USS Pinckney
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Commander Matthew McGonigle
Commanding Officer (April 2010 - April 2012)

Commander Matthew McGonigle is from Turnersville, Southern New Jersey. He attended the NROTC program at Villanova University and was commissioned in May 1992 after having earned a BA in History.
He reported for training in June 1992 at Surface Warfare Officer School (basic) in Coronado, Ca. His initial duty station was aboard USS BRISTOL COUNTY (LST 1198) home ported in San Diego, Ca. He served as Communications Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and Electronics Repair Officer from 1992-1994 and participated in Operation Restore Hope. He decommissioned USS BRISTOL COUNTY in July 1994.
In November 1994, CDR McGonigle reported to USS LEWIS B. PULLER (FFG 23) home ported in San Diego, Ca. He served as Ordnance Officer from 1994-1996 and participated in two South American Counter Drug Deployments.
In May 1997 CDR McGonigle reported to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific in Coronado, Ca as an instructor for Naval Gunnery Forward Observing and Naval Surface Fire Support. His duties entailed the training of enlisted Marines, NAVY SEALS and Naval Gunnery Liaison Officers the techniques of NGFS, hydro-reconnaissance and behind the lines forward observing (targeting).
CDR McGonigle reported to Surface Warfare Officer School (Department Head) Newport, R.I. in July 1999 and subsequently served in USS WADSWORTH (FFG 9) as Chief Engineer. In July 2001 he reported to the Afloat Training Group, Pacific as a member of the Engineering Assessment and Qualification Board. While assigned to ATGPAC he was screened for Executive Officer. From June 2003 to November 2004 CDR McGonigle served as Operations and Training and subsequently Chief Staff Officer for NAVRESREDCOM-MIDLANT in Washington DC.
From April 2005 to January 2007 CDR McGonigle had the distinct privilege to serve as Executive Officer onboard USS PREBLE (DDG-88) home-ported in San Diego, Ca. There he screened for Commander Command.
In Apr 2007 CDR McGonigle reported as Chief Staff Officer at Destroyer Squadron One, there he maintained and prepared the staff for 2 CARAT Deployments and oversaw the completion of construction for 3 pre-commissioning Destroyers.
From July 2008 to January 2010 CDR McGonigle served as the FTS (Full Time Support) Surface Assignments Officer at NPC Millington. There he was responsible detailing all FTS Surface, SEAL, EOD, and Submarine Officers. He was also was the lead for the Active/Reserve Integration at NPC that ultimately led to all FTS Surface Warfare detailing/placement responsibilities to be assigned directly under PERS 41.
CDR McGonigle holds a Master Degree in Government and Foreign Policy from John Hopkins University and his personal awards include 2 Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various Navy/Marine Corps and Coast Guard sea service ribbons.


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