Distinguished Member of the Corps



Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Lanphere


Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Lanphere was born 18 April 1954 in Patterson, California and entered the U.S. Army in 1978. He worked extensively with the State Department, Arms Control Disarmament Agency, National Security Council and Office of the Secretary of Defense on the development of the U.S. Government’s position on treaties and agreements. Other areas of expertise included Chemical Weapons Demilitarization, previous efforts to dispose of Chemical Weapons, Chemical Weapons non-stockpile, INSCOM Inspections in Iraq and Annual CB Intelligence Reports to Congress.


As Nonproliferation Staff Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC, Lieutenant Colonel Lanphere worked at length with Congress and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on chemical and biological issues relating to national security and was responsible for reviewing and writing joint publications concerned with NBC defense and updating CJCS NBC Defense publications. Finally, he served as the Director of the Joint Service Integration Group Executive Office at Fort McClellan, Alabama; here he was responsible for coordinating and integrating the NBC Defense Program.


Lieutenant Colonel Lanphere’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, President’s National Volunteer Award Nominee and Order of the Dragon.


Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Lanphere is Senior Analyst/Program Manager for OptiMetrics. As President of the Anniston, AL Chapter of the Chemical Corps Regimental Association, he continues to serve the Corps.