Major Lanier, from Columbia, Maryland, joined the Army in June 1997 when he began cadet basic training at West Point, where he would pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Operations Research, Systems Analysis. Following graduation in 2001, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama for flight school and the Aviation Officer Basic Course where he was trained as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. His first duty assignment after flight school was Hanau, Germany assigned to Bravo Company, 2-501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division where he served as the company executive officer from December 2002 – September 2003. In May 2003 he deployed to Iraq and operated out of Baghdad International Airport where he took over as a platoon leader in September. In addition to flying daily missions, he led a 20-soldier, 4 aircraft platoon in planning and executing aerial resupply, air movement, quick reaction force, VIP transport, and casualty evacuation support to a 34,000 soldier Task Force in and around Baghdad. He redeployed to Germany in July 2004 after 15 months in combat. Following reconstitution, he became the Battalion Administrative, Personnel Officer and Adjutant (S1) in October 2004, responsible for supervising the human resource management, administration, and personnel actions for a battalion with over 500 soldiers. One of his last duties as the Adjutant before leaving in January 2006 was preparing the unit administratively for the move back to the United States and transformation to an Assault Helicopter Battalion.
Upon completion of the Aviation Captain’s Career Course in July 2006, Captain Lanier was requested to return to his old unit that had just arrived in Fort Riley, Kansas to accept the challenge of standing up and commanding a new company. He established this new company’s programs, transformed and modernized its equipment, and planned and supervised all training to grow in one year from 13 officers and soldiers to a fully trained 50-aircrew-member cohesive team ready for combat operations. In September 2007 they deployed to Tikrit, Iraq where his company of 10 Blackhawks provided air assault, air movement, aerial resupply, VIP transport, and downed aircraft recovery support to a 25,000 Soldier Task Force covering an area twice the size of Pennsylvania. Additionally, as a pilot-in-command, he led dangerous and complex air assault raids resulting in the capture of over 80 insurgent leaders. In January 2008, he took command of the battalion’s 85-soldier Aviation Maintenance company, responsible for providing around-the-clock maintenance on 38 helicopters. After redeploying in November 2008, he managed the reset maintenance of the 30 Blackhawk helicopters spread across five locations throughout the United States and coordinated the fielding of 30 new helicopters. In July 2009, after 3 years of company command, Captain Lanier left Fort Riley, Kansas to attend Wharton to pursue a MBA.
Major Lanier’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Air Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, 2 Valorous Unit Awards, the Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
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- MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- B.S., United States Military Academy
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