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Commander Robert Lusk

CDR Lusk is a native of St. Paul, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1997 with a B.A. in Psychology and received his commission through NROTC. Following Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas he received his “Wings of Gold” in May, 1999. 

Following initial flight instruction from the FRS in Jacksonville, Fla., CDR Lusk reported to the “Golden Swordsmen” of VP-47 in Hawaii, where he served as the Classified Material Officer, Readiness Officer, Ordnance Branch Officer and Aircrew Division Officer. While with VP-47 he completed combat deployments to both 5th and 7th Fleet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following his tour with the “Golden Swordsmen,” CDR Lusk reported to the “Warbucks” of VT-4 in Pensacola, Fla. in May 2003, serving as T-1/T-39 Flight Instructor, FIUT Instructor, T-1/T-39 STAN Officer and T-1/T-39 NATOPS Officer. 
Following initial TAO training in April 2006, he reported to USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., where he served as the FOTC Officer, Force Protection/Anti-Terrorism Officer, Security Officer and TAO.  While with Enterprise he completed two combat deployments to 5th Fleet in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

In May 2008, CDR Lusk reported to the Army Command & General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kan., where he completed JPME PHASE I and received his Master’s Degree in Business Security Management from Webster University. 
Following FRS refresher training, CDR Lusk reported to the “Grey Knights” of VP-46 in Whidbey Island, Wash., in February 2010, where he served as the Command Services Officer, Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer.  During his Department Head tour with VP-46, CDR Lusk completed a combat deployment to 5th Fleet in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

He detached from VP-46 in November of 2011 and reported to the Joint Warfare Analysis Center at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren, Va., where he served as LNO to CENTCOM and Branch Chief for AFRICOM.
Following his tour at JWAC, CDR Lusk reported as Safety Officer onboard USS Ford (CVN 78), in Newport News, Va. in December 2014.

He detached from CVN-78 in January 2017 and reported as Executive Officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP). In September 2021, he served as the Surface Warfare Division Deputy at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren. In 2024, Lusk returned to NSASP to serve as executive officer.  

CDR Lusk has more than 2800 flight hours, mostly in the P-3 Orion. He has also logged hours in the T-34C, T-2C, T-1 and T-39.  Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various campaign and service awards. 

Last Updated: 18 March 2024


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