Capt. Robert T. Lanane II, a native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1999 and earned his Wings of Gold in 2001 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi.
Lanane's operational assignments began with the "Fighting Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 where he deployed aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) to the Western Pacific from January to October of 2003, transitioning to the F/A-18E Super Hornet in 2004. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a department head with the "Mighty Shrikes" of VFA-94 and deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, in July of 2011 with MAG-11 as part of the Navy's Unity Deployable Program.
As the commanding officer of the "Knighthawks" of VFA-136, he led the squadron during its 2015 combat deployment aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Lanane's shore assignments include Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, as an F/A-18 instructor from 2005 to 2008; Strike Force Training Pacific at NAS North Island, San Diego, as the assistant strike operations officer from 2008-2010; Naval Special Warfare Development Group at Dam Neck, Virginia, as the fleet liaison and maritime planner; U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Colorado Springs as the Air, Space, and Cyber Branch Chief for the J8 and the Operations Branch Chief for the Joint Fires Element J32.
Lanane will assumed command of Training Air Wing 1 in August of 2021.