Lieutenant Colonel Tim Matthews enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990 and served for 12 years as an
enlisted Marine prior to his commissioning from Officer Candidate School 2002. Lieutenant Colonel
Matthews is an Air Support Control Officer, MOS 7202 and has served in a variety of Marine Air
Command and Control billets at the company and field grade levels. His key assignments include
serving as a Platoon Commander, DASC Company Commander, Operations Officer, and Executive
Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Matthews deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 as Air Support Liaison Team OIC
assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 and to the Horn of Africa in 2006-2007 as platoon commander
assigned to the 6th Provisional Security Company.
In addition to his primary MOS, Lieutenant Colonel Matthews has served in the Reserve Support
Program and as a joint planner for the Joint Planning Support Element, Joint Enabling Capabilities
Command. His recent operational deployments include strategic and operational planning for
Northeast Asia, embassy reinforcement/ evacuation Libya, and Joint Special Operations Task Force-
Lieutenant Colonel Matthews’ formal military education includes Officer Candidate School, The Basic
School, Air Support Control Officer’s Course, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Expeditionary
Warfare School (seminar), Marine Corps Command and Staff (seminar), and the Naval Command and
Staff (resident) and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. Lieutenant Colonel Matthews has
also completed DSCA I and II, the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, and United Kingdom
Lieutenant Colonel Matthews’ awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint
Service Commendation Medals and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as
various service and unit awards.
Lieutenant Colonel Matthews is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in History and an M.Ed in
Secondary Education. He is currently an 8th grade U.S. History teacher and lives with his wife of 22 years and
their four children.