Captain Lott, a native of Natchez, Mississippi, is a 1991 United States Naval Academy merit graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He subsequently completed initial nuclear propulsion training in Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.
In January 1993 after submarine school in Groton, Connecticut, Captain Lott reported to USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699) in Norfolk, Virginia. The ship completed three deployments in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Oceans, earning a Meritorious Unit Commendation. In May 1996, he reported as Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Duke University and earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from North Carolina State University.
Captain Lott reported in July 1999 as Engineer Officer to USS TENNESEE (SSBN 734) (BLUE) in Kings Bay, Georgia. The ship completed six strategic deterrent patrols and earned the 2002 Submarine Squadron TWENTY Engineering Excellence "E". In April 2003 he reported as Force Radiological Controls Officer on Commander, Submarine Force Pacific Fleet staff in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In November 2003, he transferred to the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board on Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Captain Lott reported in February 2005 as Executive Officer to USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) (BLUE) in Bangor, Washington. The ship completed two strategic deterrent patrols and earned the 2005 Omaha Trophy as the top USSTRATCOM strategic asset. In July 2006, Captain Lott was assigned to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Submarine Operations Officer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii followed by assignment to Submarine Squadron ONE as the Deputy Commander for Engineering Readiness.
Captain Lott reported in June 2010 as Commanding Officer of USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) in San Diego, California. The ship completed a FIFTH FLEET deployment and earned the 2010 and 2011 Submarine Squadron ELEVEN Battle Efficiency "E" as well as the 2011 Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award as the top Pacific Fleet warfighting unit.
In October 2012, Captain Lott reported to Submarine Squadron ELEVEN as Deputy Commander for Training Readiness, with Submarine Squadron ELEVEN successfully deploying five submarines to the Western Pacific operating areas. He reported in December 2013 to the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs in Washington, DC for and served as the Director, Office for Countering Nuclear Threats.
Captain Lott has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal in addition to several other personal and unit awards.