Cmdr. Matthew R. Newman
Cmdr. Matthew Newman is a native of Swainsboro, Georgia. He graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management and Professional Flight. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from The Naval Postgraduate School.
Newman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1998. Following Recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he reported to the Fourth Landing Support Battalion, Savannah, Georgia. In November 2001 he accepted a cross service transfer to the United States Navy to become a naval aviator. In October 2002, he completed Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. and began flight school ultimately earning his “Wings of Gold” in April of 2004. After initial P-3C pilot training at the Fleet Replacement Squadron, Patrol Squadron (VP)30, he reported to his first operational squadron, the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron 16 in 2005. His subsequent operational assignments include a tour as the assistant strike operations officer aboard the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), and as a department head in Patrol VP-45.
Newman’s shore assignments include: advanced multi-engine instructor pilot with the “Wise Owls” of Training Squadron 31; fleet replacement squadron instructor pilot at VP-30; flag aide to the Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command; and officer-in-charge, P-8A Fleet Integration Team. Newman reported as executive officer for VP-30 in July 2021.
Newman has completed six deployments in support of operations in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. He has amassed over 2,700 flight hours, 1,800 of which are as an instructor pilot.
Newman’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.