Matthew G. Humphrey, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
Commander Matthew Humphrey of Canal Winchester, Ohio, graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics in 1995. He received his commission upon completion of Officer Candidate School in 1997 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1998.
Commander Humphrey’s first fleet service was piloting the SH-60B with the "SwampFoxes" of HSL-44, where he made a deployment on USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51) conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations, and a Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployment on USS SIMPSON (FFG-56) conducting maritime interdiction operations. While serving with HSL-44, Commander Humphrey earned recognition as the Pilot of the Year for HSLWINGLANT 2001.
Commander Humphrey’s next tour of duty was as the helicopter weapons subject matter expert at Strike University and as an instructor at the Rotary Wing Weapons School with the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. Commander Humphrey followed that tour assigned to CVW 11 Staff deploying aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. During this tour, Commander Humphrey served as the ASW/ASUW Officer and represented the HSL community prior to the execution of the Helo CONOPS. He then reported to the Naval War College, Newport, RI, where he completed a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in February 2008.
For his Department Head tour, Commander Humphrey reported to the "Raptors" of HSM-71. He served as Training Officer and Detachment 1 Officer-in-Charge on USS PREBLE (DDG-88) for the first deployment of the MH-60R. He finished his tour December 2010 as the Squadron Operations Officer.
In January 2011, Commander Humphrey reported to Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS), Key West, FL as a Command Duty Officer in the J3. He ultimately earned the position of Joint Operations Center Officer in Charge leading his watch in the fight against illicit trafficking. Upon completion of this tour, Commander Humphrey earned the Joint Qualified Officer designation.
CDR Humphrey has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two) and various unit and campaign awards.