Cmdr. Adam M. Matthews
Commanding Officer, USS Tucson
Commander Adam M. Matthews, a native of rural Southwest Wisconsin, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He also holds Master of Science Degrees in Operations Research from the Naval Post Graduate School and Defense Technology and Systems from the National University of Singapore.
His division officer assignment was aboard USS Louisiana SSBN-743 (Gold) in Bangor, WA, while USS Louisiana was awarded the Omaha Trophy and Squadron Seventeen Battle Efficiency “E”. He served as the Combat Systems Officer aboard USS Cheyenne SSN-773 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, while ‘The Legend’ completed one Western Pacific deployment and was awarded the Squadron Seven Weapons White “W” and Battle Efficiency “E”. His Department Head tour culminated with him receiving the 2014 Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood Award for Professional Excellence from the Naval Submarine League. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS Florida SSGN-728 (Blue), while ‘Fighting Florida’ completed USEUCOM and USAFRICOM deployments and was awarded the Squadron Sixteen Battle Efficiency “E”.
His shore duty assignments include tours on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff where he served as the Requirements Officer for the Columbia Class SSBN Program, and on the Joint Staff where he served as the Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations (SRO) Book Briefer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense.
Commander Matthews decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards.