Commanding Officer: Commander Matthew F. Rutherford CMC: Command Master Chief Rob Enquist Executive Officer: Commander Erik L. Cyre

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Commander Matthew F. Rutherford, U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Four Seven


A native of Baltimore, Maryland, CDR Rutherford graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Upon commissioning he attended the University of Maryland under the Immediate Graduate Education Program, earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a subspecialty in Applied Mathematics. After completion of his graduate education, he reported to Pensacola, FL for initial flight training.

Upon completion of flight training, CDR Rutherford joined the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI in June 2001. While attached to VP-4, CDR Rutherford completed two deployments and flew combat missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He was designated a Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot, and served as PR/AME Branch Officer, Training Plans Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer.

CDR Rutherford reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, FL in August 2004 for duty as a FRS Instructor Pilot. While attached to the “Pro’s Nest” he was responsible for extensive development and testing of the new P-3C Operational Flight Trainer, while also serving as Fleet Projects Pilot, IUT/Standardization Officer, and Fleet NATOPS evaluator.

CDR Rutherford detached from VP-30 in April 2006 and reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) for duty as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. While attached to the NIMITZ, he completed two deployments while serving as V-2 Division Officer and the senior Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, ultimately ensuring the safe launch and recovery of over 8,600 sorties.

CDR Rutherford reported back for his department head tour with the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” in August 2008. He completed one deployment to FIFTH fleet, flying over 70 combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his department head tour he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer. He detached from VP-4 in October 2010 and reported for duty at STRATCOM JFCC-ISR in Washington, DC.

At JFCC-ISR, CDR Rutherford managed specialized ISR programs while serving as Senior TITAN Operations Officer before being selected as Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander. He detached from JFCC-ISR in November 2012 to report for duty as Executive Officer with the “Golden Swordsman” of VP-47.

CDR Rutherford’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (4th Strike/Flight Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and service medals. He and his wife Kendal reside in Kailua, HI.



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