A native of San Clemente, Calif., and the son of a Marine Corps Infantry Officer, Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in History. His education also includes a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego School of Business, and Joint Professional Military Education from the U.S. Naval War College.
His operational assignments include initial and department head service with the World Famous World Watchers of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1; Assistant Operations Officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln; Executive and 80th Commanding Officer of the Grey Knights of Patrol Squadron (VP) 46; and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Training for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He has made several extended deployments in support of Operations Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Warden, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Unified Assistance, Inherent Resolve, Freedom Sentinel, and Final Countdown. He has accumulated more than 2,500 mishap free flight hours and over 25 carrier-arrested landings.
His shore assignments include overseas assignments in Japan as the Current and Assistant Operations Officer for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 57/72 where he detached frequently to the Arabian Gulf; Aide and Executive Assistant to the Commanding General, Joint Task Force (JTF) Civil Support, U.S. Northern Command; Requirements Officer to OPNAV for Naval Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance systems (N2/N6); and Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, War Fighting Assessments, and the Chief Information Officer for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group.
Frauenzimmer assumed command of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads on July 28, 2021.
He has received numerous personal awards, including the 2016 Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award. The awards he is most proud of, however, are the various unit awards because they recognize excellence in collaboration and teamwork.