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Navy Recruiting Leadership Academy




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Lieutenant Commander Matthew D. O’Brian was born in Mansfield, Ohio and was raised in Southport, Connecticut and Toledo, Ohio. He is a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering. After graduation he reported to flight school in Pensacola, FL. Upon completion of primary flight training with the “Red Knights” ofÊ VT-3, he was selected for the E-6B Mercury Pipeline. He finished flight school in May of 2002 and was winged a naval aviator at Vance Air Force Base, in Enid, OK. Following his winging, He reported to VQ-7 in Oklahoma City, OK to begin fleet replacement pilot training in the E-6B Mercury.

Completing the E-6B syllabus in the spring of 2003, Lt. Cmdr. O’Brian reported to the “Shadows” of VQ-4 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City As an aircraft commander and mission commander he was charged with the TACAMO (TAke Charge And Move Out) mission of providing the President a survivable and endurable means to command the nation’s nuclear forces. At the squadron he held various positions including maintenance branch officer, TEMADD officer, schedules officer, and functional check flight pilot.

In the spring of 2006, O’Brian reported to Randolph Air Force Base, TX to attend the Air Force’s pilot instructor training course. Upon completion, he was designated an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the T-1A Jayhawk and checked into the 32nd Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base. While at the 32nd FTS he was hand-selected to serve as a check flight standardization pilot and the squadron training officer charged with flying all area familiarization/adaptation flights for new instructors. While assigned to the 32nd FTS, he earned a master of science degree in banking and financial management from Boston University.

In the spring of 2009, Lieutenant Commander O’Brian reported for duty as a catapult and arresting gear officer, “Shooter,” onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in Norfolk, VA. He joined the ship for the final stages of the Reactor Complex OverHaul (RCOH) shipyard period and conducted sea trials, a homeport duty change to San Diego, CA, and a deployment to the Persian Gulf. He led the V-1 Division and then the V-2 Division as the lead shooter, “Top Cat,” during his deployment to the Gulf. Additionally, he was the first “big-wing,” non-carrier aviator, to qualify and perform the duties of the assistant air officer, mini boss, in the carrier’s tower.

In the summer of 2011, Lt. Cmdr. O’Brian was selected as an Op-T department head and assigned to the “Wildcats” of VT-10. While at the squadron, he served as the administrative officer and the operations officer while attaining qualifications as an instructor pilot in all phases of T-6A Student Naval Flight Officer training. Upon completion of his tour with the “Wildcats” in the summer of 2014, O’Brian was sent to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In September 2016, he earned a master of science degree in mechanical engineering and was awarded the 2016 “Naval Sea Systems Command Award for Excellence in Naval/Mechanical Engineering.” After graduation, he reported to COMUSNAVCENT in Manama, Bahrain as the COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT future operations deputy air officer.

In September of 2017, he assumed duties as assistant officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit.


Lieutenant Commander O’Brian has flown over 2,700 hours in six Navy and Air Force aircraft. His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (three), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (three), as well as various campaign, squadron, and unit awards. 


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