Lieutenant Matthew Arsenault is a native of Warren, MI and graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Following his graduation from Michigan Tech, LT Arsenault received his commission at Officer Candidate School in January 2012 and reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command for initial nuclear power and submarine officer training. After completing Nuclear Power School in Goose Creek, SC, qualifying as Engineering Officer of the Watch at the MARF Power Plant in Ballston Spa, NY, and graduating from Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, CT, he reported to USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) at Pearl Harbor, HI in December 2013.
Aboard OLYMPIA, LT Arsenault served as Electrical Officer, Reactor Control Assistant, Communications Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Operational Safety Officer. Other duties included Ship’s Diving Officer, Intelligence Officer, and EKMS/COMSEC Manager. During his tour, OLYMPIA completed a Western Pacific deployment and a fifteen month major CNO availability at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
In December 2016, LT Arsenault departed OLYMPIA and reported to Amphibious Squadron ONE (CPR-1), embarked on USS ESSEX (LHD 2) in San Diego, CA as the staff Undersea Warfare Officer and Current Operations Officer. He served as Operations Officer/N3 for Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training and Integrated Phase deployment certification with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) prior to departing CPR-1 in July 2018.
LT Arsenault currently serves as an assistant professor of Naval Science, Nuclear Power Officer, Command Fitness Leader, Foreign Languages Officer, Advancement Testing Officer, and Academics Officer at the University of Michigan Naval ROTC. His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).