Dates of Service: 7/22/2011 - 7/26/2013
Birth Date: 6/30/1971
Matthew Bonner was born on June 30, 1971 in Seaford, New York and raised in Meredith, New Hampshire. He graduated from The Citadel in 1993, having earned his commission as ensign in the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit there. His first duty station was the guided missile cruiser Normandy (CG-60), which deployed to the Mediterranean in support of NATO operations in Bosnia. He then served in the transport dock Pensacola (LDS-38) for a year, during which time the ship participated in the evacuation of non-combatants from Albania, another NATO operation. He then came ashore as aide de camp at the Armed Forces Staff College, then served as a staff officer with the Afloat Training Group, Atlantic. In October 1999, he returned to sea in the guided missile frigate Nicholas (FFG-47), which was involved with a number of NATO exercises and deployed with the Enterprise Battle Group in support of operations in Afghanistan. He served ashore on the Naval Staff in the Pentagon from 2003 to 2005, then became the commissioning executive officer of the guided missile destroyer Farragut (DDG-99). He was a student at the Naval War College in 2007 and then served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon from 2008 to the middle of 2011.
Bonner assumed command of Constitution on July 22, 2011 and oversaw the navy’s commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812 in Boston.
After Constitution, Bonner served as deputy director of the Intelligence, Plans, and Security, Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
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