Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
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Captain Matthew Rutherford


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Captain Matthew Rutherford

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A native of Baltimore, Maryland, CAPT Rutherford graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He is also a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a 2018 distinguished graduate of the Eisenhower School at National Defense University, with a Master of Science in National Security Resource Strategy.

A career Naval Aviator in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community, CAPT Rutherford’s operational assignments include junior officer and department head tours with the “Skinny Dragons” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer onboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68); executive and commanding officer of the “Golden Knights” of VP-47, also in Kaneohe Bay; and Commander of Task Force SEVEN TWO in Atsugi, Japan.

His shore assignments include instructor pilot with VP-30, the MPRA fleet replacement squadron; executive officer for the Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR); and Chief Strategist and Legislative Advisor to the Chief of Naval Personnel.  CAPT Rutherford is currently serving as Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science at the ROTC unit at the University of Texas.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (four strike/flight) and various personal, unit, and campaign decorations.

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