BarMEET

An ongoing gallery introducing members of Zone A6 Legion Branches.

First edition of Meet Our Members will be our newest member, and new Zone Public Relations Officer, David Lewis.

LCdr David Lewis, MSM, CD (Ret’d)

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   LCdr David Lewis is a CAF Public Affairs Officer (PAO) who has been in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) since 2006. Joining as a Naval Reservist with HMCS Prevost in London, Ontario, he qualified and commissioned and has spent the last 10 years as a full-time Class B PAO. 

   Prior to joining the Canadian Armed Forces, he served as an infantryman in the United States Army, stationed with the 8th Infantry Division in Mainz-Wiesbaden, West-Germany. He also served with 2nd ITB at Ft. Benning, Georgia as well as a Staff Sergeant/Officer Cadet with the 49th “Lone Star” Armored Division of the Texas Army National Guard in San Angelo, Texas. 

   His work as PAO at HMCS Prevost has been recognized internationally due in part to his conception of The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial on the grounds at PVO. 

In 2011 SLt Lewis worked at Naval Reserve HQ in Quebec City where he produced over 20 individual videos for the Royal Canadian Navy Centennial Video Capsules project documenting various RCN Centennial events across Canada.  

   During the Manitoba floods in spring of 2011 SLt Lewis was the PAO for Maritime Component Command. He developed a public affairs plan and engaged proactively with local, regional and national media to ensure the contribution of Canadian reservists to Operation LUSTRE was captured and reported to Canadians. 

   In 2011-12 SLt Lewis was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation ATTENTION where he served in the position of Deputy Director of Social Media for NATO in Afghanistan (NTM-A). During his tour he constantly road with (or walked with) most of the 34 Nation coalition member convoys, documenting their efforts, gathering content and imagery, and promoting their mission back to media within their home countries. 

   SLt Lewis was promoted to Lt(N) during the summer of 2013 while serving as the Operations Officer for Basic Military Officer Qualification course at Fleet School Esquimalt in Victoria BC. 

   From March to November of 2014 and 2015 Lt(N) Lewis was the PAO for The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces with the Changing of the Guard on the east lawn of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. He was successful in promoting and featuring the Guard, and individual members, in over 100 Canadian newspapers and publications. During both years he was also the onsite PAO for the National Sentry Program (NSP) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Canadas National War Memorial. In the aftermath of the shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Lt(N) Lewis was instrumental in coordinating and controlling media interest and access to all members of the NSP. His dedication to the soldiers first and foremost, ahead of PA concerns, earned him a Commander Canadian Army Commendation from Lieutenant General Marquis Hainse. 

   Lt(N) Lewis returned to Naval Reserve HQ to head-up the re-branding of Naval Reserve Divisions as directed by Vice-Admiral Lloyd. He coordinated the social Media programs for all 24 Naval Reserve Divisions across Canada. As per his ongoing success in re-branding and his revitalized Visibility and Outreach initiative, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in spring of 2017. 

   LCdr Lewis has been married almost 40 years to his wife Sherrie. Together they have 5 children some of whom serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. He recently retired as of 1 July 2019. 

 LCdr David Lewis is a CAF Public Affairs Officer (PAO) who has been in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) since 2006. Joining as a Naval Reservist with HMCS Prevost in London, Ontario, he qualified and commissioned and has spent the last 10 years as a full-time Class B PAO. <BR>

Prior to joining the Canadian Armed Forces, he served as an infantryman in the United States Army, stationed with the 8th Infantry Division in Mainz-Wiesbaden, West-Germany. He also served with 2nd ITB at Ft. Benning, Georgia as well as a Staff Sergeant/Officer Cadet with the 49th “Lone Star” Armored Division of the Texas Army National Guard in San Angelo, Texas. <BR>

His work as PAO at HMCS Prevost has been recognized internationally due in part to his conception of The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial on the grounds at PVO. 

In 2011 SLt Lewis worked at Naval Reserve HQ in Quebec City where he produced over 20 individual videos for the Royal Canadian Navy Centennial Video Capsules project documenting various RCN Centennial events across Canada. 

During the Manitoba floods in spring of 2011 SLt Lewis was the PAO for Maritime Component Command. He developed a public affairs plan and engaged proactively with local, regional and national media to ensure the contribution of Canadian reservists to Operation LUSTRE was captured and reported to Canadians. 

In 2011-12 SLt Lewis was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation ATTENTION where he served in the position of Deputy Director of Social Media for NATO in Afghanistan (NTM-A). During his tour he constantly road with (or walked with) most of the 34 Nation coalition member convoys, documenting their efforts, gathering content and imagery, and promoting their mission back to media within their home countries. 

SLt Lewis was promoted to Lt(N) during the summer of 2013 while serving as the Operations Officer for Basic Military Officer Qualification course at Fleet School Esquimalt in Victoria BC. 

From March to November of 2014 and 2015 Lt(N) Lewis was the PAO for The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces with the Changing of the Guard on the east lawn of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. He was successful in promoting and featuring the Guard, and individual members, in over 100 Canadian newspapers and publications. During both years he was also the onsite PAO for the National Sentry Program (NSP) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Canadas National War Memorial. In the aftermath of the shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Lt(N) Lewis was instrumental in coordinating and 

controlling media interest and access to all members of the NSP. His dedication to the soldiers first and foremost, ahead of PA concerns, earned him a Commander Canadian Army Commendation from Lieutenant General Marquis Hainse. 

Lt(N) Lewis returned to Naval Reserve HQ to head-up the re-branding of Naval Reserve Divisions as directed by Vice-Admiral Lloyd. He coordinated the social Media programs for all 24 Naval Reserve Divisions across Canada. As per his ongoing success in re-branding and his revitalized Visibility and Outreach initiative, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in spring of 2017. 

LCdr Lewis has been married almost 40 years to his wife Sherrie. Together they have 5 children some of whom serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. He recently retired as of 1 July 2019.