Captain Rob “Axle” Mathewson, USN
Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen
United States Naval Academy
Captain Rob “Axle” Mathewson was a prior enlisted Nuclear Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class, commissioned in 1992 from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science.
Captain Mathewson’s flying tours included VF-14, Strike Weapons and Tactics School Atlantic (SWATSLANT), VF-143, VF-11, VFA-105 and Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan. Along with graduating from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), Captain Mathewson’s non-flying tours included USJFCOM J7, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) Air Officer (Last Big-E Airboss) and USNATO.
Captain Mathewson has commanded at sea in the VFA-105 “Gunslingers” from December 2010 to February 2012 and ashore as Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan from March 2016 to February 2019.
Captain Mathewson has flown more than 4,200 hours in the T-34C, T-2C, TA-4J, F-14, F/A-18E/F and UC-12F.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat “V”, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal with Combat “V”, Strike Flight Air Medal (8), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various other unit and service/campaign awards.