Today, Commander Cegelske was relieved by Commander Lawrence as Commanding Officer, Cyber Defense Activity SIXTY FOUR. Commander Lawrence’s biography follows:
Lemuel “Seth” Lawrence
Cyber Defense Activity SIXTY FOUR
CDR Lemuel “Seth” Lawrence is a native of Moorcroft, WY. He enlisted as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate (MM) in 1996, completed associated training and qualifications, and was selected as an instructor at Nuclear Prototype Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY. After receiving his Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management (HRM), from The New School University in 2000 he was accepted to Officer Candidate School.
Upon commissioning in 2000 as a Navy Cryptology Officer, he was stationed at Naval Security Group Activity Kunia where he qualified as a Watch Officer, a Direct Support Officer (Subsurface), and served as the Fleet Cryptologic Augmentation Center Officer. During the last year of this tour he was selected to support Commander Pacific Fleet staff as an Information Operations (IO) and Special Technical Operations (STO) planner.
In July 2004, he reported to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he studied Computer Science and completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) phase I. Upon completion of his MS, he transferred to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Suitland where he was selected to stand up the new NNWC N33 CNO Staff element at Fort Meade, serve as the Assistant Department Head for Sailors supporting the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations, and was the Navy Mission Commander supporting the Joint Cyber Attack Team aligned to JFCC-NW that later grew to become US Cyber Command.
Following his tour with NSA, he was a FLTCYBERCOM/COMTENTHFLT plank owner and was the first C10F Battle Watch Captain, served as Deputy Current Operations Officer, Assistant Senior Watch Officer, and lead Offensive Cyber Planner among other duties. Following his staff tour, he served as Executive Officer at NIOC Pensacola.
In August of 2013 he transferred to NIOC MD where he stood up 21 National Mission Team operationally supporting US Cyber Command and Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF). Prior to reporting as the Executive Officer for Cyber Defense Activity Sixty-Four, CDR Lawrence most recently served as the Cryptologic Warfare (CW) and Cyber Warfare Engineer (CWE) Officer Community Manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN.
He is married to the former Dodie L. Wood of Gillette, WY. Together they have three children. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (2).