CMDCM(AW/SW/IW) John Matthews
Command Master Chief, Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN
United States Navy
Master Chief Matthews is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from Acadiana High School – Class of 1998. Master Chief Matthews entered the Navy through the Delayed Entry Program and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in August 1998.
Following recruit training, Master Chief Matthews report to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. While assigned to Reactor Department onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), he was selected for the Machinist Mate rating through the Fireman Apprenticeship Program. Follow on tours included: PCU Ronald Reagan at Newport News, VA, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Norfolk, VA, TRIDENT Refit Facility, Kingsbay, GA; USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), Yokosuka, Japan; USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) Norfolk, VA. He has also served at Navy Submarine Torpedo Facility, Yorktown, VA, onboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) Norfolk, VA, USS George H W Bush (CVN-77) Norfolk, VA and Fleet Area and Control Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) as the Command Senior Chief.
In February 2016, Master Chief Matthews was selected into the Command Senior Enlisted Leader program and graduated as honor student of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (Class #194, Green). He is also a graduate of the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class #72). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (two awards) and numerous campaign and unit awards. He also holds an Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Saint Leo University and holds a dual Master’s Degree from Webster University.
Master Chief Matthews reported for his current assignment at Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) in June 2018 as the Command Master Chief.