The guest speaker at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s Veterans Day program will be retired Lt. Comdr. Matthew R. Coulter, United States Navy.

Borgia High School will host its annual Veterans Day program this Thursday, Nov. 8, beginning at 1:50 p.m. in the gym.

Veterans should plan to arrive at 1:30 p.m. All members of the school community are invited to attend.

Veterans can RSVP to Steve Lahay at 636-358-1417 or email slahay@sbcglobal.net.

Coulter is a 1995 graduate of SFBRHS and graduated cum laude with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He has several certificates of training to include Aviation Safety (ASO), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Commercial Pilot License Instructor.

About Coulter

LCDR Coulter enlisted in the Navy Sept. 11, 1997. He began his career at  Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill.

From there he reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation electronics technician training. Once completed, Airman Coulter met up the USS Saipan out at sea off the coast of Greece.

In just four short years he completed two Mediterranean deployments, earned the ranks of Third Class, Second Class and First Class Petty Officer, as well as other personal and command awards.

In 2002, he was selected to the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program and reported to the University of Missouri-Columbia NROTC unit. Upon completion of that tour, he earned his commission as a United States naval officer.

In 2006, Ensign Coulter left Missouri for NAS Pensacola, for a second time, to complete Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) training. After API, he checked into NAS Milton, Fla., in Fixed Wing Training Squadron 6 where he learned to fly the T-34C Turbo Mentor during basic flight training.

Ensign Coulter finished at the top of his class and chose to fly the most advanced fighter aircraft for the Navy. This decision took him to Fixed Wing Training Squadron 22, NAS Kingsville, Texas, where he excelled at flying the T-45C Goshawk and learned how to land on an aircraft carrier in advanced flight training.

Upon completion of training, he selected Fighter Attack Squadron 125, NAS Lemoore, Calif., to learn to fly the F/A-18C Hornet.

From 2009-2015, Coulter completed two tours in the Hornet as a fleet pilot in Fighter Attack Squadron 97 and as an instructor pilot in Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 101, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, Calif.

During his tour at VFA-97, he flew combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While at VMFAT-101, he taught young pilots to learn how to fly the Hornet and earned Flight Instructor of the Year.

His final tour was as an F-35C Lightning II instructor pilot at Fighter Attack Squadron 101, where he was a pioneer for the community developing the carrier qualification syllabus and qualifying the first 25 pilots ever to land this new airframe on an aircraft carrier. He accrued almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 350 carrier landings.

LCDR Coulter was awarded the Air Medal (2), Naval Commendation Medal (2), Naval Achievement Medal (4), and other personal awards. He also earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and his coveted Wings of Gold.

After 21 years serving his country, LCDR Coulter retired Oct. 1, 2018. He is currently working at The Boeing Company as a program management specialist lead for F/A-18 training systems.

He has been married to Carrie (Bell) Coulter, SFBRHS Class of 1995, for 20 years and they have two children, Izabella and Hunter.