A native of Grand Junction, Colorado, Cmdr. Mathew J. Swenson graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2002. He also earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of California San Diego in 2008 as part of the Surface Warfare Officer Master of Business Administration program.
His operational tours include: first lieutenant aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76); fire control officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65); engineering officer aboard USS Howard (DDG 83); and combat systems/N6 for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) SEVEN.
Ashore, he served as a member of NROTC San Diego; concept of operations and requirements officer at U.S. Third Fleet; and strategic capabilities branch chief and country desk officer for Portugal/Spain at U.S. European Command.
His current assignment is executive officer of USS Charleston (LCS 18) Blue Crew. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign medals.