Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Matthew J. Carter

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific

Rear Admiral Matthew J. Carter


Rear Adm. Matthew Carter graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1985. After initial P-3 flight training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 31, Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-19 (Moffett Field) for his first operational tour. Follow-on operational tours included serving as assistant navigator, USS Saratoga (CV 60); a department head tour in VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida; as executive officer and commanding officer of VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine; as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii; and as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th Fleet/7th Fleet/Fleet Air Forward.

Carter’s shore tours included an instructor pilot tour at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville; VP Assignments and Sea Assignments detailer, Bureau of Naval Personnel; operations officer, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5; the Naval War College where he earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies; Joint Staff, J-3, deputy director for Regional Operations; OPNAV N3, Global Force Management Office; Joint Forces Staff College; and executive officer to the Commander, United States Transportation Command.

Carter reported to Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific, headquartered in Norfolk Aug. 2013.


Updated: 1 December 2014