Command Master Chief
CMDCM (AW/IW/SW) Robert A. Lewis
Command Master Chief Robert Lewis is a native of Sacramento, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 2000, and attended Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of boot camp, he attended Aviation Electronics Technician Intermediate level “A” and “C” schools in Pensacola, Florida and San Diego, California.
In March 2001, he reported to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, Detachment, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) in Lemoore, California where he served as a Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) technician. He completed one deployment onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and two deployments onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
In August 2008, he reported to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit North Island as a consolidated automated support system instructor. While there, he was selected as an individual augmentee, and in 2010, deployed to Taji and Diwaniya, Iraq to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and act as the liaison officer to Special Operations Task Force Central for Scan Eagle operations in the region. Upon his return, he earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) qualification, was advanced to the rank of chief petty officer on September 16, 2011, and served as the MTS coordinator for the duration of his tour.
In November 2012 he brought his family to Yokosuka, Japan and reported to USS George Washington (CVN 73) where he served as avionics leading chief petty officer (LCPO) for various work centers, AIMD ordnance LCPO, production control LCPO and was advanced to senior chief petty officer in 2015.
In 2015, he took part in the tri-carrier hull-swap and spent the rest of his tour on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the production control LCPO. In December 2016, he transferred to the “Shadowhawks” of Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 141 as the quality assurance supervisor and in 2018, was selected for the command senior chief program. In April 2019, he reported to Naval Computer Telecommunication Station Sicily, Italy, where he earned his enlisted information warfare specialist qualification, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, and was advanced to command master chief.
He now proudly serves as the command master chief for HSM-79, the “Griffins”.
He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course class 66 and CMC/COB class 19080. His personal decorations include the Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.