Commander Matthew J. PowelCommanding Officer
Commander Matthew J. Powel was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Computer Science in 1998. After receiving his commission through Officer Candidate School CDR Powel was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer in 2001.
His first sea tour was aboard the USS CUSHING (DD 985), serving as Combat Information Center Officer as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force stationed in Yokosuka, Japan conducting post-9/11 missions deploying to CENTCOM in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. In March 2003, Powel assumed responsibilities as First Lieutenant in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), participating in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Returning to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, in Yokosuka, Japan he served as Operations Officer in USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG 85). Follow-on orders as Operations Officer in USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) included participation as the U.S. Navy Ballistic Missile Defense test ship and a deployment to the PACOM AOR.
Shore assignments include duty in OPNAV N3 at the Pentagon as a current operations briefer for the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of the Navy. Additionally CDR Powel served as the Plans, Policy and Capabilities Division Chief (J-5/8) at the Joint Navigation Warfare Center, a component of U.S. Strategic Command. In his last shore assignment he was a post-Department Head and Commander Command detailer at the Navy Personnel Command. He is a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.