Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, Commander Joint Forces NATO Norfolk/Commander, Second Fleet

Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis

Commander Joint Forces NATO Norfolk/Commander, Second Fleet

Andrew Lloyd Lewis was born in 1963 in Los Altos, California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is a Naval Aviator. He also holds a master’s degree in military history from the University of Alabama and has completed many other courses and educational opportunities provided by the military.

During his career, he has served in various roles including commanding Carrier Strike Group 12, the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Carrier Air Wing Three, Strike Fighter Squadron 106, Strike Fighter Squadron 15, and USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Vice Admiral Lewis has flown over 100 combat missions with over 5,300 flight hours and has served in the Gulf War, Bosnian War, War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War.

He served in the Pentagon as vice director of operations for the Joint Staff. He also served as vice director of operations and director of fleet training at Fleet Forces Command.

Admiral Lewis became Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy. He took command of the Second Fleet in August 2018. His commands have been centered on the East Coast of the U.S. and he has also assumed command of the newly created NATO Joint Force Command Norfolk, which is dual-hatted with the Second Fleet.

In the News…

A new NATO Joint Force Command has been established that will be responsible for the Atlantic and Arctic regions. Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis has been named commander and he recently attended a celebratory ceremony aboard the amphibious warship USS Kearsarge.

Vice Admiral Lewis is the commander of the Second Fleet and the new command JFC Norfolk, both of which were stood up in recent years in response to increased Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic Ocean, increased military and commercial traffic in the Arctic, and other factors that have generated a renewed interest in securing the seaways between Europe and the U.S.

The vice admiral said that because NATO doesn’t have its own military, the alliance relies on members to make the right investments in their respective war-fighting capabilities. But, he said, an organization like JFC Norfolk can help by tying together those varying capabilities, creating a common operating picture for NATO leaders, and ensuring a structure is in place for allied militaries to rapidly deploy together in response to a crisis.


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