COL Allan H. Lanceta
Commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot
Colonel (COL) Allan H. Lanceta is a graduate of the University of Louisville, was
commissioned in the US Army Aviation Branch and is an OH-58(D) Kiowa Warrior Aviator. COL Lanceta’s first assignment as a Lieutenant was with the 82d Airborne Division’s 1st Battalion (Attack), 82d Aviaton Regiment where he served as a Company Executive Officer, Platoon Leader and assistant Battalion Operations officer (S3).
As a Captain, COL Lanceta was assigned to Schweinfurt, Germany in the 1st Infantry Division where he assumed Command of the 601st Cavalry Support Company and F Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment. Upon completion of Company and Troop Command, COL Lanceta was assigned to Fort Knox, KY as the Cavalry Team Chief for 1st Battalion, 337th Aviation Regiment. While still at Fort Knox, COL Lanceta was selected as a small group instructor at the US Cavalry Leaders Course, teaching reconnaissance and security, air ground integration and ground maneuver doctrine.
As Operation Iraqi Freedom began combat operations, then MAJ Lanceta was requested to deploy with the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood and the 4th Aviation Brigade (now 1st Air Cavalry Brigade) and was hand selected to serve as an Aviation Task Force Commander in LSA Anaconda with 8 OH-58(D) Kiowa Warriors, 8 AH-64(D) Apaches and 200 Soldiers tasked with the reconnaissance and security mission of Balad. After OIF II, COL Lanceta was selected to attend the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS and upon successful completion was then assigned to the 82d Airborne Division and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment as the unit’s first Brigade Aviation Officer and Chief of Training, deploying to OI VII, conducting operations in Southern Iraq, Basrah and Al Amarah.
After redeploying from OIF VII, as a Lieutenant Colonel, COL Lanceta was nominated and selected for duty at the US Joint Forces Command as an observer trainer with the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, VA, advising three and four star Commands on best practices and insights as they prepared for joint operations, facilitating seminars for senior leaders at PINNACLE, CAPSTONE and KEYSTONE and providing training during numerous exercises around the globe in support of major Combatant Commands and Joint Task Forces.
COL Lanceta was then selected for Battalion Command and served as the Commander of the 601 Aviation Support Battalion 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley KS and after successful command, was nominated and elected to serve in the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Office as the Director, Central Region, Soldier for Life program.
COL Lanceta’s awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster (6 awards), the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism expeditionary medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two stars, the overseas service ribbon with two awards, the Kosovo Liberation Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. COL Lanceta is a senior Army Aviator, senior Army parachutist and was awarded the Combat Action Badge for actions in OIF II.
COL Lanceta’s military education includes the US Army War College, UNC Institute for Defense and Business, the Joint Forces Staff College (JPME II), the Command and General Staff College, US Cavalry Leaders Course, the Joint Firepower Controllers Course, the US Navy Dunker school, the JFK Special Warfare Center SERE (C) School, the 82d Airborne Jumpmaster School and the US Joint Special Operations University Personnel Recovery Course.