COMMANDER MATTHEW S. WELLMAN
HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT SQUADRON ELEVEN
A native of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Commander Matthew Wellman earned a B.S. in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University. He was commissioned in May 2000 via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 2002. Commander Wellman subsequently completed fleet replacement training qualifying in the UH-3H/VH-3A “Sea King” (2002) and later qualified in the MH-60S “Knighthawk” (2005).
Commander Wellman’s operational tours include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2) “Fleet Angels” where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and Detachment Maintenance Officer; USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7) as Assistant Air Officer and Aircraft Handling Officer while earning Officer of the Deck (Underway); and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC-26) “Chargers” as Tactics Officer, Operations Officer, and Detachment ONE “Desert Hawks” Officer-in-Charge (Manama, Bahrain). During these tours he deployed numerous times to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibilities while participating in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
Shore assignments for Commander Wellman include Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO (HSC-2) as a Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot and Assistant Operations Officer; Flag Aide to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; and Joint Staff J-3, Deputy Director for Regional Operations and Global Force Management (J-35) serving as Lead Sourcing Planner, and Executive Assistant to the Vice Deputy.
Commander Wellman is a graduate of the Executive Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor course and Mountain Flying Course (Fallon, NV). He graduated with distinction from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University earning a Master in Aeronautical Science, with an emphasis in management. Additionally, he has completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I via the Naval War College distance education program and JPME Phase II in-residence at the Joint Forces Staff College.
Commander Wellman reported as Executive Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron ELEVEN (HSC-11) in June 2017.
Commander Wellman’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other unit and campaign ribbons.