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Commanding Officer HSM 71

CDR Matthew J. Kiser


Commanding Officer


Commander Matthew Kiser of Bedford, Texas graduated from Texas A&M University and was commissioned an Ensign in August 2000.  He reported for flight training in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2002.
In October 2002 he reported to the HSL-46 “Grandmasters” at Naval Station Mayport.  There he completed two deployments, both on the USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) to the Eastern Atlantic and Eastern Mediterranean as part of Standing NATO Force Atlantic (SNFL) and Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) ONE, serving first as Detachment Operations and then Detachment Maintenance Officer.
In March 2006, he checked in with the VX-1 “Pioneers” flying both the MH-60R and MH-60S and ultimately serving as Operational Test Director for MH-60R Pre-Planned Product Improvement (P3I) upgrades.
In February 2009, he was assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group TWO.  He worked in various roles in the N3 and N7 divisions, as well as a Flag   Speechwriter during his tenure.
In June 2011, he reported to the HSL-51 “Warlords” at NAF Atsugi, Japan.  He served as Detachment THREE Officer-In-Charge aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and Detachment SIX Officer-In-Charge aboard USS MUSTIN (DDG 89).  He completed his tour as the Squadron Maintenance Officer and was named the 2013 Officer of the Year.
Commander Kiser was assigned to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium in November 2013 where he worked with the U.S. Delegation to the Military Committee as the USEUCOM J6 C4/Cyber Liaison Officer to NATO HQ.
He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a Master of Business Administration degree.