Rear Admiral Matthew Carter assumed duties as deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in July 2017.
Carter graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1985. After initial P-3 flight training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 31, Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-19 (Moffett Field) for his first operational tour. Follow-on operational tours included assistant navigator, USS Saratoga (CV 60); department head, VP-5, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida; executive officer and commanding officer, VP-26, Naval Air Station 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), Naval Air Station Jacksonville; VP Assignments and Sea Assignments detailer, Bureau of Naval Personnel; operations officer, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5, Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine; 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, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
As a flag officer, his tours include commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th Fleet/7th Fleet/Fleet Air Forward, Naval Air Facility 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’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.