|CDR Matthew W. Foster
Executive Officer (September 2016 - February 2018)
Commander Foster received his commission after graduating from North Carolina State
University in 2000. He holds a master’s degree in Operations Research from the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
At sea, Commander Foster served as Propulsion Division Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant
on USS Mount Vernon (LSD 39), Navigator on USS Anzio (CG 69), and Chief Engineer on
USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60). He commanded Patrol Coastal Crew Echo, embarked onboard
USS Typhoon (PC 5), USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Squall (PC 7) from July 2010 through
Ashore, Commander Foster served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the
Assessment Division (N81), the Joint Capabilities and Integration Division (N83), and the
Programming Division (N80). His most recent assignment was in the Programming and Budget
Analysis Division on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Commander Foster holds subspecialties in Operations Research, Financial Management, and
Mechanical Engineering. He is the recipient of multiple professional and academic awards,
including the Carrier Strike Group 12 Shiphandler of the Year and the Vice Admiral Robert
Kihune Leadership Award. Commander Foster has also been fortunate enough to serve on
numerous teams that have earned the Battle “E".