Commander (April 4, 2014 - Present)

CDR Matthew B. Tucker

CDR Tucker is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and received his commission and a Bachelor of Science Degree in History in 1997.

His first tour of duty was as a member of the commissioning crew of USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), where he served as 2nd Division Officer and Repair Division Officer. During this tour, CDR Tucker earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification, and took part in BONHOMME RICHARD’s commissioning and maiden deployment. In August 2000, CDR Tucker reported to his second Division Officer tour as Weapons and Executive Officer aboard USS HURRICANE (PC 3), where he participated in counter narcotics deployments in South and Central America, as well as Homeland Defense operations after the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

In March 2002, CDR Tucker reported to Surface Warfare Officer’s School Command (SWOS) in Newport, Rhode Island. During his tour, he served as a Division Officer’s Course instructor and qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist.

Upon completion of his tour as an instructor, CDR Tucker reported as a student to the U.S. Naval War College, where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and was awarded the James D. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Strategy and Force Planning.

In June 2005, CDR Tucker reported to USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as Operations Officer where he participated in several deployments, including Humanitarian Relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations in Lebanon.

CDR Tucker was selected for Early Command, and reported to MCM Crew PERSISTENT as Executive Officer in April 2007, subsequently assuming Command in November 2008. During his XO and CO tours, Crew PERSISTENT was awarded the Battle E, and conducted several deployments to the Middle East, rotating between USS SCOUT (MCM 8) and USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6).

After his command tour, CDR Tucker reported to the Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) in San Diego, CA. At NMAWC, CDR Tucker served in dual roles as the MIW Current Operations Officer for the MIW Center of Excellence, and as the Battle Watch Captain/Current Operations Officer for the deployable Flag led MIW Commander’s Battle Staff. During this tour, CDR Tucker was selected for the MIW Specialty Career Path.

CDR Tucker served as Deputy Commander / Chief of Staff for Mine Countermeasures Division (MCMDIV) THREE ONE from September, 2012 to March, 2014. He assumed command of MCMDIV THREE ONE in April, 2014.

CDR Tucker’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards); Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.
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