Rear Admiral David Lewis was born at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, and commissioned in 1979 through the Navy ROTC Program at the University of Nebraska. As the SPAWAR commander, he leads a global workforce of 9,700 civilian and military personnel who design, develop and deploy advanced communications and information capabilities.
At sea, Lewis has served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his Surface Warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery of seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.
Lewis’ shore assignments include assistant chief of staff for Maintenance and Engineering, commander, Naval Surface Forces; the Navy Secretariat staff; Naval Sea Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath; and Readiness Support Group, San Diego.
Upon selection to flag rank in 2009, Lewis served as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and then served four years as program executive officer, ships, where he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships.
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Lewis’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.