Captain Lynch is a native of Bordentown, New Jersey. He graduated from Bordentown Regional High School with the Class of 1975. He was the Class President and admitted to being an average student. He lettered in track four times, cross country three times, basketball twice, and he received the Old English B once. He attended Marine Military Academy in preparation for the United States Navy Academy. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1980 as an English Major.
After designation as a Naval Aviator in 1982, his first assignment was the NAS Oceana flying the SH-3G Search and Rescue helicopter. Following transition training with HS-1- in 1984, Captain Lynch joined the forward-deployed HS-12 WYVERNS in Atusgi, Japan, where he made several WESTPAC cruises aboard USS Midway. In 1987, he became an Instructor pilot with the Sear Horses of HS-1.
In September 1989, Captain Lynch assumed duties as Air Officer on board USS LASALLE, forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain, The following year, he deployed with HS-9 Sea Griffins aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Saratoga, serving as Maintenance Officer and Executive officer in support of Operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort and Provide Promise.
Following graduation from the Naval War College in 1994 with a masters in International Security and Strategic Studies, Captain Lynch completed an OPNV Fellowship at the Center for Naval Analyses in Washington D.C. He then reported to the OPNAV Staff where he served as Pol-Mil Analyst for the Director of the Navy Roles and Missions Working Group (N#-N5E) and Director Navy Staff (NO9B).
Captain Lynch’s following assignment to HS-15 as Commanding Officer culminated in the squadron receiving the 1998 Battle “E”, Safety “S” and Arleigh Burke Trophy. From December 1999 to July 2001, Captain Lynch served as the Executive Officer of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. His next assignment was to U.S. Special Operations Command, SOOP-RR, Readiness Remediation. On 27 March 2003, Captain Lynch assumed command of Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
During his career, Captain Lynch has accumulated 4,300 hours flying in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Air Medal (Single Action), the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and various other personal and unit awards. In addition, Captain Lynch was awarded the Legion of Merit by the President of the United States. He lives and resides with his wife, Betty Jane and his three sons in Florida.