CDR Ryan Mattson is a native of Portland, Oregon. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies, and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in 2002 in Pensacola, Florida. Following flight training in Kingsville, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2005 and reported to VAQ-129 for fleet replacement training in the EA-6B Prowler.Iwakuni, Japan in support of 7th Fleet Operations.
CDR Mattson began his operational flying in April 2006 with the Shadowhawks of VAQ-141. While a Shadowhawk he deployed aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), flying combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and received the VAQ-141 Junior Officer Leadership Excellence Award.
CDR Mattson reported to VFA-122 for transition flight training in the F/A-18E/F and remained on as an Instructor Pilot until September 2010. He then reported for duty at the EA-18G Fleet Replacement Squadron as an Instructor Pilot and Carrier Qualification Phase Head. In May 2012 CDR Mattson reported to CVW-2 as Airwing Landing Signals Officer, where he deployed aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).
CDR Mattson returned to the Shadowhawks as a Department Head, where he completed six forward deployed patrols aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 77) in support of USINDOPACOM operations. As a Department Head, he served as Aviation Safety Officer, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer helping the Shadowhawk team earn back-to-back CNAP Battle E Awards.
Following his department head tour, CDR Mattson served as Strategic Plans Officer, U.S. Forces Japan, J-5 Directorate. While on the U.S. Forces Japan Staff, he directly supported Joint and Bilateral strategic contingency plan requirements in support of USINDOPACOM operations.
CDR Mattson has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in 7 aircraft and 565 carrier arrested landings, including 42 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service awards and ribbons.