Maj. Gen. Roger F. Mathews
Deputy Commanding General
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)
Major General Roger F. Mathews became the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific May 29, 2011. His previous assignment was as the Commandant, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla. He served as the Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, from July 2007 until August 2009.
MG Mathews graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in 1978 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery. After attending the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 59th Air Defense Artillery (Red Lions), 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), in Mainz, Germany, where he served as Vulcan Platoon Leader, Battery Maintenance Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Vulcan Battery Commander and Battalion S-3. Following that and the Advanced Course, he served as Commander, 50th Public Affairs Detachment, Fort McPherson, Ga., and later as the Fort McPherson Post Public Affairs Officer. In 1987, he was reassigned to Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., as an Air Defense Analyst and Observer Controller. In 1990, he attended Command and General Staff College, followed by an assignment to the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Riley, Kan., as a G3 Plans Officer and as the battalion S-3 in the division's 2d Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery.
In 1993, MG Mathews was assigned to Joint Task Force Six (JTF-6) at Fort Bliss, Texas. Over the next three years, he served as the Texas Current Operations Officer; Chief, Operations Division (J-3) and Deputy Director, J-3/5. In 1996, MG Mathews was assigned as the battalion commander, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (I Strike) in Kitzingen, Germany. In 1998, he attended the Army War College followed by an assignment to U.S. Joint Forces Command as an exercise planner at the Joint Warfighting Center, Norfolk, Va.
In July 2001, MG Mathews assumed command of the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, located in Giebelstadt, Germany. He also served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. from January 2006 until July 2007. Prior to these assignments, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and as the Assistant Commandant, U. S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss.
His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
"We will remain dedicated that your Army in the Pacific is prepared with the right training, the right equipment and the preservation of the nation's greatest resource -- our sons and daughters and their families."
Francis J. Wiercinski