Comm​ander Matthew L. Martins

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37

27 October 2020

Commander Matthew “Moto” Martin is a native of Manheim, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in May 2002.   He completed his flight training in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 2004.

Commander Martin began his naval career with two consecutive sea duty tours in San Diego, CA.  His initial operational flying tour was completed in the SH-60B with the HSL FOURTY FIVE “Wolfpack.”  During his time at HSL FOURTY FIVE he deployed to the FIFTH and SEVENTH fleet areas of operation in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) aboard the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) and USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52).  He served as Detachment Four Assistant Operations Officer, Maintenance Division Officer, Detachment Two Maintenance Officer, and Squadron Assistant Operations Officer from November 2004 to November 2007.

CDR Martin then completed a second consecutive operational sea duty tour flying the MH-60R with the HSM SEVENTY ONE “Raptors” from May 2008 to March 2010.  He served as Detachment Three Maintenance Officer aboard USS KIDD (DDG 100) and the Quality Assurance Officer aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) for the Raptors’ squadron stand-up and the inaugural MH-60R WESTPAC deployment.  While at HSM SEVENTY ONE he was named CHSMWP's Pilot of the Year (2009).

In his first shore duty assignment, CDR Martin attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  He graduated with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering in June 2012 and was awarded the Wayne E. Meyer Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering.

CDR Martin returned to the HSM SEVENTY ONE “Raptors” for his Department Head tour.  He again deployed to FIFTH fleet as part of Carrier Air Wing NINE and Carrier Strike Group THREE, aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of OEF operations.  He served as Safety Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer from February 2013 to June 2015.

Following his Department Head tour, CDR Martin was stationed at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN from June 2015 to October 2017, where he served as the Helicopter Maritime Strike and Commander Naval Air Forces Placement Officer.  At the completion of that tour he was selected for the Secretary of Navy Tours with Industry Program.  He completed an 11-month fellowship with FedEx in Memphis, TN working in the Human Resources, Engineering, and Air Operations Departments.

CDR Martin has accumulated more than 1,900 flight hours in the MH-60R and SH-60B.  His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations and service/campaign awards.  He is married to Lori Martin and has two sons, Brady and Coope.
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