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CDR Lisa M. Becoat, USN

Commanding Officer

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Commander Becoat was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Murrell Dobbins Area Vocational-Technical High School prior to enlisting in the United States Navy in November 1981.  She earned her commission through the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program and was promoted as a LDO (Law) Ensign on 1 May 1995.  CDR Becoat received her B.S. in Criminal Justice (cum laude), from Saint Leo University in June 2006.


After completing recruit training in Orlando, Florida and Yeoman "A" School, in Meridian, Mississippi she reported as Security Yeoman aboard USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in February 1982 and further assigned as Command Yeoman aboard USS Resolute (AFDM 10), both homeported in Norfolk Virginia.  Advanced to Yeoman Third Class during this tour, she was approved and converted to the Legalman rating in July 1984.


After graduation from the Legalman course at Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island, she reported to Naval Legal Service Office, Subic Bay, Philippines in April 1985, completing rotations in Court Reporting, Command Services and Claims.  In October 1986, she reported to Naval Legal Service Office Norfolk, Virginia, completing rotations in Court Reporting, Legal Assistance, Trial and Claims Departments.  During this tour she was promoted to Legalman First Class and transferred as Command Legalman to the USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36), in July 1990, where she was hand-selected to provide command assistance aboard USS Simon Lake (AS 33) in Holy Loch, Scotland.  After returning to her parent command, she completed a Mediterranean cruise, was selected for USS L. Y. Spear, COMSUBRON SIX, COMSUBGRU TWO and COMSUBLANT Sea Sailor of the Year in 1993.  She was also initiated and promoted to Legalman Chief Petty Officer in September 1993 prior to reporting to Naval Legal Service Office Norfolk, Virginia where she completed rotations as the Claims and First Lieutenant Officer.


After accepting her commission and completing Indoctrination training in June of 1995, CDR Becoat reported to Management and Plans Division (Code 63) Office of the Judge Advocate General until August 1998.  After graduation from the Lawyer Course in Newport, Rhode Island, CDR Becoat transferred to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as Legal Officer and Brig Officer until October 2000.  During that tour she completed a Mediterranean cruise and several special operational deployments.  In October 2000, she reported to Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic as the Administrative Officer and Facilities Manager until May 2004.  She then reported as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for Naval Station Norfolk and the Legal Officer for Transient Personnel Unit Norfolk, Virginia.  In September 2006, she reported to Region Legal Service Office Mid-West, Great Lakes, IL and served as the Staff Judge Advocate for Recruit Training Command Great Lakes and Command Service Department Head.  During this tour, she volunteered as an Individual Augmentee, serving as Officer-in-Charge, Magistrate Cell, Task Force 134 in Baghdad Iraq, May 2008 to November 2008.  In January 2009, she assumed the duties as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Judge Advocate General (Military Justice) and the Director, Administrative Support Division at the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, Washington DC.  Prior to reporting as Commanding Officer of NAMALA, CDR Becoat served as a Deputy Assistant to the Special Assistant for Strategic Planning (SASP) within the Office of the Judge Advocate General from August 2011 to June 2013.


Commander Becoat is Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS)-qualified and is entitled to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards); and numerous other personal and unit awards.


Commander Becoat currently resides in Virginia with her son Trumaine.