Rear Adm. Yancy B. Lindsey is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Military Science from Marine Corps University and a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego. In addition, he completed a Federal Executive Fellowship at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Lindsey was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in October 1986 and designated a naval aviator in December 1987.
Lindsey's sea duty assignments have included Antarctic Development Squadron (VXE) 6 flying LC-130 aircraft and twice with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 flying the E-2C Hawkeye. During these tours of duty, he completed three deployments to Antarctica and two deployments to the Arabian Gulf aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
Ashore, Lindsey served on the Joint Staff (J6); at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; with the U.S. European Command staff in Stuttgart, Germany; as chief of staff to the Commander, Navy Region Southwest; and as executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment.
Lindsey commanded the VAW-117 Wallbangers, earning the Battle Efficiency Award and completing an Arabian Gulf deployment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also commanded Naval Base Coronado, a consortium of eight Navy installations. Lindsey was the 89th commandant of Naval District Washington, June 2015 to August 2016. He assumed command of Navy Region Southwest in September 2016.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legions of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).