Capt. Matthew R. Vandersluis, USN
Dean of Students
Naval Postgraduate School
Captain Matthew R. Vandersluis is a native of Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1990. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August of 1991 and was transferred to the VAQ-129 “Vikings” at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington for initial training in the EA-6B Prowler.
Following completion of EA-6B training, his initial assignment was with the “Yellow Jackets” of VAQ-138 onboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) where he completed two WESTPAC deployments and a six-month individual augment assignment to Vicenza, Italy supporting Combined Air Operations over Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Captain Vandersluis’ next two tours were back in the EA-6B. First as a flight instructor with the “Vikings” of VAQ-129 and then as a Tactics instructor with the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132 where he completed deployments onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as well as an expeditionary deployment to Prince Sultan Airbase, Saudi Arabia. During this tour he was selected as the recipient of the “SEA DOG FODOR Leadership Award” for outstanding junior officer leadership in the EA-6B community.
At the completion of his tour with the “Scorpions”, Captain Vandersluis transferred in February 2001 to the Naval War College in Newport, RI and graduated with a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Following EA-6B refresher training at VAQ-129, he returned in August 2002 to VAQ-128 for his department head tour, serving as Safety, Administration, Operations and Executive Officer. During this tour he was awarded the “Commander, Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award”.
At the completion of his tour with VAQ-128, he reported to the J35 plans division at Special Operations Command (USSSOCOM) where he served for 2 years as an Operational planner. Following this tour, he was selected for aviation commander command and reported to the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132. During this tour, CAPT Vandersluis led the squadron thru the initial EA-6B Prowler to EA-18 Growler type model series transition.
Following his aviation command tour, CAPT Vandersluis spent two years as the Aviation Officer Community manager (BUPERS-3) in Millington, Tennessee where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of Naval Aviation Manpower policy and requirements.
At the completion of his tour with BUPERS-3, Captain Vandersluis spent two years in Monterey, California at the Naval Postgraduate school as the Deputy and then Dean of Students.
Captain Vandersluis’ most recent tour was as the Installation Commanding Officer of Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory. CAPT Vandersluis is currently serving as the Dean of Students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.