CDR Joe Matthews
Deputy Sector Commander
Sector Humboldt Bay
CDR Joe Matthews reported to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay in June of 2020. CDR Matthews is a native of Middleboro, MA. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he was assigned as a deck watch officer onboard the USCGC DURABLE in St. Petersburg, FL. Shortly after reporting, the CGC DURABLE was scheduled for decommissioning and he was reassigned to the USCGC SENECA in Boston, MA where he conducted counter narcotics and migrant operations throughout the Caribbean. He was then selected to attend flight training in Pensacola, FL where he earned his wings in February 2004.
CDR Matthews’ first aviation assignment was Air Station Atlantic City. While stationed in Atlantic City, CDR Matthews took part in developing the Coast Guards Rotary Wing Air Intercept Mission, serving on one of the first crews deployed to the National Capital Region. Following Atlantic City, CDR Matthews was assigned to Kodiak, Alaska where he served as the Aviation Safety Officer deploying throughout the Bering Sea conducting Search and Rescue and Maritime Boundary Line deployments. From Kodiak, he was assigned to Air Station Port Angeles, WA where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer. From Port Angeles CDR Matthews went to Training Center Cape May where he served as Chief of Military Indoctrination. CDR Matthews’ previous tour was at Sector North Bend Oregon where he served as the Logistics Officer.
CDR Matthews holds a Master’s of Science in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has over 3,000 flight hours and has served as Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner in the MH-65D. He and his wife Amy have two children.