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Trident Training Facility Bangor
Captain John W. Fancher, USN
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Captain John Fancher, a native of Hammond, Indiana, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He served on USS Phoenix (SSN 702) from February 1993 to December 1995 completing three Atlantic Ocean deployments. He then reported as a Shift Engineer and then Operations Officer of the Modifications and Additions to a Reactor Facility (MARF) Prototype from January 1996 to March 1998.

Fancher then served as Navigator onboard USS Ohio (SSBN 726) (Gold) from September 1998 to March 2002. During his tour, the ship completed six strategic deterrent patrols and was awarded the Navigation “N” and Battle Efficiency “E” for Submarine Squadron Seventeen for 2001.

Following Ohio, Fancher reported as the Science and Technology Action Officer for the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington DC, from March 2002 to June 2004. While in DC, he attended the George Washington University and earned a Master’s of Science in Computer Science.

Fancher was the Executive Officer onboard USS Buffalo (SSN 715) from October 2004 to August 2006. During his tour, Buffalo completed the first Engineered Refueling Overhaul of a 688-class submarine in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and deployed to the Western Pacific.

His vast submarine experience was appreciated on the staff of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (Ronald Reagan Strike Group) as the Submarine Operations Officer (N36) and Plans Officer (N5) from September 2006 to December 2007 completing a surge deployment to the Western Pacific. From June 2008 until June 2010 Fancher was assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven as the Deputy Commander for Readiness.

Fancher commanded USS Minnesota (SSN 783) during initial manning, construction, sea-trials, and follow-on certifications from November 2010 until February 2014. Minnesota was the fastest delivery to date of the Virginia-class program and was the first Virginia-class submarine designated “Ready for Tasking” upon Commissioning.

Fancher was the Deputy Commander, for Task Force Six Nine homeported in Naples, Italy, from March 2014 to October 2016. There he was responsible for submarine warfare operations in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility employing the capabilities of both attack and guided missile submarines.

Fancher assumed duty as Commanding Officer of TRIDENT Training Facility (TRITRAFAC) Bangor on December 9, 2016. TRITRAFAC Bangor is responsible for operational and maintenance training for 23 Pacific Northwest submarine crews and nuclear reactor training for two aircraft carriers.


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Commander Darrell S. Lewis, USN
Executive Officer

Executive Officer

Commander Lewis is a native of Beeville, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1985 and served as an Electrician’s Mate onboard USS Grayling (SSN 646) in Charleston, South Carolina. He served as an Engineering Watch Supervisor Instructor at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, New York, before returning to college through the Enlisted Commissioning Program (Nuclear Option).

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas and completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, he received his commission in 1996.

During his junior officer tour onboard USS Miami (SSN 755); Lewis served as Reactor Controls Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, and Sonar Officer. While onboard, Miami participated in Operations Desert Fox and Noble Anvil, was awarded two Navy “E” awards and the Battenburg Cup.

He served as Navigator onboard USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) (Gold) for five deterrent patrols. While onboard, Louisiana executed a change of home port from Kings Bay, Georgia, to Bangor, Washington, prior to his last patrol.

As Executive Officer of USS Los Angeles (SSN 688), Lewis brought the ship from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to Bangor, Washington, and executed her decommissioning. His most recent sea duty was as the Submarine Operations Officer for Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eleven where he served as the Future Operations Officer.

Lewis’ shore tours include Operations Staff for Commander, Submarine Group Ten where his vision led the way to removing the seaward portion of the St Marys Approach Channel, removing what had proven to be an unnecessary navigation risk and greatly reducing the channel maintenance costs.

As the Strategic Weapon Systems Department Director at TRIDENT Training Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, he reorganized the command structure to match that of the submarines crews they trained, thus effecting more efficient interaction for the school house.

While serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for Commander, Submarine Group Nine, Lewis was instrumental in advancing the Transit Protection System in coordination with the United States Coast Guard.

In February 2016, Commander Lewis assumed his current duties as the Executive Officer, Trident Training Facility, Bangor, Washington.

As a result of the outstanding individuals and teams with which he has served, Commander Lewis is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (two awards), and various other unit and campaign citations.


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CMDCM (SS) Nicholas J. Wallace
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Nicholas Wallace, a native of Glenwood, Illinois, enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1998. He graduated basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, and then reported to Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, for Basic Enlisted Submarine School, completing initial submarine training, with follow on training at Machinist Mate "A" School.

In February of 1999, Master Chief Wallace reported for sea duty on board USS Parche (SSN 683) in Bangor, Washington. During this tour, he qualified in submarines and completed two missions vital to national security. In March of 2001, he split toured to USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (Gold) and helped complete its conversion from C4 to D5 Strategic Missile System and completed several strategic deployments.

In May of 2004, he reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, as a Recruit Division Commander. There he trained eight divisions transforming civilians into Sailors. During this tour, he completed his certification as Master Training Specialist and was also awarded the Recruit Division Commander of the Year for 2006. He was selected to Chief Petty Officer in 2007.

In October 2007, Master Chief Wallace reported to Submarine Development Squadron Five Detachment Undersea Research and Developments in Bangor, Washington. As the Leading Mission Auxiliary Chief he deployed and completed two missions vital to national security onboard USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23). He was selected for advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2010

In September of 2010, he transferred to USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Blue) as the Auxiliary Division Leading Chief. There he completed numerous SSGN deployment cycles underway periods in support of Naval Special Warfare. Upon graduating the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and Chief of the Boat/Command Master Chief course in February 2013, he reported as the Chief of the Boat onboard USS Connecticut (SSN 22). During his tour he advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.

In February of 2014, he transferred to USS Seawolf (SSN 21) as the Chief of the Boat and completed a United States European Command deployment as well as two arctic deployments and surfacing at the North Pole. While onboard, Seawolf was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Battle Efficiency “E” Award. He was selected into the Command Master Chief program in February of 2016.

In May 2016, Master Chief Wallace assumed his current duties as the Command Master Chief for TRIDENT Training Facility, Bangor, Washington.

Here he is responsible for Tactical, Navigation, Engineering and Strategic Weapons training to 23 Pacific Northwest submarine crews, two aircraft carriers, and a remote learning site for Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems.

Master Chief Wallace is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign citations.


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