Commanding Officer, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen A. Lacovara

Lieutenant Colonel Lacovara was born on 10 February 1975 in Edison, New Jersey.  He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in August 1993.  He served aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin (WHEC-721) from Oct 1993-Dec 1994, CG Group Portland Maine from Mar 1995-Aug 1997.  During his time with the CG he served in array of duties to include BMOW, Rescue Swimmer, Boarding Team Member and Telecommunication Specialist.  LtCol Lacovara served in Operation Able Manner on the USCGC Gallatin in the summer of 1994, and aboard the USCGC Bear (WMEC-901) for a UNITAS cruise in the summer of 1995.  He exited the CG as a Third-Class Petty Officer (TC3) in 1997. 

Upon exiting the CG, LtCol Lacovara attended night school in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from 1998-2002, attending the University of Southern Maine, then Trident Technical College, and finally Strayer University.  Meanwhile, he held professional positions with Xerox Business Services (1997-1999), Care Alliance Health Services (1999-2001), Anteon Corporation (2001-2003), and the Transportation Security Administration (2003-2004). 

In 2004 he graduated from Officer Candidate School with Officer Candidate Class 187, and The Basic School in 2005.  Upon completing TBS, LtCol Lacovara was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 (MALS-13) aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, AZ.  After completing the Aviation Supply Basic Qualification Course in 2006, he was assigned as the Marine Aircraft Group 13 Fiscal Officer from 2006-2007. 

From 2007-2008 LtCol Lacovara was assigned to serve in a 0302 billet for I MEF as the Operations Officer for a Military Transition Team – POETT 4254 – in the city of Husaybah, Iraq, on the Syrian border. Upon returning from deployment, he was assigned as the Consumable Management Division OIC for MALS-13 from Oct 2008 until May 2009; at which time he was selected to serve aboard the Presidential Helicopter Squadron (HMX-1). 

From 2009-2013 LtCol Lacovara served at HMX-1 as the Fiscal Officer (2009-2011), Assistant Aviation Supply Officer (2011-2013) and as a White House Liaison Officer (2010-2013).  He was selected as a finalist for the White House Military Officer of the year award in 2013. Also in 2013, he was selected on the CLEB and ordered to attend Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to study Material Logistics Management in Monterey, CA. 

In Dec 2014 he graduated from NPS with a Master in Business Administration and was subsequently assigned to MARCORLOGCOM, aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA in the Logistics Capability Center.  From Jan 2015 to Sep 2017 he served as the Program Manager for developing Defense Property Accountability System (DPAS) requirements for the Consolidated Storage Program, which included managing and leading the enterprise-wide implementation across all three MEFs.  Upon completing the DPAS implementation, LtCol Lacovara was selected to serve as the Director for the newly created Innovation Cell from Oct 2017 to May of 2018. 

From 2018-2020 he served as the Aviation Supply Officer for MALS-11, MAG-11.  He served as the Aviation Supply TMS Lead for the F/A-18 Hornet, managed the transition of incorporating F-35 supply support to the MAG, led the re-organization of the Supply Department to the new Retail Supply Chain Management construct, while receiving the highest Functional Area Inspection score for the entire aviation supply community in 2020, at 97 percent.

LtCol Lacovara served at the Pentagon from June of 2020 through April 2021, as the Military Assistant for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy. 

LtCol Lacovara’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, CG Commandant’s Letter of Commendation ribbon, and the Presidential Service Badge.