Rear Adm. Nancy S. Lacore is a native of Albany, New York. She graduated in 1990 from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received her commission from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. She earned a Master of Arts from San Diego State University and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and the National Defense University at the Joint Forces Staff College. She was designated a Naval Aviator in 1993.
Her flying tours include Helicopter Combat Support Squadrons 8 in Norfolk, Virginia and 3 in San Diego, California as well as Commander, Helicopter Tactical Wing Pacific. She affiliated with the Navy Reserve in 2000.
Her staff assignments include Navy Reserve (NR) Naval Air Wings Pacific in San Diego, California and NR Commander Amphibious Squadron 4 Detachment 104 in Bessemer, Alabama. She served as the executive officer of NR Tactical Air Control Squadron 2186 and NR Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic, and as the chief staff officer for NR Commander 2nd Fleet Joint Force Air Component Commander, in Norfolk, Virginia. She mobilized to serve as the chief of Key Leader Engagement at Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Her command tours include NR Commander Destroyer Squadron 40 Headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida; NR Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Partnership Program Detachment 413 in Detroit, Michigan, and NR U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime and Air Operations Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. She served in a post-command assignment as the Navy Reserve chief staff officer at U.S. Fleet Forces in 2017, from which she mobilized to serve as the commanding officer, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
Her personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and other campaign and unit commendations. She accumulated approximately 1300 flight hours in military aircraft.