LT Michael Lacey, a native of Houston, Texas, enlisted in the Navy in 2008 as an Electrician’s Mate. While undergoing nuclear training at prototype in South Carolina he was fortunate enough to be selected for the Seaman to Admiral-21 program. He was fortunate again to stay in Charleston for three more years while at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. During this time, he obtained his commission, a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a B.A. degree in Political Science, and most importantly met his future wife Alyssa during a production of the musical Oklahoma.
Following the nuclear propulsion and submarine officer training pipeline he reported to USS BUFFALO (SSN-715) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He earned his fish while serving as the Damage Control Assistant during that fine ship’s final Western Pacific Deployment.
LT Lacey is currently a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. He recently received his Command and Staff Diploma (JPME Phase I) with highest distinction from the Naval War College, graduating in the top 5% of his class. His article, “China is Developing a Cadre of Undersea Experts,” was published in the December 2019 issue of The Submarine Review.
LT Lacey is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Navy Unit Citation. He was recognized as a 2013 laureate of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, for diverse achievements. Michael and Alyssa have three wonderful kids and their young family enjoys traveling together as part of the Navy life.