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 Carlos Mata (USMC, Ret.)

Marine Instructor (“MI”)

MCJROTC – Orange High School (2020 – Present)

MSgt Mata grew up in French Camp, California and graduated from East Union High School in June of 1995. He reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego in October of 1995 and completed Marine Combat Training thereafter.

MSgt Mata reported to Fort Lee, Virginia during February of 1996, completed the training to become a Food Service Specialist, and checked into the 9th Communication Battalion at Camp Pendleton. He was subsequently transferred to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance (1st LAR) to serve as a food specialist.

Upon his promotion to Corporal during 1998, MSgt Mata was transferred to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO). He was selected for Airborne School at Fort Benning and earned his Gold Jump Wings by participating in both day and night jumps from UH1 Huey helicopters, CH-46 Sea Night Helicopters, and C-130 Hercules aircraft.

Upon his promotion to Sergeant in 1999, MSgt Mata was transferred to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force before joining Bravo Company of the 1st LAR and deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC).

In May of 2000, MSgt Mata reported to Drill Instructor’s School at MCRD, San Diego and joined Lima Company, 3rd Battalion upon completion of his training. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant during 2002, and transferred to Special Training Company where he worked with the Basic Marine Platoon, Marine Rehabilitation Platoon, and the Physical Conditioning Platoon while serving as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Platoon Sergeant.

MSgt Mata deployed to Okinawa, Japan during October of 2004 and assumed the billets of Assistant Mess Hall Manager and Mess Hall Manager at Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma.

Returning to Camp Pendleton in December of 2005, MSgt Mata deployed to Al Province, Fallujah, Iraq shortly thereafter and served as the Assistant Contracting Officer’s Representative for six months. He then transferred to Al Ramadi, Camp Blue Diamond and served as the Combat Operations Center Chief for the 7th Military Transitioning Team.

MSgt Mata returned to Camp Pendleton during February of 2007 and became the 1 MHG Field Mess Chief and the 1 MEF Substance Abuse Control Officer. He reported to Officer Candidates School in Quantico five months later and assumed the billets of Sergeant Instructor and Platoon Sergeant. Upon his promotion to Gunnery Sergeant in 2008, MSgt Mata was given the responsibility of serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant and acting First Sergeant. He completed his tour by serving as an evaluator and curriculum developer.

MSgt Mata first reported to Marine Wing Support Group – 37 at Miramar, California during 2011 before he joined Marine Aircraft Group 16 where he served as Food Services Chief, Logistics Chief, and Unit Victim Advocate. Selected for promotion to Master Sergeant in December of 2013, MSgt Mata became the Regimental Food Service Chief for 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton.

Deploying to Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan during June of 2015, MSgt Mata joined Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 and served as the Food Services Chief and Logistics Chief. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps during March of 2017.

Personal decorations include:

  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4)
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (6)
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Certificate of Commendation (4)
  • Meritorious Mast (2)
  • Letter Of Appreciation (16)
  • Certificate Of Appreciation (3)

Service awards include:

  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • National Defense Service Medal (2)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3)
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War On Terrorism Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4)
  • Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon (2)