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About Bill Lescher

As Vice Chief of Operations for the Navy, Bill Lescher has forged a reputation that embodies the traits of courage, honor, service, and selflessness. Well-educated, well-trained and quite capable of commanding attention, Admiral Lescher has a long and storied history of service to his country, to his fellow service members and to his passions. Although originally from Highland Park, IL, his experience with the Navy has allowed him to travel and gain a better understanding of the world and each individual’s part in helping create positive change.

His own efforts within the Navy influenced the development of leadership programs to challenge each individual to achieve exceptional performance through the consistent adoption of problem-solving and proven leadership qualities. A rich academic history has given him both the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to see transformation through, at any stage of the process and in any environment.

Academic History of Bill Lescher

William Lescher began his academic efforts with systems and aeronautical engineering degrees from the Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the prestigious Harvard Business School. This background has allowed him to excel in his military career, giving him the skill set necessary to move through the ranks. He graduated with distinction from training in rotary wing, fixed wing, and Naval Test Pilot School, equipping him to pilot helicopters.

The Military History of Admiral Lescher

During his first operational tours, Bill Lescher was deployed onboard the USS O’Bannon (DD 987) to the Middle East with the Lamplighters and Swampfoxes of HSL-36 and 44. He also served aboard the USS Capodanno (FF 1093), the USS Clard (FFG 11), and the USS Elrod (FFG 55). When he was on land, he worked as an engineering test pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center. There, he led the SH-60B Seahawk developmental test team in launching the first guided missiles from a Navy helicopter.

Leadership Roles

Admiral Lescher was put in command of the Airwolves of HSL-40, the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) Squadron-48, and the Atlantic Fleet Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing. He was also the executive officer of Mine Countermeasures Command and Control Ship USS Inchon (MCS 12). When serving as a flag officer, he was put in command of Task Forces 51/59 and Expeditionary Strike Group 5 in Bahrain. In this role, he led several Marine Expeditionary Units and Amphibious Ready Groups. He also led the way with the forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB (I)-15) in the Middle East as a part of counter-terrorism and contingency response missions.

Having earned the respect of his military peers and those who are indebted to his service to his country, Lescher has been selected for several leadership roles. These include:

Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition of the Joint Staff
Budget Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Director of Fiscal Management of the United States Navy
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Capabilities and Resources Integration in the United States Navy
The Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Awards and Recognition for William Lescher

Given his impressive military career and service, Lescher has received several awards and earned many achievements. These include:

The Association of Naval Aviation’s HSL Pilot of the Year
The Naval Helicopter Association’s Regional Pilot of the Year
The Naval Air Warfare Center’s Rotary Wing Test Pilot of the Year
The Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star.
Medal of Meritorious Service with three award stars
The Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters.
The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Professional Achievements of Admiral Lescher

Through his efforts, the Navy released the Get Real, Get Better structure to help move the Navy into a new era of military presence. His insight required that all those in leadership or service transparently evaluate their performance both individually and as a collective military unit. Admiral Lescher led efforts to change the way of thinking toward self-correction with best practices and problem-solving strategies at the most basic levels. He also advocated holding individuals accountable at each level of operation for either the success or failure of the organization. His leadership encouraged the Navy to become an example of world-class performance.

In his mission to ensure transparency and accountability, Lescher has had to make difficult decisions in his role as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. In April of 2022, the Navy investigated a fuel release at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. This release came just four months after another leak at the same facility contaminated the drinking water that thousands of military families relied on. He was also there when a fire destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship, outside of San Diego.

Strong character and work ethic have been the foundation of Bill Lescher’s efforts in his military career, and his leadership approach calls for the same among his peers and those who serve under him. As the longest-serving current Naval Academy graduate, Admiral Lescher embraces the title of “The Old Goat” and strives to live up to its significance.