SSU/AASU NROTC Command
Captain Todd Lacy, U.S. Navy
Captain Lacy earned his commission through NROTC at the University of South Carolina (USC) in May 1993. Following initial shore assignments with VS-27 and NSGA Edzell, Scotland, he commenced training at Pensacola and San Antonio where he earned his Naval Flight Officer designation. In 1997 he reported to VQ-1 and commanded missions on the EP-3E to East and Southwest Asia. Following a Fleet Evaluator tour withVP-30 he deployed as the lead “Shooter” and V2 Division Officer onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) for its 2004 Arabian Gulf deployment. He then joined the “Old Buzzards” of VPU-1 as a Department Head, deploying to Iraq, East Africa and Afghanistan. After a USCENTCOM tour as the J3 Liaison Officer to the Joint IED Defeat Organization, he returned to VPU-1 as the Executive and then Commanding Officer. During his command the squadron deployed to Afghanistan and East Africa. Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and its associated Naval Command College, he was assigned to the NWC staff as a Military Professor of Strategy and Policy. He reported to Savannah State University in March 2015 to command the NROTC unit and serve as its Professor of Naval Science.
Captain Lacy studied at USC (BS, Business Administration, 1993), Jacksonville University (MBA, 2002) and NWC (MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, 2012). He holds subspecialties in National Security Studies, Far East and Pacific Security Studies and Financial Management and has been designated a Joint Qualified Officer. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medals.
Commander Thomas D. Hacker
Commander Hacker was raised in Cullman, Alabama and graduated from the University of Missouri in December of 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He completed flight school in August of 1995 and was selected for training in the SH-60B.
Commander Hacker’s first sea duty assignment was with the “Proud Warriors” of HSL-42 from 1996 to 1999. He was the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor for the HSL-48 “Vipers” from 2002 to 2004. He then transferred to the “Swamp Foxes” of HSL-44 (2004-2006) where he served as Officer in Charge embarked in USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) and as the squadron’s Operations Officer. From 2011 to 2013 he served as the Force Protection Officer for Carrier Strike Group Two embarked in USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77).
Commander Hacker’s shore duties included assignment as Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor at Helicopter Anti-Submarine (Light) Wing Atlantic’s Weapons Tactics Unit from 2000 to 2002. From 2007 to 2011 he was stationed at United Stated Strategic Command where he served as Branch Chief for the Positive Control Branch.
Commander Hacker joined the Naval ROTC at Savannah State University in 2013 and he currently serves as Executive Officer. Commander Hacker received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.
Commander Hacker’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals.
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