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Captain William Lane enlisted in the Navy in 1989. He completed nuclear propulsion training as Electronics Technician (ET) in 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1998. After commissioning through Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, Florida in 1999, he completed flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in 2001. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in 2014.
Captain Lane’s initial sea tour was onboard USS Bainbridge (CGN-25), where he completed two deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Southern Watch (OSW). After fleet replacement training in the S-3B Viking, he completed his initial junior officer tour with the Diamondcutters of VS-30 and deployed onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of OEF. After completing transition training in the FA-18F, he was assigned to the Diamondbacks of VFA-102 and made multiple deployments onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). He completed his department head tour with the Jolly Rogers of VFA-103 which included a deployment onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in support of OEF. CDR Lane reported to the Red Rippers of VFA-11 in April of 2015 as the Executive Officer and deployed onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). In July of 2017 he assumed command of the Red Rippers. In April of 2018 he reported to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as the Air Officer and deployed in support of OIR.
Captain Lane’s shore and staff billets include instructor duty at Nuclear Field “A” School. After completing training as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) at Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), he was assigned as the tactics branch head with the Vampires of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9). He completed his joint tour with the Joint Staff J-7 as part of the Deployable Training Team as well as a facilitator for the Keystone, Capstone, and Pinnacle Joint Operations Modules (JOM). In July of 2020 he reported to The US Mission to NATO as the Deputy Director for the Defense Operations Directorate. In June of 2021 he will report to Naval Support Activity Bahrain to begin his next tour as the Commanding Officer.
Captain Lane has accumulated over 900 hours in the S-3B and over 2700 hours in the FA-18F. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Air Medal (3), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Navy Achievement Medal (3), as well as numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.
Last Updated: 14 June 2022