Lieutenant Commander John Lehmann was awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal (NJDSM) with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service under combat conditions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

The NJDSM is awarded to any resident or former resident of the State of NJ who was a resident of this State at the time of entry into active military service or who has been a resident of this State for at least 20 years in the aggregate, honorably discharged, and served in the organized militia or in federal military service on active duty in a combat theater of operations during a time of war. Recipients whose service was recognized by the award of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, or equivalent medal receive the NJ Distinguished Service Medal with a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster.

LCDR Lehmann is the son of the late Russell Lehmann of Piscataway. He enlisted upon graduation from Piscataway High School (1983) and had a distinguished career in the US Navy Submarine Service and Naval Intelligence.

LCDR Lehmann retired from the Navy after 27 years of service and now resides in Florida.