Captain Matt “Flounder” Arny was raised in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. As a Naval Flight Officer, he flew in both the F-14B and F/A-18F serving tours in VF-102 and VFA-103 and then as Commanding Officer in VFA-154.
Captain Arny deployed on USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while participating in Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in Iraq, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Tomodachi providing disaster relief in Japan. During additional sea tours, Captain Arny served as Assistant Navigator on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Operations Officer on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
Captain Arny’s shore tours include U.S. Naval Attaché to the Kingdom of Sweden, Operational Test Director in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine Detachment Pt. Mugu and Executive Assistant to the Chief, U.S. Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
Captain Arny has logged over 3,000 flight hours in the F-14A/B/D, F/A-18B/D/F, JAS-39D, F-4, F-5, F-16, TA-4 and various other aircraft accumulating over 700 arrested landings.