Chief(Select) Aviation Structural Mechanic Matthew Bellin, a native of Green Bay, WI, enlisted in the Navy September 1998 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. He then completed Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” school at Naval Air Technical Training Command in Pensacola, FL.
Bellin reported to his first duty station in March 1999 at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL. Performed his duties as an aircraft structural mechanic in the airframes work center. From here he transferred to Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL. During this tour he earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designation and advanced to the rank of Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class.
He then transferred to Scientific Development Squadron One (VXS-1) in Patuxent River, VA where he was selected as Sailor of the Quarter and met his wife.
He then transferred back to Pensacola, FL upon being hand-selected to be a member of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, as crew chief for the #3 jet, and was ultimately selected for the position of crew coordinator to lead the maintenance department as the leading petty officer. While with the Blue angels he also celebrated the birth of his first child.
Bellin’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards).
He is married to the former Kathryn Christine Wetzler of Daytona Beach, FL and they have a daughter Emerson Joy, 2.