COMMANDING OFFICER OF USCGC MORGENTHAU
Captain William J. Lane was born in Atlanta, GA to Carolynn and
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Lane (U.S. Army, retired).
Captain Lane graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. In 2002, he graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a Masters of Science in Information Systems.
In addition to his initial tour of duty as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC HARRIET LANE (WMEC 903) in Portsmouth, VA, Commander Lane has had the honor of serving aboard a variety of afloat units. He served as Commanding Officer of USCGC POINT SAL (WPB 82352) in Grand Isle, LA; Operations Officer of USCGC GALLATIN (WHEC 721) in Charleston, SC; Executive Officer of USCGC NORTHLAND (WMEC 904) in Portsmouth, VA; and Commanding Officer of USCGC BEAR (WMEC 901) in Portsmouth, VA.
Captain Lane served as a Deployable Team Leader and Instructor at the International Training Division in Yorktown, VA; Command and Control System Architect in the Office of Electronic Systems at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Chief of the Systems Support Division in the Office of Command, Control, and Navigation Systems at Coast Guard Headquarters; Chief of Response at Sector Hampton Roads; and most recently the Enlisted Assignments Branch Chief at the Personnel Service Center before taking command of USCGC MORGENTHAU.
Captain Lane is particularly proud of his involvement in the development and implementation of Operation NEW FRONTIER tactics, techniques, and procedures during the Coast Guard’s Proof of Concept for Airborne Use of Force while serving as Operations Officer in CGC GALLATIN.
Captain Lane deployed to Haiti in 2004 as part of Operation SECURE TOMORROW for over 100 days as the Operations and International Training Officer in support of the Maritime Component Commander to the Combined Joint Task Force.
Captain Lane has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various other unit and service awards.
Captain Lane is married to the former Robin Breding, a native of Albuquerque, NM. They have two children; Zachary (junior in college) and Joshua (senior in high school).