Commander Matthew Riethmiller reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE as the Commanding Officer in May 2015.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Cmdr. Riethmiller began his naval career in 1996 as the Assistant Public Works Officer (APWO) at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.
In late 1998, he was assigned as a Project Engineer for Resident Officer-in-Charge of Construction Northern Italy, executing $80M in new construction at NATO�s Aviano Air Base, and constructed the Combined Allied Air Operations Center in support of Operation Allied Force in former Yugoslavia.
Assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 in 2001, he served concurrently as Air Detachment Officer in Charge and Charlie Company Commander for deployments to Europe and Asia. In July 2003, he was selected as Aide for Commander, First Naval Construction Division (1 NCD) during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II. Following graduate school, he served as Assistant Public Works Officer for Norfolk Naval Station, Va., directing over $1B in public works services, and was named the 2006 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Mid-Atlantic, Engineer of the Year.
In 2007 he was assigned as Operations Officer (S3) for the pre-commission Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, deploying in 2009 in support of five Combatant Commanders to Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In August 2009, he transitioned to the Chief of Naval Operations� staff as Energy Action Officer in the Shore Readiness Division (OPNAV N46), programming over $4B in facility energy improvements for Navy installations as part of the Presidential budget submissions PB-11, 12, and 13. In 2011, he was assigned as Assistant Operations Officer and Integrated Product Team Blue Lead for NAVFAC Washington, managing $1.4B in construction and design projects. In 2013, he was assigned as Public Works Officer for Naval Base Coronado Complex managing 2,900 facilities with a plant value of $6.8 Billion.
Cmdr. Riethmiller holds a Bachelor�s degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University and a Master�s degree in Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University. He is a Seabee Combat Warfare qualified Officer, a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina, and a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Professional Community (APC). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards, one with valor), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit and campaign medals.