SSU/AASU NROTC Command
Captain Todd Lacy, U.S. Navy
Captain Lacy earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of South Carolina in May 1993. Following initial shore assignments with Sea Control Squadron TWO SEVEN (VS-27), NAS Cecil Field and Naval Security Group Activity, RAF Edzell, Scotland, he commenced flight training at NAS Pensacola and San Antonio AFB where he earned his Naval Flight Officer designation.
Captain Lacy began his operational assignments at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1), NAS Whidbey Island. Following completion of a highly competitive position as a Fleet Evaluator and Instructor with Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, he reported to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), NS Mayport deploying as the Top Cat Shooter and leading the ship’s primary mission division as the Catapults and Arresting Gear Division Officer. He then joined the “Old Buzzards” of Patrol Squadron ONE (VPU-1), NAS Brunswick, becoming the Operations Officer. After a tour as the Operations Directorate Liaison to the D.C. based Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, he returned to VPU-1 to assume Operational Command-at-Sea. During his tenure as Commanding Officer the squadron received the Battle “E” and Golden Wrench Awards. He then studied at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island and was selected as the U.S. Navy representative to the Naval Command College, NWC’s senior international college. Upon graduation he was accepted to the NWC faculty as a Military Professor of Strategy and Policy. Captain Lacy reported to Savannah State University (SSU) in March 2015 as the Professor of Naval Science and assumed the duties of NROTC Commanding Officer assigned to SSU and cross-town affiliate Armstrong State University.
Captain Lacy studied at the University of South Carolina (BS, Insurance and Economic Security, 1993), Jacksonville University (MBA, 2002) and the United States Naval War College (MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, 2012). He holds the designation of Joint Qualified Officer and has been granted subspecialties in National Security Studies, Far East and Pacific Security Studies and Financial Management. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and four 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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