BioLieutenant Matthew Eckes is from Palo, Iowa. LT Eckes joined the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program through Iowa State University, and graduated with Bachelor's of Science degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics.
After graduation from ISU, LT Eckes attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island before commissioning as a Submarine Nuclear Power Officer.
After attending Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC and Nuclear Prototype training, LT Eckes served on the USS Alaska (SSBN 732) as the Main Propulsion Assistant and Communicator.
LT Eckes is currently the Submarine Nuclear Power Officer at the ISU NROTC unit, and serves as an advisor for prospective submarine officers.