Commanding Officer

Captain Lawrence G. Getz III was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in San Diego, California. A graduate of the University of San Diego, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1988 and went on to receive a Master’s of Science from Tulane University in 1990. He entered the Navy via Aviation Officers Candidate School in 1991, designated a Naval Aviator in June 1993 and has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in the H-60 F/H.

His sea duty assignments have included tours as NAVOSH and Training Officer in HS-4 Black Knights, Assistant Air Operations Officer in Carrier Strike Group Seven, Safety, Training and Operations Officer in HS-11 Dragonslayers, and Executive and Commanding Officer of HS-15 Red Lions where he was the first active duty squadron to deploy to Iraq and fly over 500 combat hours. He was also the Executive and Commanding Officer of the USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3).

During his HS-15 command tour the squadron received the Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Battle “E”, CNO Safety Award and the CFFC Retention Honor Roll. During his command tour on the USS KEARSARGE they received the 2015 Battle “E” award.

His shore assignments include Flag Aide and House of Representatives Liaison Officer for VADM Norb Ryan in the Navy Legislative Affairs Office, Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot and Safety Officer at HS-10, Helicopter Shore Detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, and Junior Military Aide to the Secretary of Defense for Secretaries Gates, Panetta and Hagel. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the University of Michigan’s Navy ROTC Program.

He completed the Air Force Command and Staff College correspondence course during his Department Head tour and received JPME Phase I. He also attended National War College where he received a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Air Medal (two), Navy Commendation Medal (four), Navy Achievement Medal (three), and various other unit commendations and service medals. He was selected as HS-11 Pilot of the Year in 2004 and received the Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic HSC Leader of the Year in 2009.

Captain Getz is married to the former Stacy Suzanne O’Brien of Milford, Michigan. They have two children, Joshua and Ryan, and reside in Milford, MI.