Colonel Frederick Lance Lewis, Jr.
Assistant Vice Chief of Naval Research
Col Lewis was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1996, designated a naval aviator in 1999 and selected to fly the FA-18. Col Lewis has extensive operational and tactical experience in the FA-18, to include two CVN and two land based deployments, all in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan in operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. He also served in 1st Battalion 2nd Marines as a Forward Air Controller in combat operations in Iraq. As a Lieutenant Colonel he commanded the 850 Marines and Sailors of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Iwakuni. During his command he led the squadron’s humanitarian relief efforts on operation DAMAYAN in the Philippines. He recently commanded Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni where he increased operational effectiveness, naval integration, allied cooperation and led the 13,500 people aboard the installation through the COVID-19 global pandemic. MCAS Iwakuni earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation under his command.
His staff assignments include Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Marine Aviation and Weapons Tactics Squadron One; MATSS Training Officer, MAG-31; Chief of Joint Fires, USCENTCOM, J35; Lead US Planner, J5 Middle East, Permanent Joint Headquarters, United Kingdom; as well as various squadron billets in operations, aviation maintenance, aviation safety, and pilot training. He is a school trained Weapons and Tactics Instructor.
Col Lewis graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996, with a major in American History. He was awarded a Masters of Arts in National Security Studies (with distinction) from the Naval War College and a Masters of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Col Lewis has flown over 3,900 total mishap free flight hours with over 2,800 in the FA-18A-D, and over 400 hours in combat. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Air Medal-Air Heroic (with star and Combat V), the Air Medal-Strike Flight (with numeral eight), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star and Combat V), and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star and Combat V), the Combat Action Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Japanese Defense Cooperation Award.