Auburn native gets Navy promotion


Tracy Marie Lewis was commissioned as an ensign in the Medical Service Corps of the Navy on Feb. 15. She was promoted through the Navy’s Medical Service Corps inservice procurement program to become a health care administrator.

A native of Auburn and 1998 graduate of Edward Little High School, Lewis attended Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., for a year and a half before transferring to the University of Southern Maine to complete her sophomore year.

She enlisted in the Navy in May 2000. Lewis completed basic training in July 2000 and went on to attend Basic Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Ill. In 2001 she completed Surgical Technologist “C” School in Portsmouth, Va. Lewis earned her bachelor of science in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is completing her master’s degree in healthcare administration through the Army-Baylor Program at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

Before her selection for the Medical Service Corps, Lewis was assigned as the repair parts petty officer/supply petty officer and surgical technologist onboard the USS Carl Vinson.

In 2001 she reported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where she started as a surgical technologist in the main operating room. During the summer of 2002 she deployed to the Baltic region on the USNS Comfort to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. It was during this deployment that she was meritoriously promoted under the Command Advancement Program to second class petty officer.

After her return to medical center, Lewis served as the senior surgical technologist on the cardiothoracic surgical team until May 2005 when she took over as the command’s medevac coordinator and assistant leading petty officer of the Beneficiary Access and Support Division in the Patient Administration Department. Lewis’ personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) Navy Good Conduct Metal (two awards) and other unit and campaign awards.

Lewis is the daughter of Richard and Patricia Lewis of Sabattus and the granddaughter of Julie Bannister of Auburn and the late Adrien “Ben” Bannister.