Commander John S. Lucas IV
Commander John S. Lucas was born and raised in North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1995, he proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of Basic Training and Radioman A School, Commander Lucas reported for duty aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) serving as a Facilities Control Operator and achieving the rank of Radioman 2nd Class before being selected to attend Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
Upon commissioning in 2000, Commander Lucas reported for duty aboard USS ANZIO (CG 68), serving as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and eventually as the Auxiliaries Officer. In December 2002, Commander Lucas reported to the Navy’s newest anti-terrorism Expeditionary Team—the “Rabid Dogfish” of Mobile Security Detachment TWO THREE—serving as the Officer-in-Charge. It was during this tour where he earned his Small Craft Officer insignia.
His first shore tour was at Auburn University Naval ROTC in August 2004 where he heartily challenged Midshipmen and Officer Candidates to discover their warrior ethos as the unit’s resident Surface Warfare Officer. Concurrently, he earned his Master’s Degree in Technical and Professional Communication. In July 2007, Commander Lucas reported to USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG 98) as an emergency gap-fill and served as the Combat Systems Officer and Weapons Officer, and finally concluded his tour as the Operations Officer. In late 2008, he reported to USS MONTEREY (CG 61) once again leading sea-going warriors as the Operations Officer.
In August 2010 Commander Lucas assumed command of the “Fighting Spurdogs” of PC Crew CHARLIE embarked in USS THUNDERBOLT (PC 12) and ultimately led his warriors through the challenge of an extensive hull repair availability of USS WHIRLWIND (PC 11) on deployment. After a highly successful tour in PC Crew CHARLIE, he was relieved of command in October 2011 and hand-picked to assume command of USS TORNADO (PC 14) as she was returned to the Navy after distinguished service with the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 2012 Commander Lucas attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and earned a second Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation, he reported in March 2012 to the fledgling Navy Expeditionary Warfighting Development Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story where he served as Executive Officer, Maritime Headquarters Director for the Staff, Director of Training, and the N5 Department Head. He served as Executive Officer of USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) from January 2017 to June 2018. He assumed command of USS BULKELEY in August 2018.
Commander Lucas’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and various unit and service awards.