Major Melissa Matu'u

Recruiting Officer & AS100 Instructor
Major Melissa Matu'u posing in front of green background.

Maj Matu'u is the Recruiting Officer and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 835, University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. She is responsible for a large recruiting market and areas including the Denton and Dallas metropolis where her focus and is on-campus and local recruiting events for UNT and crosstown universities as well as educating and inspiring future Air Force officers.

Maj Matu'u received her commission in 2012 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 175, University of Hawai'i. Upon completion of initial qualification training at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; she served as a Missile Combat Crew Commander, Instructor, and Flight Commander in the320­th and 12th Missile Squadrons. Maj Matu'u returned to the 532d Training Squadron as an instructor and flight commander of maintenance training where she led a flight of 33 noncommissioned officers and overseeing three Community College of the Air Force accredited maintenance training courses, graduating 172 missile maintainers annually.

Maj Matu'u is married to Seth Matu'u they and have three children Eli (9), Ellieanna (7), and Sky Elizabeth (5).


2012 Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, Hawai'i

2013 Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

2018 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2020 Masters of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberty University, Virginia

2022 Academic Instructor School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama


1. October 2012--July 2013, Student, Initial Qualification Training, 532d Training Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base California

2. July 2013--August 2016, Missile Combat Crew Commander, 90th Operations Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming

3. August 2016--December 2019, Instructor and Flight Commander, 341st Operations Group, Malmstrom AFB, Montana

4. December 2019--June 2022, Instructor and Flight Commander, 532d Training Squadron, Vandenberg SFB, California

5. June 2022--Present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Detachment 835, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Combat Readiness Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal


Second Lieutenant June 2, 2012

First Lieutenant August 9, 2014

Captain August 9, 2016

Major February 1, 2022