Meet the Crew

CDR Matthew Lewis

Commanding Officer

A native of Hillsboro, Oregon, Commander Matthew Lewis graduated from Brown University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After receiving his commission, he completed Nuclear Power training in Charleston, South Carolina and Submarine Basic training in Groton, Connecticut, before reporting to USS SANTA FE (SSN 763). While assigned, the ship completed a Selected Restricted Availability and one six-month Western Pacific deployment.

Commander Lewis completed his department head tour assigned to USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717), serving as the Engineer Officer. During his tour, the ship completed an arduous Engineered Refueling Overhaul. On his last sea tour, he served as the Executive Officer aboard USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723), where he completed numerous deployment cycles from the homeport of Guam.

After his first sea tour, Commander Lewis served on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in Operational Support. On his second shore duty, he served as Squadron Engineer for Submarine Squadron THREE. During his most recent shore duty, he was assigned to Research and Development Support Activity and subsequently attended the Eisenhower School, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.

LCDR Jonathan R. Baugh

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander Baugh was raised in Fairfax Virginia. He enlisted in the Navy in 1998 and was a member of the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard until he received a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship in the summer of 2001. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Following completion of nuclear power and basic submarine training, he reported to USS MICHIGAN (SSGN 727 Blue). During this tour, he served as Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant, Quality Assurance Officer and the Assistant Weapons Officer. He brought the USS MICHIGAN out of the shipyard and conducted two Western Pacific Deployments.

Following his tour on USS MICHIGAN, LCDR Baugh served until July 2011 as the Maritime Watch Officer at US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While at USNORTHCOM, he completed his Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and was certified in Phase One of Joint Professional Military Education (JPME).

Upon completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course, LCDR Baugh reported to USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735 GOLD), where he served as Navigation and Operations Officer from March 2012 to October 2014. During this tour, USS PENNSYLVANIA finished an ERO and returned to Strategic Deterrence Patrols. LCDR Baugh completed 4 Patrols prior to transferring in the fall of 2014 to Stuttgart, Germany where he was stationed as a Joint Operations Planner in the West African Future Operations division.

LCDR Baugh reported for duty as Executive Officer of USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) in June 2017.

LCDR Baugh’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service  Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with three gold stars).

LCDR Baugh resides in Aiea, HI. He has been married for 18 years to his lovely wife, Leah Baugh and has 4 wonderful children: Taylor (14), Jessica (12), Hannah (10), and Bryce (6).

STSCM(SS) Geoff Walker

Chief of the Boat

Master Chief Walker was raised in Simi Valley, CA and joined the Navy in January of 2000. Upon completion of Recruit Training, Basic Enlisted Submarine School, and Sonar Technician “A” School, he reported to his first submarine, the USS PHILADELPHIA (SSN-690), homeported in Groton, CT. While onboard USS PHILAELPHIA, he completed two CENTCOM Deployments, was Command Advanced to Second Class Petty Officer and Qualified Sonar Supervisor.

Upon completion of his first sea tour in 2004, Petty Officer Walker reported to Deep Submergence Unit, Unmanned Vehicle Detachment in San Diego, CA. While at UMV, he participated in numerous deep-ocean salvage and recovery missions as a pilot for the Navy’s SCORPIO Remotely Operated Vehicle.
In 2006, Petty Officer Walker transferred to Naval Submarine School and attended Sonar Technician “C” school prior to reporting to USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN-761), homeported in Groton, CT. While onboard, he completed two CENTCOM deployments, served as First Lieutenant and Sonar Leading Petty Officer, and was selected as the Runner-up COMSUBLANT Sailor of the Year, prior to being selected for Chief Petty Officer in 2011.

In January of 2012, Chief Walker reported to USS Hampton (SSN-767), homeported in San Diego, CA. While onboard he completed one Western Pacific deployment and one ICEX prior to being advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2014.

In 2014, Senior Chief Walker reported to the staff of Submarine Squadron ELEVEN, in San Diego, CA. While attached to the staff, he served he served as the Assistant Officer in Charge of Performance Monitoring Team San Diego and qualified Chief of the Boat.

Senior Chief Walker reported to USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN-777) as Chief of the Boat in November 2017. He was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2018. Master Chief Walker is a graduate of the US Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, Command Master Chief course, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Excelsior College. He is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three stars), and various other unit and personal citations.

Master Chief Walker is married to the former Ms. Amanda Cook of Uncasville, CT. They have four children: Mara (8), Arya (5), Lochlan (3), and Leia (1). They are expecting their fifth child in April of 2019.

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