Rear Admiral Anthony Lengerich, a native of Redlands, California, served on active duty from Aug. 1971 through Aug. 2005. He was commissioned in 1971 through the NROTC scholarship program at the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1982 from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is an alumnus of the Defense Systems Management College and the Cornell University Johnson School of Business Executive Management Program.
Lengerich’s first at-sea assignments included naval combat operations in North Vietnamese waters while serving as communications officer aboard USS Gurke (DD-783), and as staff communications officer for the commander, U.S 7th Fleet aboard USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5). He later served as operations officer on USS Badger (FF-1071); operations and combat systems officer for commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 13; assistant Surface Operations officer and scheduler for commander, Carrier Group 2 and briefly as scheduler for commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12. He qualified as a surface warfare officer (SWO) and was designated as "Qualified for Command at Sea" during these tours.
His operational ashore assignment was at the Naval Communications Unit London, U.K., where he served as communications operations officer for the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean on the staff of the commander in chief, U. S. Naval Forces Europe.
He was re-designated as an engineering duty officer in 1984 and reported for duty to the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Command (NAVELEX) in Washington, D.C., as platform integration officer for the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS). He later served as project officer for the Command and Control Processor (C2P) and the director of Force Systems Engineering within the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He next served as division director for Afloat Mission Planning Systems (Tomahawk) within the Command and Control Program Office in the Naval Air Systems Command and later in the Program Executive Office, Cruise Missile and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Lengerich commanded the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Center, Charleston, South Carolina, and was the first commanding officer of the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center, In-Service Engineering, East Coast Division, also in Charleston. He then served as commander, Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center, San Diego, California, with additional duty as corporate operations officer and corporate information officer for commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Following this assignment he served as executive assistant to the commander, Naval Sea Systems Command and subsequently as the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command’s first director of Installations and Logistics.
As a flag officer he served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as director, Industrial Capability, Maintenance Policy and Acquisition Logistics, and later as deputy director, Fleet Readiness Division. His final assignment was vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
His personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) and Navy Commendation Medal (three awards). Other awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and various expeditionary, campaign and service medals.