NAME: COL Matthew Tackett
DATES OF SERVICE:
AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Mertorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, JCSM, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Valorous Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Wings, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, German, Canadian, Italian, Peruvian Foreign Jump Wings.
SUMMARY OF SERVICE:
COL Tackett served as the Battalion Commander of 1-509th from 30 May 2013 - 30 July 2015. During this period, the then LTC Tackett submitted a Force Design Update for growing the Battalion which was approved by the Army. LTC Tackett and his command team constructed the current MTOE based off operational and OPFOR task specific requirements, growing the Battalion by one Rifle Company, a Forward Support Company, and growing the Staff and Headquarters Company to address Fire Support, Combat Engineering, and Air Defense requirement. LTC Tackett oversaw the growth of the Geronimo Footprint that included motor pool expansion, battalion and company command post expansion, and construction of the battalion obstacle course. Additionally, the battalion re-invigorated its combat focused training with Team through Company Live Fire Exercises and the conduct on Battalion Level Night Mass Tactical Airborne Operations with follow on objectives. Coordinated and executed Foreign Jump Wing exchange with Italian and Peruvian Jumpmasters. Lastly, conducted 22 CTC rotations, with 16 Decisive Action CTC rotations, assisting in the transition of the Army’s BCT Combat Readiness back to high intensity capability.
COL Tackett also served as a Ranger Company Commander in 1st Ranger Battalion, deploying 5 times with the Ranger Regiment. He also served on two occasions with the 1-502nd IN, 2nd BDE, 101st Airborne Division. During his last assignment with 1-502nd ,then MAJ Tackett served as the Battalion operations Officer during the 15 month surge to North West Baghdad. COL Tackett has served as a Bradley Company Commander in Germany, deploying during Peace Keeping Operations in the Balkans, served as an Exchange Officer whilst instructing at the Australian Infantry School, and served as the G3 of Fort Polk and as an Infantry Battalion Task Force Senior at JRTC. COL Tackett is currently serving as a Military Professor at the Naval War College.
COLT Tackett established and maintained contact with 2 Geronimo World War II Veterans in New England, whom he conducted a letter exchange with and visited. He continues to mentor Geronimo Officers and NCOs throughout their career.
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