Captain Matthew Paradise

Chief of Staff, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

19 October 2020 Captain Matthew Paradise enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and attended Basic Underwater Demolition School class 138. Upon successful completion, he was assigned to Seal Team TWO where he made deployments to Northern Europe as a mountain and arctic warfare specialist. During his tenure at Seal Team TWO, he earned instructor qualifications in Combat Swimming and Mountain and Arctic Warfare. In 1989, Captain Paradise was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the University of Washington earning a degree in Computer Engineering and a commission in August 1992.
Captain Paradise attended primary flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas and advanced flight training in Kingsville, Texas earning his wings in July 1995. In July 1996, Captain Paradise completed initial training in the F/A-18 and was assigned to VFA-22 where he made two Western Pacific deployments and participated in Operations Southern Watch and Desert Fox. Captain Paradise was selected to attend USN Test Pilot School, graduated with class 117 in July 2000 and was assigned to VX-23 in the Carrier Suitability department. While at VX-23, Captain Paradise was both Project Officer and Project Pilot for numerous programs including Joint Precision Approach Landing System, and F/A-18 E/F degraded flight control carrier suitability testing. While at VX-23, he earned his master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
In January 2003, Captain Paradise was assigned as Air Wing Landing Signals Officer for CVW-5 on the USS Kitty Hawk and flew flights in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2004, Captain Paradise was assigned to VFA-192 as a department head. During his tenure at VFA-192, the squadron was awarded numerous accolades including two Safety “S” awards and the Department of the Navy award for Safety Excellence. In November 2006, Captain Paradise served his joint tour as Maritime Communications System Manager for NATO Communications Service Agency in Mons, Belgium.
Following his joint tour, Captain Paradise reported to VFA-34 as the executive officer and assumed command in May 2010, deploying aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in support of operation Enduring Freedom.  In January 2012, Captain Paradise reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in preparation for his assignment aboard USS George H. W. Bush.  He reported aboard the aircraft carrier in July 2013, serving as the executive officer until July 2015.  After successful completion of his XO carrier tour he was stationed in Yokosuka for his third Japan tour as Commanding Officer of the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) until June 2017. Following command of USS Blue Ridge, Captain Paradise assumed command of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in June of 2018 and successfully completed his tour in January of 2021. He is currently the Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Air Forces.
Captain Paradise’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Service medal, five Air medals including two with combat “V”, along with various campaign and unit citations. He has accumulated over 3,100 tactical jet flight hours and over 900 carrier landings.
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