Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Lieutenant Matthew Ziesmer


Naval Engineering and Weapons Instructor
Lieutenant Matthew Ziesmer



Lieutenant Matt Ziesmer spent his early life between Merrillville, IN, and Sugar Land, TX. He commissioned as a submarine officer in January 2014 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2013 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Science.

He reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) in Charleston, South Carolina to begin training for Submarine duty. LT Ziesmer graduated from NNPTC in October 2014. Following completion at NNPTC, LT Ziesmer attended Prototype training at Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Charleston-MTS 626. In July 2015, following completion at NPTU Charleston, LT Ziesmer transferred to Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) in Groton, CT.

LT Ziesmer reported to the USS Louisiana Gold Crew (SSBN 726), homeported in Bangor, WA, in October 2015. During his tour, he served as the Electrical Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Assistant Weapons Officer. He completed five strategic deterrent patrols, four dry-dock availabilities, and one Explosive Handling Wharf period.

Following three years on the USS Louisiana, LT Ziesmer transferred to the Singapore-based Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) Seven as the Submarine Operations and Theater Security Cooperation Officer in November 2018. He was the lead exercise planner for Maritime Training Activity Malaysia with the Royal Malaysian Navy, lead ASW planner for exercise Guardian Sea with the Royal Thai Navy, and lead ASW planner for exercise Pacific Griffin with the Republic of Singapore Navy.

After two years at DESRON 7, LT Ziesmer reported to the University of Texas at Austin Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps as an instructor. He teaches undergraduate courses on naval engineering and naval weapon systems to midshipmen and university students. He is pursuing a Master of Global Policy Studies graduate degree at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

LT Ziesmer’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has been married to Stephanie, a chemical engineer from Milwaukee, since 2018.

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