Commander Matthew E. Davin

Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151

25 October 2020 A native of Rochester, NY, CDR Davin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. CDR Davin reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in August 2002, and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2005 at NAS Meridian, MS.

Following initial training in the F/A-18E/F with VFA-122, CDR Davin joined the “Black Knights” of VFA-154, based at NAS Lemoore, CA. He made two deployments aboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74), flying missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

CDR Davin reported to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD as part of Class 137, graduating in June 2010. CDR Davin was then assigned to VX-23, serving as Head Landing Signal Officer in the Carrier Suitability department while also earning a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

CDR Davin then attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, receiving a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

CDR Davin returned to the fleet as a department head with the “Eagles” of VFA-115, based at NAF Atsugi, Japan. He made five Western Pacific patrols aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).

Following his department head tour, CDR Davin reported to U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, CO where he worked the maritime desk in the NORAD-USNORTHCOM Command Center. He later served as Maritime Watch Instructor, working from Cheyenne Mountain AFS. He reported to the “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 as Executive Officer in May 2019. In August 2020, he became the 60th Commanding Officer of the VFA-151 Vigilantes.

CDR Davin has accumulated 2,100 flight hours in 24 aircraft and 500 carrier arrested landings, including 29 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and other unit, service, and campaign awards.
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