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Lt. Colonel Donovan Matteson

Recruiting Flight Commander

San Diego



Lieutenant Colonel Donovan J. Matteson is currently assigned as an
Assistant Professor of Aerospace studies, Air Force Reserve Officer
Training Corps Detachment 075, San Diego State University, California.
He is responsible for recruiting, educating, training, motivating, selecting, and commissioning officer candidates through a comprehensive college program.

Lt Col Matteson commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training
Corps in 2008 from the University of Portland. He is a KC-135R/T
Evaluator Pilot, logging over 2,000 flying hours in the KC-135, T-1 and
T-6. He has deployed four times in support of Operation ENDURING
FREEDOM, flying nearly 1000 combat hours in the KC-135, refueling US
and coalition aircraft. He has been assigned to MacDill AFB, FL and
Fairchild AFB, WA serving in various positions including Executive
Officer, Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight Commander, Chief of
Training, Chief of Standardization and Evaluations and Chief of Wing
Nuclear Operations Plans. He is a board selected Phoenix Mobility
Officer serving in positions including Operations Flight Commander,
Assistant Director of Operations, and Wing Executive Officer at the
621st Contingency Response Wing, NJ. He is also an Air Refueling
Control Team Chief having served in multiple exercises including Pacific Sentry and Austere Challenge. Lt Col Matteson is a joint qualified officer having served as a J5 planner at USSTRATCOM.

Awards & Honors

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • NATO Medal


  • 2008 Bachelor of Business Finance, University of Portland, OR
  • 2014 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
  • 2014 Masters of Business Sports Management with honors, American Military University, Charlestown, WV
  • 2020 Masters of Science Operations Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB,OH
  • 2022 Joint Combined Warfighting School, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA