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 at 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 after flag selection, as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th Fleet/7th Fleet/Fleet Air Forward at NAF Atsugi, Japan; and Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.
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 assumed the duties as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan/ Commander, Navy Region Japan in March 2015.
Carter’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as various service and campaign awards.