Captain Pantling graduated from the University of Florida in 1993, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Naval Commission. After completing the Navy’s nuclear submarine training pipeline, he reported to the Pre-Commissioning Unit MAINE (SSBN 741) in Groton, CT where he served in various Division Officer positions. After the ship’s commissioning and three strategic deterrent patrols, he detached in July 1997 and reported to Naval Postgraduate School, where he received Master’s degrees in Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering.
Following an associate fellowship at the CNO Strategic Studies Group in Newport, RI, CAPT Pantling completed the Submarine Officer Advanced Course and reported aboard USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN 736) BLUE in January 2001 as Engineer Officer, completing five strategic deterrent patrols.
In March 2004, he reported to Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, NY as the Plant Performance Evaluation Activity Senior Evaluation Officer.
In December 2005, following a lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer community and assignment to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he served as Ship Safety Officer and Assistant Project Superintendent for the USS HARTFORD (SSN 768) Depot Modernization Period, Deputy Project Superintendent for the USS MEMPHIS (SSN 691) Pre-inactivation Restricted availability, Crane Maintenance Superintendent, Docking Officer and Off-yard Operations Officer.
From September 2009 to December 2011 CAPT Pantling was assigned as the Pacific Fleet Maintenance Requirements Officer (Code N431). Following his tour at COMPACFLT, he served as the Repair Officer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF, responsible for providing the short-term maintenance needs of 18 home-ported submarines and distance support for submarines assigned in the Pacific AOR.
From September 2014 to September 2015, he served on the staff of the Commander, Submarine Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet as the Maintenance, Modernization and Improvements Officer.
From October 2015 to May 2018 CAPT Pantling was stationed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he completed assignments as Information Technology & Cybersecurity, Operations and Business and Strategic Planning Officer.
Presently, CAPT Pantling is assigned as the Commanding Officer of Submarine Maintenance Engineering Planning and Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity – where the mission is to keep all Submarines safe, reliable and affordable to achieve planned service life through engineered life cycle maintenance, material and modernization products and services.