VADM J. Guy Reynolds Award

Established in 2010, The Vice Admiral J. Guy Reynolds Award for Excellence in Submarine Acquisition recognizes a member of the Submarine Acquisition Corps who has demonstrated professional excellence in submarine acquisition. One award is presented annually to an officer in the grade of Commander or Captain.

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2018 Award Winner: Captain Mark M. Matthews


For exceptionally meritorious service as Manager of the Advanced Undersea Systems Program Office (PMS 394).

Captain Matthews is responsible for the coordination of stakeholders across NAVSEA, Fleet, academia, and industry to turn our most complex and forward leaning ocean engineering requirements into capability for our Combatant Commanders. He led a highly performing team of scientists, engineers, support staff, and sailors in producing eye-watering maintenance availability results. The team under his leadership completed some of the most complex submarine maintenance on time to allow the Fleet to accomplish critical missions which ensure our national security. His contributions in the area of rapid acquisition, innovation, and ocean engineering were truly revolutionary. Particularly noteworthy was his work to deliver the submarine External Arrangeable Volume (EAV) which significantly enhanced the ability of submarines to support key ocean engineering research and development operations, expeditionary mine warfare, and special warfare operations. The significance of this accomplishment cannot be overstated, as it represents an extremely complex enhancement involving SUBSAFE, command and control, complex electronic interfaces, and understanding of the host platform to ensure safety, sound signature control, hydrodynamics, and mission flexibility. In addition, he worked side-by-side with submarine Type Commanders and Squadrons to take waterfront feedback and rapidly modify cutting-edge, undersea research and development systems to meet Fleet needs. As a testament to his leadership and performance, his team earned a Navy Unit Commendation for their work in advanced undersea research and development, unmanned undersea vehicles, and ocean engineering in support of critical Navy, Department of Defense, and National priorities. Captain Matthews exemplifies the finest attributes for an acquisition professional. He clearly merits recognition by the Naval Submarine League VADM J. Guy Reynolds Award for excellence in Submarine Acquisition.

Vice Admiral J. Guy Reynolds

Vice Admiral J. Guy Reynolds

VADM Reynolds graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1959. After serving aboard the destroyer USS Bausell (DD 845), he completed submarine and nuclear power training. Nine months later he qualified in submarines onboard the USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601), becoming the first officer to qualify in nuclear submarines without having previously qualified on a diesel submarine. VADM Reynolds subsequently served aboard USS Jack (SSN 605), USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640), and USS Sam Houston (SSBN 609). In 1969, VADM Reynolds served with the U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam. From 1973-1977, VADM Reynolds commanded the attack submarine USS Pintado (SSN 672). Following this command, he became Deputy Senior Member, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In this capacity, he certified the safety of seventy-two nuclear powered ships. In June 1979, VADM Reynolds took command of the submarine tender USS Sperry (AS 12). USS Sperry was responsible for the upkeep and modernization of submarines attached to the Pacific Fleet. VADM Reynolds commanded Submarine Squadron THREE from May 1980 until August 1981. He was then assigned as Project Manager, Torpedo MK 48, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC where he was responsible for development, procurement and testing of Navy torpedoes. While serving in that capacity, he was selected for flag rank.

In July 1983, VADM Reynolds became the Vice Director for Collection Management, Defense Intelligence Agency where he directed the Agency’s all-source collection effort. VADM Reynolds left DIA to become Director, Attack Submarines, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In September 1985, VADM Reynolds established the Navy’s Submarine Combat Systems Directorate, to direct the development, acquisition and maintenance of all submarine combat systems. In May 1987, VADM Reynolds took command of the Submarine Force, United States Pacific Fleet. He commanded the Force of 48 attack submarines, eight Trident submarines and associated support activities and nearly 20,000 people for twenty-nine months. After COMSUBPAC, VADM Reynolds assumed duties as Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements, Washington, DC He served in that position for three years before leaving active duty. VADM Reynolds has been awarded numerous service awards including the Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, and Legion of Merit with Three Gold Stars. He has a Master’s degree in Operations Research.

After retiring from active duty in 1992, VADM Reynolds consulted with numerous organizations in areas of international programs, business development, defense policy, nuclear power, mergers and acquisitions, program management and executive placement. He served as a member of the Defense Science Board, Chairman of the Board of MariPro, Inc., on various advisor boards and as the President, Naval Submarine League, Washington, DC.