Commander Matthew Roberts

Cmdr. Matthew J. Roberts was born in Pensacola, Florida and raised in Orange Park, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He received his commission as an Ensign through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola in May 2002 and was designated as a naval aviator in May 2004 in Kingsville, Texas.
Following replacement pilot training in the C-2A Greyhound at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, he joined the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 in May of 2005. While with VRC-40, he completed two deployments on board USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with Carrier Air Wing One in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and provided logistics support during Hurricane Katrina. Roberts served as head landing signal officer, instructor pilot, assistant training officer, detachment operations officer and aircraft maintenance quality assurance officer.
In March 2011, Roberts reported to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) were he deployed twice in support of OEF and OIF. During his time at sea, Roberts earned an Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway qualification (Nimitz class Aircraft Carrier), served as assistant air operations officer in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC), and as a damage control locker officer.
In August, 2013, Roberts then reported to the “Golden Eagles” of VT-22 in Kingsville as an instructor pilot in the T-45C Goshawk. His duties included operations officer, standards officer, and administration officer.  He became the officer in charge of the Flight Instructor Training Unit (FITU) developing the training and qualifications 16 instructor pilots for Training Air Wing Two.  On the 4th of December 2019, CDR Roberts assumed Command of VT-22  SAU until the 14th of August, 2021.
Roberts has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours in five different naval aircraft. He completed Joint Professional Military Education through the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Crops Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
He assumed duties as Executive Officer of Naval Air Station Kingsville in July 2022.

Last Updated: 2 August 2022

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