MQ-25 Fleet Introduction Team (FIT)

CDR Matthew Lambert

CDR Matthew J. Lambert, a native of Jacksonville, FL, graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs. Following primary flight training in Pensacola, Florida, he was selected into the E-2C Hawkeye community and earned his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Flight Officer on February 7, 2003.

In July of 2003, he reported to the VAW-117 “Wallbangers” in Pt. Mugu, CA, where he completed numerous Pacific deployments aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and USS REAGAN (CVN 76) that included multiple deployments in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

After his initial operational tour, CDR Lambert was selected for Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) duty at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) and the Carrier Airborne Early Weapons School (CAEWWS) at NAS Fallon, NV, where he taught the E-2 and EP-3 weapon school (N6), rotary wing weapons school (N8), Strike U (N5), P-3 weapons course and at the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Course.

Following his instructor tour, he reported to the VAW-113 “Black Eagles,” Pt. Mugu, CA, as Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Training Department Head where he deployed on the USS REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

In 2010, he reported to the 45th Special Operations Squadron supporting OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and ENDURING FREEDOM conducting combat search and rescue (CSAR) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

CDR Lambert’s next assignment was as assistant operations officer and acting operations officer for Commander Airborne Command and Control and Logistic Wing. In 2012, he was a Service Chiefs Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Following DARPA, he returned to VAW-113 as department head where he served as Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Operations Officer.

In September of 2015, CDR Lambert reported to Joint Staff, J8 at the Pentagon where he served as the Chairman’s capability and acquisition strategic analyst on the entire department’s command and control and communications portfolios. He also was chosen as the command and control lead for the multi-agency Chairman’s Joint Staff Innovation Group developing Fourth Offset concepts and technologies. While assigned to the Joint Staff, CDR Lambert completed his Master of Military History from Norwich University.

CDR Lambert has accumulated over 2500 flight hours in the E-2C Hawkeye and other aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (10 awards), Joint Commendation Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.

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