BIOGRAPHY

Maj. Gen. William M. MatzDeputy Commanding General
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

     Maj. Gen. William M. Matz, Jr. was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.  Upon graduation from Gettysburg College, he received a commission as a second lieutenant and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.  Following this initial assignment, he served along the demilitarized zone in Korea with the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division and 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division successively as a rifle company commander and battalion S-3.  Upon his return from Korea, he was assigned to the Ranger Department, U.S. Army Infantry School.  In October 1967, he arrived in Vietnam and served as a rifle company commander with the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, in the Mekong Delta, where he was wounded in action during the 1968 Tet Offensive. 

    Upon return from Vietnam, he was assigned as Assistant Professor of Military Science, ROTC Department, Middlebury College, Vermont.  Gen. Matz returned to WESTPAC in June 1970 where, as Plans/Special Operations Officer on the Afloat Staff, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, he planned and participated in amphibious operations along the Vietnam coast.  In June 1973, he was assigned to the Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (ODCSOPS) at the Department of the Army as a strategic planner and Directorate Executive Officer until assuming command of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in July 1977.  In 1980, he returned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served as Division G3 from June 1980 to July 1982.  Following this assignment, he returned to Korea where he served as Chief, Force Development Division, G3/J3, Eighth Army/U.S. Forces Korea Staff. 

     In 1983, Gen. Matz assumed command of the 4th Training Brigade, U.S. Army Armor School.  Upon relinquishing command in 1985, he returned to the Army Staff as Deputy Director, Training Directorate, ODCSOPS.  This was followed by a tour of duty as Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense.  In August 1988, he became the Assistant Division Commander (Support), 7th Infantry Division (Light), and deployed with the Division to Panama on Operation JUST CAUSE.  Gen. Matz assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific in February 1990.  He then served as the Deputy Commanding General and interim Commanding General of First Corps and Fort Lewis from November 1991 until his retirement from the U.S. Army in September 1995. 

     Gen. Matz is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Airborne and Ranger Courses, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.  He received a BA degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a MA degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego. 

     Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

USARPAC MISSION

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.

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