Commander Robert Matthias hails from Omaha, NE. He began his naval career by enlisting in 1992. As a Cryptologic Technician - Communications (CTO), he proudly served at Naval Security Group Activity Key West. Receiving a SECNAV nomination to attend the US Naval Academy, he subsequently graduated and was commissioned with the class of '99.
His officer career began onboard USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG-29), where he served as the Combat Information Center Officer (CICO), Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), and Intelligence Officer, qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, and deployed to Central and South America for counter-drug operations. In 2001, he was assigned to USS STETHEM (DDG-63) as the Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer during a Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System testing period.
In 2004, while the Executive Officer for US STRATCOM Public Affairs, he transitioned to the Information Professional (IP) community. Selected as Chief, Data Strategy, he planned for and acquired mission-essential database resources with a combined annual budget of $18M, and supervised a $600K USAMS contract. From 2006-2008, he served onboard USS BOXER (LHD-4) as the Electronics Material Officer (EMO) during an extended deployment to the Arabian Gulf. From 2008-2010, he was assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3) as a Staff Communications Officer and Knowledge Manager, forward-deploying to NAVCENT AOR under CTF 51/58/59/158. From 2010-2012, he was a student at Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master's degree in Information Systems Technology Management specializing in Information Assurance/Cyber Security and qualifying as an Information Dominance Warfare Officer. From 2012-2014, CDR Matthias served as Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Navy Cyber Forces Command Detachment San Diego supporting the entire PACFLT AOR with Cyber Security Inspection and Certification Program Stage II Training and Assessment Visits. He recently completed a tour as Executive Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Sicily Italy from 2014-2016, responsible for providing mission critical C4I to Navy and Joint deployers across CENTCOM, EUCOM, and AFRICOM AORs.
Currently, Commander Matthias serves as the Inter-American Telecommunications Network(IANTN) Secretary, US Naval Forces South Chief Information Officer(CIO), and Commander Fourth Fleet’s N6/Director of Computers & Information Systems (C&IS).
His personal decorations include Joint Service Commendation Medal (bronze oak leaf cluster), Navy Commendation Medal (three gold stars), and Navy Achievement Medal (gold star).