CDR Matthew N. Persiani
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO
CDR Matt “Trash” Persiani is a 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Management Science and Information Technology, CDR Persiani was commissioned through the NROTC program in May 2001. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2009 and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, in 2015.
CDR Persiani earned his wings of gold as a Naval Aviator in November 2002 and was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three (HS-3) in Jacksonville, FL. He flew the venerable SH-60F/H Seahawk and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). While in HS-3 CDR Persiani served as the Schedules Officer, Avionics and Armament Division Officer, and the Quality Assurance Officer.
Following his first sea duty tour, CDR Persiani graduated from the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor course (SWTI) and served as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) at the Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School detachment Jacksonville, FL. CDR Persiani served as both the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Subject Matter Expert.
Back to sea duty, CDR Persiani flew with the Redwolves of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eighty Four (HSC-84) where he completed two deployments to Balad, Iraq flying Direct Action combat missions as part of the Combined Joint Special Operations Aviation Component (CJSOAC). In the skies over Iraq, CDR Persiani accumulated over 297 combat flight hours.
In 2011 CDR Persiani served as the Flag Aide to the commander of Navy Region Southwest.
For his Department Head tour, CDR Persiani reported to the world famous Nightdippers of HS-5 in 2012 where he served as the Operations and Maintenance Officer. During his time at HS-5 he deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) onboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and transitioned the squadron to HSC-5 and the MH-60S.