Mr. Lancer Gilliam was born on 29 June, 1970 in Flint, Michigan. He is a 1988 graduate of Swartz Creek High School, Swartz Creek, Michigan and he holds 2 Community College of the Air Force degrees. One in Electronic Systems Technology and the other as an Instructor of Military Science and Technology.
Mr. Gilliam Joined the United States Air Force on 12 October, 1988 when he attended basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. After completing Basic Military Training, he attended four months of technical training for Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) Mechanic at Chanute AFB, Illinois. As an AGE Mechanic Sergeant Gilliam served at Clark AB, Philippines from 1989 – 1991 and Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan from 1991-1992. Due to career field saturation Mr. Gilliam was forced to cross-train where he selected Ground Radio Maintenance and he proceeded to Keesler AFB, Mississippi for six months of technical training for his new career choice. Mr. Gilliam’s first assignment in the Ground Radio career field was at K. I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan where he served from 1992 until it closed in 1995. After closing down K. I. Sawyer AFB, sergeant Gilliam was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Washington where he worked in the fixed radio shop. After a year of working on fixed radios he transferred over to the Mobile Communications section. He later worked in the Maintenance Support and Land Mobile Radio sections. In 2005 Mr. Gilliam was assigned to Moody AFB, Georgia where he did a 4 year tour with the 820th Security Forces Group. Finally in 2009 Mr. Gilliam arrived at Keesler AFB, Mississippi for his final assignment where he served as an Instructor Supervisor and Flight Chief of the Radio Frequency Transmissions Flight in the 338th Training Squadron.
Mr. Gilliam is the recipient of two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, four Air Force Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, eight Air Force Good Conduct Medals, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He has also received numerous quarterly awards and letters of appreciation.
Mr. Gilliam is married to the former Melissa Jean Osantowski of Cass City Michigan. They currently reside in Marquette, Michigan and have two children: Alexander and Melanie.