GROTON, CT (WAFB) - Baton Rouge native Oliver Lewis stepped to the command of the U.S. Navy's Submarine Development Squadron 12 at Groton, Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 15.
He was known as "Ollie" when he graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High in 1987. Lewis' ambition to serve his country came after attending Boston University for a degree in Math.
Ollie Lewis joined the Navy 24 years ago and, standing at attention in the Submarine Force Museum over the weekend, he savored the moment.
"I am honored to be chosen to lead over 1,100 Sailors serving on eight fast-attack submarines," said Capt. Lewis. "Values that I learned from my childhood in Baton Rouge continue to serve me today. I am honored to represent Louisiana in service to our country."
Commander Lewis is now leader of eight submarines that support the Navy's fleet by developing and evaluating submarine tactics. Their focus is not just combat in war, but when subs are also leading the fleet in other scenarios. Squadron 12 then teaches what they've developed to America's naval forces.
So you could say that "Commander Oliver T. Lewis" is in charge of helping the Navy stay on the leading edge of both tactics and technological innovation.
"Every theater commander wants a submarine's presence to counter threats in their area of responsibility. Our challenge will be to prepare submarine crews to succeed under the most difficult conditions," said Lewis.