Barrett, Matthew, AWOC

Naval Aircrewman Operator
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Current Service Status
USN Active
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AWO-7861-P-3 Nonacoustic
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Naval Aircrewman Operator
Primary Unit
2016-Present, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (COMPATRECONGRU)/COMPATRECONWING 11 (CPRW-11)
Previously Held NEC
8201-Naval Aircrewman Candidate
AW-0000-Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
AW-7846-CV-ASM Module (ASWMOD) Equipment Operator
AW-7861-P3C Non-Acoustic Operator
90UV-Unmanned Systems (UAV/USV/USG) Operator
AWO-0000-Naval Aircrewman Operator
Service Years
1998 - Present
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Sandbox Sailor Operation Iraqi Freedom
Voice Edition
AWO-Naval Aircrewman Operator
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) P-3 1,000 HRS

 Military Association Memberships
Iraq War Veterans Organization
  2009, Iraq War Veterans Organization

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Currently assigned to MTOC-1 in NAS Jacksonville, FL since 22NOV16.  We have been on deployment since 16MAR17 to C6F.  I've spent the majority of this deployment in Sigonella, Italy, but have also got to go to Keflavik, Iceland (again)/ Lossiemouth, Scotland / Belfast, Ireland.  It's been a pretty busy deployment so far, but it's been good.  We only have a little over a month and a half until we go home, but being busy hasn't slowed a bit.  I'll be in MTOC-1 until NOV19, then move on to my last command unless I pick up Senior Chief.  Good times!!

Been at VP-62 since 29 OCT 10 and I must say, these guys and gals are AWESOME!!!  Even as a CPO, I'm junior to a lot of folks here.  I sure can learn a lot from the group I'm working with now.

Checking into VP-30 for CAT III next month.  Afterwards, I'll be checking into VP-62 for sea times are a coming!!!!

Am currently trying to find orders to my next command.  I'm supposed to be rolling out in September, but right now there isn't much for my NEC.  May be looking at VP-62 or one of the MOCCs in either SIG or the "sand box".

Jan 21-Sept 17 2009: Iraq- I've completed my IA tour and I'm on my way back home to Jacksonville, FL.  It was a good tour, though it was hot and dusty.  I worked with a lot of good guys, especially ATC Brunner, the FSR's from Insitu and the Army SF guys.  Now I head back to Jax for another year of shore duty, hopefully all will go well.  I'm looking forward to spending some time with the family and relaxing a bit.

I've been in Iraq for a month now working with UAV's.  Everything has been going well so far.  Pretty cool stuff that we're doing over here.

Got my orders today!!!  I'll be leaving Jan 11th for South Carolina for about a week, and then off to Iraq to do my bit.

Well, I'll be heading back to Jacksonville on the 18th of NOV......turns out that the "higher ups" decided to give people with GSA orders priority over us IA's.  So now I will be classing up 05 JAN in Fort Jackson, SC for a two week refresher of combat skills, and then I'll be heading over to either Iraq or Afghanistan to work with UAV's.  I'm not sure what service I'll be working with yet...I'm sure it will change 5000 more times before I get there.

Turns out I'll be leaving 19 OCT 08 for Norfolk, VA.  and then heading out to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for my training.  Then I'll head over to the Middle East.

I'm preparing to leave on 20 OCT 08 for Ft. McCoy, WI. for training and then will be back for some leave in JAN 09.  From there I am going IA (Individual Augmentation) to Iraq for 280 days as an EWO (Electronic Warfare Operator) with the Army.  I should be back around OCT 09.
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Air Crew Wings
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1998, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 1312
 Duty Stations
Naval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)(AW) Aviation Warfare A SchoolSERE SchoolFleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)/FASOTRAGRULANT (Faculty Staff)
US NavyVP-30 Pro's NestUSS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)School Assignments - Staff
VP-5 Mad FoxesAdvancement Schools and CoursesCOMSEACONWINGLANT (CSCWL)CV-TSC Jacksonville
Individual Augmentee Combat Training (NIACT) Fort Jackson, SCUS Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)VP-62 Broad ArrowsCommander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (COMPATRECONGRU)
Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D)Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (COMPATRECONGRU)/COMPATRECONWING 11 (CPRW-11)
  1998-1998, 8201, Naval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)
  1998-1998, AW-0000, (AW) Aviation Warfare A School
  1998-1998, AW-0000, SERE School
  1998-1998, AW-0000, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)/FASOTRAGRULANT (Faculty Staff)
  1999-1999, AW-7846, CV-TSC Damneck, VA
  1999-1999, AW-7846, VP-30 Pro's Nest/FRAMP VP-30
  1999-2001, AW-7846, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
  2000-2000, AW-7846, Global Command and Control Systems - Maritime (GCCS-M) C School
  2001-2002, AW-7861, VP-30 Pro's Nest/FRAMP VP-30
  2002-2005, AW-7861, VP-5 Mad Foxes
  2005-2005, AW-9502, Journeyman Instructor Training Course
  2005-2010, AW-9502, CV-TSC Jacksonville
  2008-2009, 90UV, Individual Augmentee Combat Training (NIACT) Fort Jackson, SC
  2009-2009, 90UV, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP)
  2010-2010, AWO-7861, VP-30 Pro's Nest/FRAMP VP-30
  2010-2013, AWO-7861, VP-62 Broad Arrows
  2013-2016, AWO-0000, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (COMPATRECONGRU)
  2014-2015, AWO-7861, Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D)
  2016-Present, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (COMPATRECONGRU)/COMPATRECONWING 11 (CPRW-11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1997-2003 Operation Northern Watch (Iraq)
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2002-2002 OEF - Horn of Africa
  2002-2003 Pacific 2002-2003
  2002-2003 Pacific 2002-2003
  2009-2010 OIF/Iraqi Sovereignty (2009-10)
  2010-2011 Operation New Dawn
  2014-2015 Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Central Texas CollegeExcelsior College
  1999-1999, Central Texas College
  2015-Present, Excelsior College
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