Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Anthony Seavitte is a native of Missouri and is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Meteorology and Climatology. He completed Officer Candidate School and commissioned in December 2003. 2ndLt Seavitte reported to the Basic School in January 2004 with Bravo Company 2-04. Following graduation, he reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination (API) and was assigned to the VT-6 “Shooters” at NAS Whiting Field, FL for T-34C Primary Flight Training in July 2004. Upon selection for TACAIR, 2ndLt Seavitte reported to NAS Kingsville, TX for Advanced Jet Training in the T-45A with VT-22 “Golden Eagles” in May 2005. He earned his Naval Aviator designation in June 2006 and reported to MAG-14, MCAS Cherry Point, NC and VMAT-203 “Hawks” for AV-8B Harrier flight training.
In September 2007, 1stLt Seavitte reported to VMA-231 “Ace of Spades” for duty and was assigned to HMM-264/26th MEU deployment aboard the USS IWO JIMA in 2008. He served as the Powerline OIC, Flight Equipment OIC, and earned his Basic LSO and Section Leader designations. Upon return, Captain Seavitte joined the full VMA-231 squadron for a deployment in August 2009 to Kandahar, AFG, serving as the Future Operations Officer, conducting combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmand Province, AFG. Captain Seavitte was the escort flight leader for the February 2010 invasion of Marjah, AFG, supporting the insert of the 3rd Battalion/6 Marines.
In July 2010, Captain Seavitte reported to Marine Corps University, MCB Quantico, VA to attend the resident Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS). Following PME completion in May 2011, Captain Seavitte returned to MAG-14/MCAS Cherry Point, NC and to VMA-231 for a second tour with the “Ace of Spades.” He served as the Airframes OIC and earned his Division Leader designation, Low Altitude Tactics Instructor (LATI), and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) qualifications. In January 2013, Captain Seavitte was assigned to VMM-266/26th MEU aboard the USS KEARSARGE and served as the Assistant OPSO and Pilot Training Officer and earned his Advanced LSO qualification. Upon return, Major Seavitte served as the VMA-231 Director of Safety and Standardization and earned his Air Combat Tactics Instructor (ACTI) qualification, Mission Commander, NATOPS and Instrument Instructor designations, and graduated from the MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 2-14 in April 2014. He was assigned in July 2014, to VMM-365/24th MEU aboard the USS IWO JIMA, serving as the AV-8B Detachment Pilot Training Officer and the ACE Future Operations Officer. Major Seavitte earned his Training LSO (TLSO) qualification during this tour.
In July 2015, Major Seavitte returned to MCB Quantico, VA to attend the Marine Corps University resident Command and Staff College (CSC). Major Seavitte graduated with distinction and earned his master’s degree in Military Science, also with distinction. Upon graduation, Major Seavitte returned to MAG-14/MCAS Cherry Point and reported to VMA-223 “The Great American Bulldogs” to serve as the Operations Officer from June 2016 through May 2017. He then reported to VMA-542 “Tigers” to serve as the VMM-162/26th MEU AV-8B Detachment OIC aboard the USS IWO JIMA deployment in 2018. During this deployment, the AV-8B Detachment conducted combat operations in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) in June 2018 from Isa AB, Bahrain.
Upon return from deployment in August 2018, Major Seavitte reported to Scott AFB, IL for a joint service tour with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) J3 Mobility Requirements Division as an action officer and the USTRANSCOM and Air Mobility Command (AMC) long-range strategic air refueling planner. In September 2019, Major Seavitte served as the Future Operations Branch Chief, J3 Mobility Requirements Division at USTRANSCOM. In May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lieutenant Colonel Seavitte was hand-selected by the Combatant Commander to represent USTRANSCOM and the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise (JDDE) at the USG inter-agency level and coordinate with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Military Service Departments, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), commercial industry partners, and other federal departments for the overseas distribution of all COVID-19 vaccines.
In July 2021, Lieutenant Colonel Seavitte reported to MAG-14/MCAS Cherry Point, NC for AV-8B refresher training with VMAT-203.
Lieutenant Colonel Seavitte has accumulated over 1700 hours in the AV-8B Harrier. His decorations include (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medals, (4) Strike/Flight Awards, (2) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and (2) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.