|Captain Matthew J. Pringle
Chief of Staff
Captain Matthew J. Pringle calls Seattle, Washington home and graduated from the University of Washington in 1983. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1984 and, following flight training, was designated a Naval Aviator in 1985.
Captain Pringle’s first fleet squadron was with the HSL 35 Magicians at NAS North Island, CA flying the SH-2F LAMPS MK I helicopter. He made a series of rapid alert deployments to the Northern and Central Pacific as Detachment Operations Officer in USS
KINKAID (DD 965). He later deployed to the Persian Gulf as Detachment Maintenance Officer in USS BAGLEY (FF 1069) participating in Operation PRAYING MANTIS. There he and his crew provided aerial naval gunfire spotting and targeting of an Iranian warship that was sunk by Surface Action Group “C”.
Captain Pringle’s next tour was with the HSL 31 Arch Angels as a flight instructor and then returned to sea in 1991, again with HSL 35, making deployments as Detachment TEN Officer in Charge in USS JOHN A. MOORE (FFG 19) and USS LOCKWOOD (FF 1064). In 1992, he was assigned as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Amphibious Group THREE and deployed to Somalia, Africa for Operation RESTORE HOPE.
Following LAMPS MK III transition training in 1994, Captain Pringle reported to the HSL-51 Warlords, Atsugi, Japan. He deployed in USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), as Detachment THREE Officer in Charge, to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation VIGILENT SENTINAL/SOUTHERN WATCH and Taiwan contingency operations in 1995. He finished the tour as Operations Officer with the squadron winning the Battle “E” for 1996.
In 1997, he reported to the Naval War College, Newport, RI, graduating with a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In 1998 he was assigned to the Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN, and served as the HS/HSL Combat Air Placement and Assistant Aviation Captain Assignment Officers. He assumed duties as HSL 47 Executive Officer in October 2000 and took command of the SABERHAWKS in February 2002. During his tour, the command received the Battle “E”, CNO Safety and Top Torpedo awards.
Following Operational Command, Captain Pringle transferred to USS BOXER (LHD 4) where he served as the “Air Boss” and completed 2 deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations ENDURING/IRAQI FREEDOM. In February 2005, he assumed duties as Deputy Commander, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet and on 2 November 2006, he became the seventh Commodore of HSMWINGPAC. While Commodore, he established HSM-71, the Navy’s first Fleet MH60R squadron, led training for Singapore’s LAMPS community standup and critically reorganized the community’s operational, supply and personnel business models. Additionally, Captain Pringle led all airborne USN/USMC firefighting efforts for the 2007 San Diego Wildfires.
Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN in April 2011, Captain Pringle served in Baghdad, Iraq as Advisor to the Vice Chief, Iraqi Joint Headquarters and as Deputy Director, Iraq Training Mission-Ministry of Defense, United States Forces-Iraq.
Captain Pringle has over 3,000 flight hours and 1,400 small deck landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Air Medal with Bronze “V”, Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals, Combat Action ribbon and various service and unit awards.