Cdr. Matthew E. Dryden

Executive Officer, USS Gettysburg (CG 64)

08 July 2021

Studio portrait of Cmdr. Matthew E. Dryden
Cmdr. Matthew E. Dryden
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Matthew E. Dryden
Cmdr. Matthew E. Dryden
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Matthew E. Dryden
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 210708-N-OW182-0006
The son of a career Air Force Master Sergeant, Matthew E. Dryden is a 2005 graduate of the Citadel, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and Military Affairs with a minor in Diplomatic and Military History.  He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
His assignments at sea include tours aboard the cruisers USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) as the Electrical Officer and Fire Control Officer from 2006 to 2009 and USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58) as the Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer from 2013 to 2015. He commanded USS WHIRLWIND (PC 11) from 2015 to 2017. 
During his sea tours, he completed multiple deployments to the U.S. Fifth and Sixth Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
Ashore, Dryden served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. Fifth Fleet and as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Command.
He is currently slated to be the Executive Officer of USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64).
Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and various meritorious, service, and campaign awards.

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