Captain Paul Lanzilotta
Executive Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Captain Paul J. Lanzilotta is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his commission through the Naval ROTC program. He was winged as a Naval Flight Officer in 1996 and primarily flew the carrier-based E-2C Hawkeye Command and Control aircraft. He also earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
His assignments at sea include two separate tours with the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two One (VAW-121), and flag lieutenant for Commander, Carrier Strike Group Six. He also served as executive officer and commanding officer of VAW-126, the “Seahawks.” During those tours, he flew missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
His assignments ashore include the United States Naval Test Pilot School, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Twenty (VX-20), J-35 Lead Planner for HQ European Command, Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel, and commanding officer, VAW-120, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for E-2C/D and C-2A aircraft.
Lanzilotta completed the Aviation Nuclear Officer training pipeline and is now serving as the Executive Officer of USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), reporting June 2016.
CAPT Lanzilotta has logged over 2600 flight hours in 22 different aircraft. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and various other medals, unit and campaign awards.