A native of Spanish Fork, Utah, Capt. Brett Lassen was commissioned in 1996 via the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. After graduation, Lassen reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, for initial flight training in July 1996. Having completed intermediate and advanced strike training with Training Squadron 21, Lassen was designated a naval aviator in June of 1998.
Upon completion of F/A-18 training with the "Rough Raiders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, he joined VFA-25, the "Fist of the Fleet," at NAS Lemoore, California. He deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) flying combat sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch.
In June 2002, Lassen returned to VFA-125, as an instructor pilot. Lassen was selected as a West Coast F/A-18 Hornet demonstration pilot. He earned an Executive Master's in Business Administration degree from the Navy Post Graduate School, and was named the 2004 VFA-125 Instructor Pilot of the Year.
In February 2005, Lassen joined Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 as the air wing landing signal officer (LSO). During his tenure with CVW-9 he made an around-the-world deployment aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2006 Lassen reported to Commander, Naval Air Forces in San Diego to serve as the Naval Air Forces LSO.
Lassen returned to Lemoore in November 2007 for his department head tour where he was assigned to the "Vigilantes" of VFA-151. He deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
In June 2010, Lassen reported to Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, where he served in the Joint Assessment Branch as a staff officer responsible for assessing NATO operations in the Balkans.
Selected for command, Lassen reported to VFA-192 in May 2013 as the executive officer. On Aug. 7, 2014, he became the 54th commanding officer of VFA-192, "The World Famous Golden Dragons."
Following his command tour, Lassen returned to Europe and was assigned to Commander, Naval Forces Europe-Africa in November 2015 as the director of the Commander's Action Group.
Lassen assumed command of Training Air Wing 2 at NAS Kingsville, Texas, June 21, 2019.
Lassen's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.