Mass Communication Specialist First Class Gary Prill/U.S. Navy
Vice Admiral Andrew “Woody” Lewis, center, departs through the U.S. Navy’s ceremonial red carpet bullets and sideboys after recently assuming command of the U.S. Second Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.
Unlike other students in his class, Andrew “Woody” Lewis did not participate in the Oath of Office ceremony held during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy. Instead, he was talking to his mother on the phone with the intention of quitting. She convinced him to stay, and the Los Altos native took the oath alone.
Thirty-three years later, Lewis is a vice admiral. In August, he was promoted to commander of the U.S. Second Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The command is responsible for naval forces that deploy from the East Coast to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. He credits the Navy’s team mentality for motivating him to continue serving.