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Cmdr. Michael Lanzillo


CDR Michael “Rizzo” Lanzillo is a native of Norwood, Massachusetts.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a minor in Spanish.  He was commissioned in May 2003 with orders to flight school in Pensacola, Florida, where he received his naval aviator “Wings of Gold” in October 2005.

His operational assignments include two tours at the “Vanguard,” Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM) 14, where on his first tour he served as communications officer, Naval air training and operating procedures standardization (NATOPS) officer, and quality assurance officer while deploying multiple times to various theaters around the world, including U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). His second tour at HM-14 was as a department head, serving as aircraft maintenance officer for 15 months, and as officer in charge for the forward deployed, three-aircraft detachment based in Pohang, South Korea.   His other operational fleet assignment was onboard amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5), where he served in the Air Department as flight deck handler and mini boss, earning his shipboard officer of the deck qualification during various underway periods in support of east coast Marine Expeditionary Unit requirements.   

Lanzillo’s shore assignments include a Fleet Replacement Squadron flight instructor tour at Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS) in Norfolk, Virginia, fulfilling the role of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic NATOPS evaluator and earning his Sea Dragon Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) qualification, as well as a tour in Millington, Tennessee at Navy Personnel Command where he served as the Rotary Wing shore detailer in PERS-43.  

Lanzillo has amassed over 2,000 flight hours primarily in the mighty MH-53E Sea Dragon, and earned a master of business administration (MBA) degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.  

Lanzillo’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and various other unit awards. 

 
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