Chief of Public Affairs

Chief of Public Affairs

Major General Ronald F. “Ron” Lewis assumed duties as The Chief of Public Affairs on 6 June 2014. In this position he is responsible for all communication issues involving the United States Army including the professional development of military and civilian Public Affairs personnel. He is charged with the formulation of communication and public affairs strategies, plans and policies, and serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army; Chief of Staff, Army and other senior Department of Defense leaders on communication matters relating to the Army.

Prior to this assignment, General Lewis was the Deputy Commanding General (Support), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, returning in February 2014 from deployment with Combined Joint Task Force 101, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.

General Lewis is an Air Cavalry officer who has commanded Soldiers at all levels up to brigade level, including the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and the 1-227th Aviation Regiment and 1-7 Cavalry (Air), 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Major General Lewis has served at the highest levels of the Department of Defense as the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Defense, as the Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as well as the Military Assistant to the Chairman of the OSD Defense Business Board. He has been an Aide-de- Camp to the Commanding General, Eighth United States Army, trained aviation and cavalry units twice at the United States Army’s National Training Center and served in several operational assignments in heavy and light units across the United States, Europe and Korea.

He is a graduate of the US Military Academy and Naval War College with a BS in Engineering Mechanics and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies.