Los Altos native Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis retired from the U.S. Navy Oct. 1.

His naval career spanned 36 years. He first reported to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was commissioned an ensign in 1985 and retired after four years as vice admiral – the second-highest officer rank in the U.S. Navy.

A change of command ceremony honored Lewis’ service Aug. 20, with friends and family in attendance, onboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

His last assignment was re-establishing a U.S. Navy fleet and establishing a NATO Command.

“It was the military equivalent of establishing two startup companies,” Lewis said, “responsible for maritime security in the Atlantic and into the Arctic.”

With houses in Virginia Beach and Florida, Lewis said he and his wife, Mary, will most likely relocate.

“We have moved 30 times since we have been married, so we are always looking for another adventure,” said Lewis, a Homestead High School alumnus.

Retirement plans include spending time with Mary and their four children and two grandchildren. Work of some kind is also on the agenda, though he said he’s in no rush for that.

For more information on Lewis, read the profile of him in the Oct. 17, 2018, Town Crier at tinyurl.com/ViceAdmiralLewis.