Matthew Rutschky

Matthew Rutschky

Title: Senior Chief Petty Officer Rutschky

Company: United States Navy

Location: State College, Pennsylvania, United States

Matthew Rutschky, Senior Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

Mr. Rutschky’s Naval career was as a Navy Photographer’s Mate and his area of expertise was in Naval Leadership, camera repair, aerial photography, and digital periscope photography onboard Naval Nuclear Fast Attack Submarines on both the East Coast and West Coast. He at one time led over sixty personnel in the Operations Department on a Nuclear Aircraft Carrier directly contributing to the safety and freedom of the United States. Chief Petty Officer Rutschky accumulated more than twenty-six years in the United States Navy retiring in 2002. He started his Naval career at the Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois in1976 and proceeded to Photographer’s Mate “A” school in Pensacola, FL, where he was very successful. While there, a Photographer’s Mate Master Chief asked him if he would like to be an aerial photographer. Mr. Rutschky asked  him if it was dangerous and he responded by asking, “I’m still here, right?!” And so, Mr. Rutschky began flying in the back seats of jets, helicopters and P3 submarine reconnaissance aircraft. He still considers it to be “the best job ever.”

Photography has long been his passion, having grown up watching his father create annual Christmas card images in their family home’s darkroom in the basement. Once Mr. Rutschky went down to the basement and experimented making an image by himself, he was shocked! When the photographic paper was placed into the developing tray the image was observed gradually appearing like magic, that is where it all started.

Throughout his career, Matthew received numerous accolades for his work. These included various Navy Commendations, Navy Achievement Awards, as well as awards for being directly involved in Desert Storm on the USS Eisenhower CVN-69. In his academic pursuits, he received associate’s degrees in Photonics and  Electrical Engineering from Three Rivers Community College in CT. He also achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Information, Sciences and Technology, (IST), from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Additionally, he took coursework in IST towards a master’s degree at The Pennsylvania State University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rutschky maintained an affiliation with Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), The Leading International Honor Society for Technology and The Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association. He attributes his success to doing what he was told and always showing up on time. He was guided by his motto to ‘never say no,’ which helped lead to the most interesting and amazing opportunities. Though now retired, he has been helping others and contributing many hours volunteering in the local community.

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