Captain Tewell is an MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk pilot who has deployed around the world on frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. Operational highlights of his career have included the inaugural fleet deployment of the MH-60R, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Arabian Gulf, conducting international exercises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Baltic Seas, and serving as the sixth Commanding Officer of the “First and Finest” HSM-71 Raptors.
CAPT Tewell has served in a diverse series of shore assignments. Early in his career, he completed a fellowship with the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory where he conducted research on the Navy’s Trident missile guidance system. Following his first operational tour, he executed test and evaluation of the MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. Later, he conducted international policy and national strategy implementation at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Most recently, he served as the Senior Navy Advisor for Strategy and Force Development in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
CAPT Tewell was raised in New Providence, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he captained the Men’s Heavyweight Crew and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and is a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
Captain Tewell has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as other personal and unit awards.
Captain Tewell assumed the duties as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay on 03 August 2018.