GOMEX 02, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
For his shore tour, in February 2004 he received MH-60S training at HC-3 and reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) in Patuxent River, Maryland, as an Operational Test Director for developing Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures (OAMCM) systems. During this time, he also acted as Operations Officer for a two aircraft detachment onboard the USS IWO JIMA, conducting Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In April 2007, he reported for his second sea tour to Mine Countermeasure Squadron THREE (MCMRON 3) as the N5 (Plans and Policies) Department Head. He was key contributor for the development of Commander Task Force 52 (CTF 52) and Commander FIFTH Fleet contingency plans, and was responsible for the planning and execution of all major FIFTH Fleet theater MCM engagements.
After completing MH-53E refresher training, CDR Lomax reported back to HM-15 in December 2009, serving as Department Head for Safety and then Operations. Additionally, he served as the HM-15 Officer-in-Charge for the squadron’s forward deployed four aircraft detachment in Bahrain. During this tenure, he deployed his detachment to northern Pakistan after major flooding to provide HADR operations while attached to CTF 59/Task Force Ghazi.
Following his department head tour, CDR Lomax reported to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, in December 2011. At the completion of the eighteen month curriculum, he received a Master of Business Administration, focused on Material Logistics Support, and also completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.
In July of 2013, he reported to US Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike as a Special Plans Support Planner in the Plans and Integration Directorate. He was responsible for developing and integrating non-kinetic strike options for USSTRATCOM and other Combatant Command OPLANs.
CDR Lomax reported to TACRON ELEVEN (VTC-11) as Executive Officer in June 2015. His personal decorations include four Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and numerous unit and campaign awards.