Matthew "Trash" Thrasher
United States Navy
CDR Thrasher, a native of Kansas, graduated from Emporia State University in 1994 with a degree in Business. He was winged in Meridian, MS in 1998, and ordered to the VFA-106 “Gladiators” at NAS Cecil Field, FL to train in the F/A-18C. He subsequently reported to the VFA-34 “Blue Blasters” in May of 1999 and deployed twice with CVW-17 in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, DELIBERATE FORGE, and ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73).
In March 2003, CDR Thrasher attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) with follow-on to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center as a TOPGUN Instructor.
In March 2006, he joined the VFA-27 “Royal Maces” as a department head, deploying with CVW-5 in Atsugi, Japan. He completed multiple deployments aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of various international exercises.
In November 2009, CDR Thrasher graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI receiving a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. While in Newport, he was selected as a member of the Halsey Alfa Advanced Research Program.
In January 2010, he reported to the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) in Offutt AFB, NE, where he was assigned as Executive Officer to the Director of Operations and Branch Chief within the Special Projects Division.
In May 2013, CDR Thrasher reported as Executive Officer of VFA-105 with more than 2,700 flight hours and over 700 arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards).