Commander Wayne Lewis
UNITED STATES NAVY
A native of South Weymouth, Massachusets, Commander Wayne Lewis graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Following commissioning, he served as Conduct Officer on the staff of the Commandant of Midshipmen. He was designated a Naval Aviator April of 2004.
Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron training as VP-30, Jacksonville, FL, he joined the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40 in Whidbey Island, Washington in 2005. During this tour, he served as Ground Safety Officer, Legal Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot.
While assigned to VP-40, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan and participated in multiple detachments to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines in support of Joint Special Operations Command. During subsequent deployments to CENTCOM in 2006 and 2007, he executed over 90 combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, including detachment operations from Ali Air Base, Iraq. In April of 2008, he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and graduated with Class 135 in June 2009. Assigned to VX-20, he qualified as a Category “D” Test Pilot and Lead Weapons Pilot for the P-8A “Poseidon” program during initial testing. Commander Lewis co-authored the P-8A NATOPS manual and later qualified as the Navy's first P-8A NATOPS Instructor Pilot. Additionally, he served as T-2C “Buckeye” NATOPS Instructor, Formation Instructor and Out-of-Control Flight Instructor .
In June 2011, he joined USS JOHN C STENNIS, CVN-74, located in Bremerton, WA, as the Assistant Operations Officer. During this tour, he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and was selected as the 2012 “Shiphandler of the Year” by Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE. In twenty months at sea, he completed two back to back combat deployments in support of Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In November 2013, he joined the “Pelicans” of VP-45 in Jacksonville, Florida for duty as a Department Head. While assigned, his duties included Quality Assurance Officer, Safety NATOPS Officer, Task Group and Squadron Operations Officer during a seven month deployment to SEVENTH Fleet. During this time, VP-45 recorded a 99% mission completion rate, logging over 4,000 hours across 26 detachments in support of CTF-72.
In November 2015, he reported to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations for duty as the Assistant Maritime Requirements Officer, responsible for policy, requirements definition, programming and budgeting for all Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance appropriations.
Commander Lewis has logged over 2,200 hours in 24 type/model series and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. His awards include the Air Medal (strike numeral 4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of fifth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award) and various campaign and unit awards.