|LCDR Matthew T. Erdner
Commanding Officer (November 2011 - February 2013)
Lieutenant Commander Erdner, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduated from Pine-Richland High School and entered Norwich University in 1997. He graduated from Norwich with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics and was commissioned through Norwich’s NROTC program in May 2001.
After attending SWOS, he reported aboard USS HAYLER (DD 997) as First Lieutenant. Following a Mediterranean deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom he attended Surface Rescue Swimmer School. Lieutenant Commander Erdner was then assigned to Engineering Department. After completing Counter-Narcotics operations he decommissioned USS HAYLER in August 2003 as the Main Propulsion Assistant. He then reported to USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) as Fire Control Officer where he completed a DPMA and her 2004 INSURV.
Following his division officer tours, Lieutenant Commander Erdner attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned a Masters degree in Space Systems Operations. While at NPS, he was a key member of the Small Satellite Projects Team. Following his graduation With Distinction, he attended Department Head School in Newport, RI, completing the Prospective Engineering Officer track.
Lieutenant Commander Erdner reported to MCM Crew BULWARK as the Engineer Officer in October 2008. While embarked in USS CHAMPION (MCM 4), he executed her homeport shift to San Diego, CA, from Ingleside, TX. From July 2009 through March 2010, he completed a deployment embarked in USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11), as a member of Forward Deployed Navy Forces in Bahrain.
In fall 2010, Lieutenant Commander Erdner joined MCM Crew DOMINANT as the Executive Officer after completing the Prospective Commanding Officer pipeline. As XO, he completed CHAMPION’s 2011 INSURV, and five months of Crew DOMINANT’s 2011 FIFTH Fleet deployment. In November 2011 he assumed command of MCM Crew DOMINANT and USS SCOUT (MCM 8). Following re-deployment, he assumed command of USS CHAMPION in December 2011 and then USS CHIEF (MCM 14) in February, 2012. After re-certifying in all warfare areas, Crew DOMINANT deployed to the FIFTH Fleet AOR where Lieutenant Commander Erdner assumed command of USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11).
His personal decorations include two Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, the Naval Post Graduate School Space Systems Academic Excellence Award, and various unit and campaign ribbons.