Marine Instructors

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Andrew Lewke (Ret)

Senior Marine Instructor (“SMI”)

MCJROTC – Orange High School (2019 – Present)

LtCol Lewke grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm.  He enrolled in the University of Wisconsin during the fall of 1976 and became a member of the school’s Naval ROTC Program.  LtCol Lewke transferred to the Marine Corps PLC Law Program during 1977 and completed the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia during the summers of 1977 and 1978.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in December of 1979 (with Distinction), was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps during April of 1980, and enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Law School during the fall of 1980.  LtCol Lewke graduated from law school and was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Federal Court for the Western District of Wisconsin during the summer of 1983. He subsequently completed the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island and graduated from the Marine Corps’ Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.

LtCol Lewke reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina during the fall of 1984 and served as a defense counsel and trial counsel.  Selected to serve as the Marine Corps’ only judge advocate at Naval Legal Service Office, Naples, Italy during 1986, he served as a defense counsel, claims officer, and foreign criminal jurisdiction officer.  LtCol Lewke enrolled in the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia during the summer of 1989.

He reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina during the summer of 1990 and spent one year working as Chief Defense Counsel before he transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina to serve as the Chief Trial Counsel for two years.

LtCol Lewke enrolled in the Army’s Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, Virginia during 1993 and earned a LL.M Degree.  He reported to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, California during the summer of 1994 and served as the Staff Judge Advocate until 1998.

LtCol Lewke became the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton during 1998. During the summer of 2001, he transferred to the Marine Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California and became the Staff Judge Advocate.  LtCol Lewke retired from active duty on 1 Oct 03 and assumed the billet of Senior Marine Instructor at Desert Hot Springs High School in the Palm Springs Unified School District. Desert Hot Springs was designated as a Naval Honor School by Headquarters Marine Corps during this period. He subsequently became the Senior Marine Instructor for Orange High School in the Orange Unified School District on 1 July 2019.

LtCol Lewke’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award), the Navy Achievement Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award) the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Ribbon.

LtCol Lewke is married to the former Josephine Nealon of Sale, Cheshire, England.  They have three adult daughters and currently reside in San Clemente, California.

Master Sergeant Ed Aguilar (USMC, Ret.)

Marine Instructor (“MI”)

MCJROTC – Orange High School (1998 – Present)

Following completion of recruit training, San Diego, California, in December 1971, I received orders to Infantry Training Regiment (ITR), Camp Pendleton California for infantry training. Upon completion of ITR, I was then ordered to report to Battalion Infantry Training School (BITS) for MOS training and was designated a machine gunner/0331 MOS. I then received orders to report to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for duty, where I volunteered to go to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for six months. After departing Cuba, I was then assigned to Headquarters Battalion 2/8 Military Police Company, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and was honorably discharged after my two year enlistment.

I reentered the Marine Corps in December 1976, and served two years with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. During this period I was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal in July 1977 and Corporal in May 1978. Changed career fields into aviation field in December 1978. Following completion of the Basic Helicopter Course, Millington Tennessee, in April 1979, I then reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, California, and was designated a T-64GE-413 engine mechanic/6123 MOS for CH-53A/D helicopters.

From June 1979 until October 1982, I was assigned to HMH-363 Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, California, and went on two deployments to Okinawa with the squadron. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant October 1980. From October 1982 until December 1983, I was assigned to HMT-301, and then received orders to recruiters school, San Diego, California. After graduating recruiter school, I was assigned to Recruiting Station Los Angeles, California from March 1984 until July 1990.

I was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in April 1984 and meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in April 1987.

In September 1990, I was assigned to MALS-16, MAG-16, Tustin, California, and deployed to Okinawa with HMH-6 UDP for seven months in 1991. Upon returning to CONUS in May 1992, I was assigned to MALS-16. I returned to HMH-363 from September 1992 until December 1992. I returned to recruiting duty with Recruiting Station San Diego, California beginning January 1993, was promoted to Master Sergeant May 1995, and retired May 1997.

Personal decorations include:

  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 5 stars
  • Certificate of Commendation (2)
  • Meritorious Mast (16)
  • Letter of Appreciation (2)

Service awards include:

  • National Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze star
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 2 bronze stars
  • Recruiter Ribbon w/2 stars
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Meritorious Unit Citation w/3 stars