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Nov 6, 2009 12:29 PM by Jthibodeaux

Matthew Cruse Joins Lafayette Airport Commission

Local Businessman and Former Naval Aviator Joins Lafayette Airport Commission

Businessman and former Naval aviator Matthew Cruse of Lafayette was recently appointed by the Lafayette City-Parish Council to serve on the Lafayette Airport Commission. Cruse, who is director of business development and operations manager for Burner Fire Control, Inc., is an experienced aviator who served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and as a Naval reservist for an additional four years. Cruse will serve on the commission for four years.

"We're pleased to welcome Matt to the commission," says Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Paul Segura. "His background as a successful businessman and his piloting experience will provide valuable insight into matters that come before the commission. We look forward to working with him and are excited by what he brings to the commission."

Cruse's company is a family-owned business that specializes in the manufacture and service of industrial and commercial firefighting equipment. Under his guidance, the company has seen a fivefold increase in equipment sales over a three-year period.

During his time in the Navy, Cruse accumulated several thousand hours piloting the F-14 Tomcat and F-18 Super Hornet. He flew numerous combat sorties in Iraq and served as a tactical flight instructor for junior Naval aviators. During his time in the Naval Reserve, he served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Security Forces at the Naval Air Station in New Orleans where he was responsible for the operational and administrative management of the security and anti-terrorism force protection unit. Prior to that role, he served as Executive Officer in the Aircraft Carrier Manpower Support Group, where he personally led unit deployments to aircraft carriers supporting the global war on terror.

He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master's degree in business administration from Texas A&M University.

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