Executive Secretary, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Captain Ollie Lewis, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduated with distinction from Boston University in 1991 with a degree in Mathematics and was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. During his career, he also earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University of America, completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI, and has been designated as a Joint Qualified Officer.
Captain Lewis was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Department of Defense by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan on May 22, 2019.
Prior to his appointment as the Executive Secretary, CAPT Lewis served on multiple sea duty assignments to include serving onboard USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765) for her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, as the Engineer Officer onboard USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) for two deployments spanning the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf, and as Executive Officer onboard USS NEWPORT NEWS (SSN 750) for a CENTCOM deployment. He commanded the USS SAN JUAN (SSN 751) and deployed in direct support of Special Operations tasking for AFRICOM, earning a Meritorious Unit Commendation. SAN JUAN was selected as the COMSUBDEVRON TWELVE Battle Efficiency "E" award winner for 2009 and following deployment completed an Engineered Overhaul (EOH) in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard early.
His additional assignments include serving on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (N12) as a manpower programmer, COMSUBRON EIGHT Staff as the Squadron Material Officer, on the Joint Staff (J8) providing congressional appropriations matters and again as the Program Budget Analysis (PBAD) Division Chief, onboard the Naval Submarine School Staff as Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor, as the Deputy for Operations of Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE, and as the commander of Submarine Squadron TWELVE.
Captain Lewis' personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Defense Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).
Captain Lewis is married to the former Caroline Campbell, daughter of RADM and Mrs. Arlington Campbell. They are blessed with two daughters, Madeline and Katherine.