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. He also attended the Naval War College where he earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies.
Follow-on operational tours included assistant navigator, USS Saratoga (CV 60); department head, VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida; executive officer and commanding officer, VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine; and commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
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, NAS Brunswick, Maine; Joint Staff, J-3, deputy director for Regional Operations; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, N3, Global Force Management Office; Joint Forces Staff College; and executive officer to the commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
As a flag officer, his tours include commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force U.S. 5th Fleet/7th Fleet/Fleet Air Forward, NAF Atsugi, Japan; commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Virginia; and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan/commander, Navy Region Japan/commander, Task Force 7 Japan, Yokosuka, Japan.
Carter assumed duties as deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in July 2017.
Carter’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various service and campaign awards.