Meet IVMF’s #HometownHero
, Major Charlie Lewis.
Lewis is an assistant professor and the Executive Officer of the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer after graduating from West Point in 2004.
“I learned quickly that what makes West Point great are the people, which is why I wanted to come back and teach,” he said.
Lewis served in a variety of positions with 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, including Fire Support Officer and Company Commander. He was with the Leader Rakkasans in Bayji, Iraq as a Fire Support Officer in 2005.
“The variety of missions not only made life interesting, but it also provide intellectual challenges that required me to rely on my West Point education and those around me,” Lewis said.
Lewis then moved to the Red Knight Rakkasans to serve as a Battery Executive Officer at Fort Campbell and in Lutifiyah, Iraq in 2006.
“Living amongst the Iraqi population made you feel more vested in the success of the country,” he said.
In 2008, Lewis took command of the Red Knights' Forward Support Company in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. There, he focused on a Military Transition Team with Iraqi forces and providing support to 900 personnel and two patrol bases on a Forward Operating Base.
Lewis attended the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, earning his Master in Public Policy. In 2012, Charlie arrived back at West Point to teach American Politics.
“This opportunity, from interacting with students at Harvard to teaching future leaders in the Army, is a privilege,” said Lewis.
Lewis holds a Bronze Star (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal, a Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Pathfinder badge, Airborne wings, Air Assault wings and the Combat Diver badge.
Lewis is married Marie Lewis, also a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.