The son of a retired Navy Chief Gunner's Mate, Rear Adm. Mathis was raised around the world, but considers himself to be an Oregonian. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Seattle University in 1970 and was commissioned in May 1971 from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. In 1983, he received his Master of Science degree in physics, upon completion of the Weapons Engineering Curriculum, from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. He was designated an Acquisition Professional in December 1991. He was promoted to his present rank in February 2003.
Rear Adm. Mathis' sea assignments included duty as: Electrical Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer in USS Chicago (CG 11); Operations Officer, USS Cayuga (LST 1186); Weapons Officer, USS Stein (FF 1065); Combat Systems Officer, Destroyer Squadron 33; Executive Officer, USS George Philip (FFG 12); and Commanding Officer, USS Jesse L. Brown (FF 1089).
His shore duty assignments include: Director of the Surface Electronic Warfare Decoy Branch, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; Director of the Directed Energy Weapons Division, SPAWAR, developing technology for future laser, charged particle beam, and high power microwave weapons systems; Chief-of-Staff for the Program Executive Office for Theater Air Defense; and Commanding Officer of the Naval Warfare Assessment Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Corona, Calif.
In June 1997, he returned to D.C. as the Standard Missile Program Manager, where he was responsible for developing the next generation of missiles for ballistic missile defense. His first flag assignment was Commander, Naval Ordnance Center and concurrently as NAVSEA's Deputy Commander for Battle Force Interoperability. He commanded the Naval Surface Warfare Center from April 1999 to February 2003 and served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Chief Engineer from July 2001 until February 2003. Rear Adm. Mathis was also the first Single Integrated Air Picture (SIAP) System Engineer, an OSD/Joint Staff/JFCOM sponsored program tasked with improving joint and coalition force interoperability and warfighting capability.
In February 2003 Rear Adm. Mathis was assigned as Director, Joint Air and Missile Defense Organization (JTAMDO), a component of the Joint Staff. Shortly thereafter he was assigned additional duties as the Director, Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense and as the Deputy Director, Joint Staff, J-8 for Force Protection.
Rear Adm. Mathis' military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit (three Gold Stars), the Meritorious Service Medal (two Gold Stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star), the Combat Action Ribbon, the Battle Efficiency Award and various other service and campaign awards.
Updated: 15 March 2005