Lieutenant Commander Matthew Grove

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Grove, a native of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2000.  Following boot camp and Information Systems Technician "A" School, he completed Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Dive School and Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal. In 2006, Grove was selected for the Seaman to Admiral-21 Program and attended the University of South Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and receiving his commission as an officer in 2009.  In 2016, Grove was selected for the Navy Fleet Scholars Education Program and attended a dual-degree program at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with high honors and earning a Master in Business Administration and Master of Science in Public Policy Management.
 
As an enlisted EOD technician, Grove was assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 Detachment 51, Sasebo, Japan, where he qualified as a senior EOD technician, naval parachutist, and diving supervisor, and  EODMU-2 Detachment 18, Virginia Beach, Virginia, deploying in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
His officer assignments include service as platoon leader for two EOD special operations forces (SOF) platoons, SOF company commander, and assistant operations officer to EODMU-5, Guam, deploying to Okinawa, Japan, in support of 1-1 Special Forces Group (Airborne) and to Iraq in support of a Joint Special Operations Task Force and Operation New Dawn. He also served with EODMU-6 Detachment Mayport, Florida, as officer in charge; Special Operations Command Central, Tampa, Florida, as the EOD staff officer and a counter weapons of mass destruction and crisis response planner; and Navy Expeditionary Forces Command Pacific-Task Force (CTF) 75, Guam, as the EOD and diving planner and future operations officer.
 
In October 2020, he reported to the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City Beach, Florida, as executive officer.
 
Grove’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and various service and campaign awards earned by commands with which he has served. He is a qualified EOD warfare officer.

Last Updated: 26 February 2021

 
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