Commander Brandon Lantis is a native of Miles City, Montana. He enlisted in the Navy in 1992, completed boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and Operation Specialist “A” in Damneck, VA, before serving onboard the USS MERRILL (DD 976). In 1997 CDR Lantis transferred to Naval Recruiting District Kansas City where he served as the Delayed Entry Program Coordinator. While at NRD, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and was selected for Officer Candidate School.
In 2000 CDR Lantis was commissioned and completed aviation indoctrination and primary flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola. After completing Advanced Flight Training in San Antonio, TX, he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer and awarded the Commander Alden C. Markey Award for top Naval Student in 2001, before reporting to Fleet Replacement Squadron SEVEN at Tinker AFB, OK.
CDR Lantis reported to his first fleet squadron, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) in 2002 where he served as the Public Affairs Officer, Legal Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and NATOPS Lead Instructor and earned a Mission Commander Evaluator qualification.
In 2005 he joined the Fleet Replacement Squadron VQ-7 as an FRS Instructor, where he was designated as a Weapon Tactics Instructor, was awarded Strategic Communications Wing One Naval Flight Officer of the Year and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Naval Post Graduate School.
In 2008 CDR Lantis transferred to the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) serving as the Assistant Strike Operations Office, and earning qualification as Officer of the Deck Underway, Command Duty Officer Underway, and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer and completed Joint Professional Military Education phase 1.
In 2010 he returned to Tinker AFB, OK as the Wing Safety Officer for Strategic Communications Wing One, prior to reporting to VQ-3 for his department head tour. In his department head tour he served as the Safety Officer, Tactics Officer and the Maintenance Officer and was selected as the Navy and Marine Corps Association Task Force 124 Department Head leadership award winner.
In 2014 CDR Lantis transferred to Strategic Communications Wing One and served as Deputy for Training Readiness and Assurance/Assessment and the Deputy for Safety.
In 2017 CDR Lantis reported as the Strike Operations Officer onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). CDR Lantis assumed the duties as Executive Officer University of Oklahoma ROTC in January 2019.
CDR Lantis has completed multiple deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Commander Lantis’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (6), Navy Achievement Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal (2) and various campaign and unit awards.