LtCol Matthew G. Humphrey
Commissioned in August of 1998 via Officer Candidate Class, 2ndLt Humphrey immediately attended The Basic School. Upon completion of TBS in March 1999, 2ndLt Humphrey immediately attended Infantry Officer’s Course 4-99 in Quantico. He then reported for Naval Aviation training in Pensacola, FL in August 1999. 1stLt Humphrey was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2001 and was assigned to HMT-303 aboard MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA for UH-1N Fleet Replacement training.
In November 2001, 1stLt Humphrey reported to HMLA-167 aboard MCAS New River, NC. During his nearly six-year tour at HMLA-167, Capt Humphrey served as the NATOPS Officer, Schedule Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Tactics Officer and Flight Line Officer with multiple training deployments to Twenty-Nine Palms, Yuma, Spain, South Carolina and Georgia.
In June of 2003, Capt Humphrey attached to HMM-266 as part of the 22nd MEU and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and supported combat operations throughout Southeast Afghanistan. In September of 2004 the squadron redeployed to CONUS, and after returning to HMLA-167, Capt Humphrey attended WTI 2-05 in March of 2005. Immediately after completing the WTI course, Capt Humphrey remained in Yuma, AZ as HMLA-167 attended exercise Desert Talon in preparation for a squadron deployment to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom until returning in March, 2006. Upon returning, Capt Humphrey again attached to a composite squadron, HMM-264, and deployed with the 26th MEU in support of LF5F participating in exercises in Nigeria, Jordan, Spain, Djibouti and Qatar.
Upon returning with the 26th MEU in July, Capt Humphrey reported to MAWTS-1 in August 2007. In November 2008 Capt Humphrey was promoted and in June 2009 assumed the duties as MAWTS-1 Huey Division Head. Major Humphrey was selected to attend the U.S. Naval War College Command and Staff College in Newport, RI. in June 2010 where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In August 2011, Major Humphrey returned to HMLA-167 in New River, NC. and assumed the duties of Operations Officer, then immediately began the conversion to the UH-1Y upgrade aircraft. The squadron subsequently became the first East Coast squadron equipped with upgrade H-1 aircraft in June 2012. In July 2012, Maj Humphrey assumed the duties of Executive Officer and participated in the Marine Corps’ Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) along with multiple other deployments for training. Then in May 2013 he deployed with the Warriors in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, supporting operations from Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
On completion of his tour as the Executive Officer in June 2014 Major Humphrey was assigned to HQMC Aviation Department to execute duties as Marine Attack & Utility Requirements Officer (APW-53). He was frocked to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in December, moved to Hawaii and took command of HMLA-367. He commanded HMLA-367 from 18 December 2014 to 8 December 2016 and upon completion of his command tour took over duties as the Marine Air Group 24 Executive Officer.
Personal awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Medal, the Air Medal (individual action) with V and Medal (Strike/Flight) with numeral 13, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with two stars.