CAPT Price Lockard enlisted in the Navy in April 1988 and served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard USS MICHIGAN (SSBN-727, Blue) at NSB Bangor after nuclear training in Orlando and Idaho Falls. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho, graduated magna cum laude in 1996, and earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1998.
Operationally, his tours include: Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) at NAS Whidbey Island; Assistant Strike Operations Officer aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) at NS Norfolk; tours with Special Projects Patrol Squadron ONE (VPU-1) at both NAS Brunswick and NAS Jacksonville. He commanded Special Projects Patrol Squadron TWO (VPU-2) at MCB Kaneohe and commanded a combined aviation task force as Commodore CTF-57 headquartered in Manama, Bahrain.
Ashore, Lockard’s assignments include: student at U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (Class 124); Test Team Lead for the Special Programs office in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River; VQ Detailer, VT Placement and Assistant Captain Detailer in PERS-43 at Millington; and the Joint Staff J35, Joint Operations Directorate at the Pentagon.
He is a graduate of U.S. Navy War College in Newport, RI where he earned a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies. As a career surveillance and reconnaissance pilot, he has accumulated more than 5700 mishap-free flight hours, completing numerous deployments in support of operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Restoring Hope and fleet objectives. He assumed command of NROTC University of Idaho and Washington State University in August 2020. CAPT Lockard and his wife, Rhonda, are the proud parents of five children.