NAVAIR

Capt. Matthew Commerford
U.S. Navy

Commerford

Capt. Matthew “Mitch” Commerford is the program manager for the Direct and Time Sensitive Strike program office (PMA-242).

A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Commerford earned his commission through the NROTC program at Texas A&M University with a B.S. in aerospace engineering.  He was designated a Naval Flight Officer at NAS Pensacola, Florida in August 1994 and completed fleet replacement training in the EA-6B the following year.  He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program and holds a M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey, California.

His sea tours include assignments with the VAQ-135 Black Ravens in Whidbey Island, Washington serving onboard USS Kitty Hawk and USS Carl Vinson.  As a department head, he served with the VAQ-130 Zappers aboard USS Harry S. Truman and for an expeditionary deployment assigned to MAG12 in Iwakuni, Japan.  During these tours, Commerford completed two Western Pacific / Arabian Gulf and one Mediterranean / Arabian Gulf deployment, supporting Operation Southern Watch, Operation Desert Fox, and supporting troops on the ground in Iraq in Operations Iraqi Freedom.

Commerford’s shore tours include assignment to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 2001 to August 2004.  While there, he graduated Test Pilot School with Class 121 and was assigned as the test team for the EA-6B Improved Capabilities Program III from initial flight test to operational test readiness review.  From February 2007 to March 2010, Commerford was assigned to the Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake, Calif.ornia serving as the EA-18G Growler weapons division test team lead from initial test flight at China Lake to the completion of operational test and through development of the H6E SCS.  In April 2010,  he reported to NAVAIR headquarters in Patuxent River serving as the PMA-234 assistant program manager for systems engineering (APMSE) for EA-6B, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems & Next Generation Jammer development.  He then served as the system configuration set  integration product team lead for the F/A-18 & EA-18G program (PMA-265)  and then as the program office's deputy program manager for mission systems from May 2014 to April 2016.  He served as the chief of staff for the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W)) from April 2016 until January 2017.

Commerford has flown more than 2,500 flight hours in 20 different aircraft and 431 carrier arrested landings.  His decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, four Strike Flight Air Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals, and numerous personal, campaign and unit level awards.