COMMANDER MATTHEW J. MOWAD
UNITED STATES NAVY
CDR Matt Mowad is a native of Ventura, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Physiology from Biola University and received his commission via the University of California Los Angeles’ NROTC program in June 1994.
CDR Mowad completed the Surface Warfare Division Officers Course in Newport, RI in 1995 and reported aboard the USS CARTER HALL (LSD-50) Pre-Commissioning Unit in Little Creek, VA. While on board, he served as the Electronic Material Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, completed a Mediterranean deployment and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation.
In 1997 CDR Mowad reported aboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) in Norfolk, VA as the Assistant First Lieutenant and served as the ships First Lieutenant, Weapons Control Officer, Assistant Tactical Action Officer and Battle Group Sea Combat Commander Watch Officer. While aboard he completed her maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf and around the world to her new homeport in Coronado, CA.
In 1998 he was accepted for Pilot Training and reported to the Naval Aviation School Command in Pensacola, FL in 1999. CDR Mowad completed his primary and intermediate training at VT-2 in Milton, FL in 2000 and received his wings and designation as a Naval Aviator from VT-31 in Corpus Christi, TX in February 2001.
Upon completion of the P-3 Orion FRS at VP-30 in Jacksonville, FL, he reported aboard Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VP-1) in Whidbey Island, WA in November 2001 as the Educational Services Officer. While on board, he served as the Line Division Officer, Senior Watch Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Detachment Officer in Charge and earned his Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander designations. While attached to VP-1, he completed deployments to the Arabian Gulf and Japan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and flew several combat support missions.
In 2005 he reported aboard Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 (VX-30) in Point Mugu, CA as the Aviation Safety Officer and then assumed the duties as the F/A-18 Hornet, P-3 Orion, and C-130 Hercules Maintenance Officer. While aboard he earned his C-130 Hercules Aircraft Commander designation, graduated from the University of San Diego with a Masters of Science in Global Leadership, and was awarded the NAVAIR 2007 Military Leadership Award.
In 2008 he volunteered for ground combat duty in a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment and was assigned to a Special Operations Joint Task Force in Iraq as a Mission Planner, Mission Analyst and as a flag level brief writer to theater commanders, national level authorities and VIPs. While in Iraq he contributed to the success of over 1500 combat operations, 3000 enemy detained, and 700 enemy killed while personally exposed to over 100 rocket and mortar indirect fire attacks.
CDR Mowad was then assigned to Tactical Air Control Squadron 12 in Coronado, CA. In 2009-2010 he embarked the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) with the Amphibious Squadron 7 staff as the Amphibious Ready Group’s Senior Air Officer and Air Resources Element Coordinator.
In December of 2010 CDR Mowad reported as the Executive Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Los Angeles Consortium (USC / UCLA).
His personal awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (third award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (third award).