William Lawler, CAPT
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership | Operational Level Programs
Captain Lawler graduated from Marquette University and was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1985. He also earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
An EA-6B aviator, Captain Lawler’s operational experience includes multiple deployments to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, including a deployed period to the North Arabian Gulf. He has participated in OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR and OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH. He also participated in the initial stages of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, while assigned to VAQ-130 with Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75).
Captain Lawler commanded VAQ-130 in 2003-2004 leading the squadron through an inter-deployment training cycle and the multi-nation exercise Majestic Eagle onboard CVN 75 off Northern Africa. During this period, the “Zappers” were awarded the Safety “S”, Battle Efficiency “E” and the Admiral Arthur Radford Award.
Following command, Captain Lawler reported for joint duty to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation as the Military Special Assistant for Electronic Warfare (EW) and test investment programs.
He then reported to the Naval War College in November 2007 where he served as Director of the Assist and Assess Team (AAT). This team supported eight numbered fleet commanders and staffs implementation of the maritime operations center construct.
In 2010, he reported to Expeditionary Strike Group FIVE in Bahrain, where he was assigned as the U.S. Military Officer-in-Charge ISA Airbase, then as ESG-5 Chief of Staff/Plans. As ESG-5 COS, he participated in Operation ODYSSEY DAWN while embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3). He also coordinated amphibious and crisis response operations planning efforts for ESG-5 in support of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
Following that tour, he reported to the Naval War College in December 2011 where he is currently serving as the Director for the Operational Level Programs Director under the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership.
Captain Lawler has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours, including over 2500 hours in the EA-6B Prowler. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Navy Achievement Medal and various other service and unit awards.