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Captain Lance L. Lesher

Click for high resolutionCaptain Lesher enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and served as a Machinist Mate for three years.  He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science in General Engineering.  

His first division officer tour was as Combat Information Center Officer in USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST 1197) where he supported operations in the Arabian Gulf, and Somalia.  After decommissioning BARNSTABLE COUNTY, he served with the commissioning crew as Machinery Division Officer and Navigator in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50) where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea.  
His department head tours included Engineer Officer in USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Afloat Training Group, Atlantic as an engineering space assessor.   
His executive officer tour was in USS MCINERNEY (FFG 8) where he deployed to the North Atlantic, and Baltic and Mediterranean Seas as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE.  
He served as Chief Staff Officer, Commander Destroyer Squadron TWO FOUR, preparing the staff to lead mission command of USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) deployment to South America.
As Commanding Officer USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45), he supported exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 as the Mine Counter Measure Afloat Forward Staging Base and deployed to the Arabia Gulf supporting multi-national exercises in Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.  During the deployment COMSTOCK supported combined USMC-USN Scan Eagle Tactical Unmanned Arial System (TUAS) operations.
As the Operations Officer Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, he served as the Commander Amphibious Task Force (CATF) for exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS 2012, and as the Joint Operations Center Director in USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20)for BALTIC OPERATIONS 2013.  
Shore tours include instructor duty Surface Warfare Officer’s School; military fellow Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); civil affairs officer Multi-National Division, Baghdad; surface warfare tactics instructor Tactical Training Group, Atlantic; Deputy Global Force Management Division, US Special Operations Command; and Future Operations Officer, Fleet Forces Command.
He has a Master’s Degree in International Relations and has completed Joint Military Professional Education, Phase I and II.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various unit and service awards.