Commander Matthew "Maka" Mazat

Cmdr. Makaala Mazat, a native of El Paso, Texas, enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and was commissioned through the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1999 after graduating from the University of Arizona and Officer Candidate School. His education includes attendance at Clemson University, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1998, and a Master’s of Business Administration, with a specialty in the Oil and Gas Industry, from the University of Houston in 2006. 

At sea, Mazat served as a junior officer aboard USS Connecticut (SSN 22); navigator aboard USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Blue); executive officer of USS Jefferson City (SSN 759); and officer in charge of the decommissioned Norfolk (SSN 714), towing Norfolk from Maine to Washington state. Mazat has completed multiple Western Pacific and three Arctic deployments. 

Mazat’s shore tours include naval science instructor at Rice University; Ohio-class guided-missile submarines and special operations forces officer for Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan; and submarine force navigator for Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic. He most recently served as deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 21 in Manama, Bahrain. 

He is currently serving as officer in charge, Submarine Learning Center Det. San Diego. 

Mazat’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). 

Last Updated: 29 October 2020

 
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