Previous assignments at sea have included tours as Engineering Officer aboard USS VITAL (MSO 474), and a split department head tour — first as Chief Engineer on the USS MYLES C. FOX (DD 829) from September 1976 to October 1978, and then as First Lieutenant on the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) from December 1978 to December 1980. He then served as Executive Officer on the USS HARLAN COUNTY (LST 1196) from October 1981 until May 1983. Following his service as Plankowner and Executive Officer of USS Shenandoah (AD 44), Commander Lines then served as Commanding Officer on the USS Cimarron (AO 177) from 7 August 1985 until 18 December 1987.
Ashore, he served in Danang, Vietnam from July 1971 until April 1972 as Production Advisor at Naval Support Facility, Danang. From May 1972 to September 1975, CDR Lines taught college as a Naval Science instructor at the University of South Carolina while earning a Master’s Degree (MBA). After four months of being assigned to DESTROYER SQUADRON 28, NRF Newport, he attended Department Head School from January to June, 1976. He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia in June 1981.
Commander Lines is authorized to wear the following medals and awards:
Navy Commendation Medal;
Navy Achievement Medal;
Navy Unit Commendation Medal;
Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal;
Republic of Vietnam Navy Staff Service Medal First Class;
Navy “E” Ribbon (2 devices);
Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal;
National Defense Ribbon;
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 star;
Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze stars;
Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal with Palm; and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.