US ArmyAugust 2013 to CurrentEngineer Dive Detachment Commander
Meritorious Service Medal.
Matt was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service as a deployed detachment commander forward staged at the Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait.
Army Commendation Medal.
Matt was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as a platoon leader and task force engineer while assigned to Baumholder, Germany.
2014 Macarthur Leadership Award Nominee.
Won the nomination as the most outstanding company grade officer in the 30th Engineer Battalion and the 20th Engineer Brigade.
The nomination is currently competing at the 18th Airborne Corps headquarters against the winning company grade leaders from the 3rd Infantry Division, the 10th Mountain Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Road running.
Matt has competed in one Marathon, three half marathons, as a member of Fort Eustis's US Army's Ten Miler race in Washington, DC, and several shorter races in and around the Williamsburg, Virginia area.
Small Group Leader/Facilitator and member of the King of Glory Lutheran church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Matt leads and facilitates a group of nine congregation members in additional social gatherings and study of religious material.
Matt and Emma have participated in charitable banquet events to include the American Heart Association's primary fundraising event, the Heart Ball, in Washington, DC and the Williamsburg Community Foundation's Anniversary Gala.
FOREIGN TRAVEL UNDERTAKEN: Kuwait - Deployment as an Engineer Dive Detachment Commander for seven months in 2013 and 2014.
Jordan - Conducting military operations as an Engineer Dive Detachment Commander in and around Amman and Aqaba for seven days in 2013.
Germany - Assigned to Baumholder Germany from May 2009 to April 2012.
Visited the cities of Heidelberg, Koln, Munich, Stuttgart, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Kaiserslautern.
Greece - Vacationed on the island of Kalymnos for five days in 2012.
Sweden - Vacationed in Stockholm for four days in 2012.
France - Several tourism trips to Paris, Metz, Epernay, and Versailles affording my wife the opportunity to practice her French in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Italy - Vacationed and visited family in Rome and Venice for two days and four days respectively in 2010 and 2012.
Spain - Vacationed and practiced language skills in Barcelona and Mallorca for seven days and four days respectively in 2007 and 2010.
Afghanistan - Deployed as a Task Force Engineer for ten months in 2011.
Thailand - Vacationed in Thailand for 14 days in 2011.
South Korea - Internship with a US Army Signal Corps unit in Daegu, South Korea.
Afforded the opportunity to tour Seoul and the visit the Joint Security Area that straddles the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjom in 2007.
Puerto Rico - Traveled to San Juan four times for ten days each for winter training as part of the United States Military Academy's NCAA Division I swim team between 2004 and 2007.
Dominican Republic - Honeymooned in Punta Cana for five days in 2010.
Belgium - Vacationed in Brussels for four days in 2009.
England - Vacationed and visited family for four days twice in 2010 and 2012.
Czech Republic - Vacationed in Prague for three days in 2009.
US ArmyOctober 2010 to March 2012Armor Battalion Task Force Engineer
Task Force Engineer
for a five company Armor Battalion forward deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Provided the commander and staff with recommendations and served as the subject matter expert regarding mobility, counter-mobility, survivability, and general engineering.
Synchronized combat and construction engineer effects on the battlefield.
Leveraged assets and resources to assist in countering improvised explosive device targeting.
Responsible for training and fielding improvised explosive device defeating equipment.
Responsible for developing and implementing an improvised explosive device instructional package for the Afghan National Police in Uruzgan Province (~5,000 police).
Operationally incorporated and acted as the liaison for explosive ordnance disposal teams, route clearance companies, and US Navy Sea Bees.
Served as the battalion's electronic warfare, force protection, personnel recovery and environmental compliance officer.
US ArmyMay 2009 to October 2010Mechanized Combat Engineer Platoon Leader
Platoon leader of a mechanized combat engineer platoon stationed at Smith Barracks, Germany in support of the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Responsible for scheduling and resourcing training events for 30 Soldiers.
Converted company mission essential task list into an executable set of training events.
Responsible for the maintenance and operation of five vehicles as well as sets, kits, and outfits totaling in excess of $2 million.
Conducted mentorship and professional development of subordinate non-commissioned officers and soldiers.
United States Military AcademyBachelor's of Science: Engineering ManagementWest PointGPA: Graduated in 2008 as a member of the Dean's List.Engineering Management Graduated in 2008 as a member of the Dean's List.
VOLUNTEER, PUBLIC SERVICE, POLITICAL WORK: Matt volunteered as the head coach the Villages of Westminster Kraken Swim Team from May-August 2014. He worked with more than thirty age group swimmers instilling a spirit of competition and confidence in a sport many of the children had participated in for less than two seasons. MEMBERSHIPS IN HONORARY SOCIETIES, AWARDS FOR SERVICE OR LEADERSHIP: Bronze Star Medal. Matt was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious service as a Task Force Engineer assigned to Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.