Commander Matthew Horton, a native of West Monroe, Louisiana, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. Additionally, he holds a Master's of Science in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America.
Commander Horton's operational assignments include service in fast attack and ballistic missile submarines. He completed a Western Pacific deployment as a Division Officer in USS LOS ANGELES (SSN 688), Southern Pacific and Northern Atlantic deployments as Engineer Officer in USS NEWPORT NEWS (SSN 750), and four strategic deterrent patrols as Executive Officer in USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) (GOLD).
His shore assignments include assignments as an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Junior Board Member on the Fleet Forces Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, and as U.S.Strategic Command Task Force ONE FOUR FOUR Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Operations.
Commander Horton's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Additionally, he has served on commands that have been awarded the US Strategic Command Omaha Trophy for highest performing strategic platform, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and multiple Battle Efficiency "E" awards.
Commander Horton is married to the former Kelly Prince of Norfolk, Virginia, and they have one daughter, Eloise.