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Ms. Lucinda Matteson

CAStLE Cost Center Manager

Department of Engineering Mechanics

Contact Information

(719) 333-8507



Lucinda Matteson is the Cost Center Manager for the Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE) in the Department of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy. She manages a budget that averages $30M per year as well as takes care of CAStLE’s general administrative tasks. She has been with CAStLE for 8 years.

Prior to joining CAStLE, Lucinda served on active duty in the Air Force retiring as a MSgt after 24 years of service. She was assigned to aircraft maintenance for most of her career. Her last assignment on active duty was as the Family Support Center (now Airman & Family Readiness Center) Superintendent. This last assignment is where she learned to work budget. The combination of her budget and maintenance experience bring a unique background blend to her role as Cost Center Manager for CAStLE.


1998 Associate of Applied Science degree in avionics systems technology, Community College of the Air Force

Professional Experience

Sept 1981 – Oct 1996, Aircraft Mechanic – Avionics Systems, USAF

Oct 1996 – Jun 2001, Communications Team Chief, 615 Tanker/Airlift Control Element (TALCE), Travis AFB, CA

Jun 2001 – Aug 2005, Family Support Center Superintendent, Mission Support Squadron, Travis AFB, CA

Jul 2010 – Present, Cost Center Manager, Center for Aircraft Life Extension (CAStLE), U.S. Air Force Academy

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal , 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Antarctic Service Medal

AF Outstanding Unit Award, 7 Oak Leaf Clusters

NCO of the year, Air Mobility Group, Travis AFB, CA. 2001

Civilian of the Quarter, Cat I (DF level)

Civilian of the Quarter, Cat II (DF level)

Distinguished Graduate, Senior NCO Academy, Peterson AFB, CO. 1998