Colonel Lindsay R. Matthews

Col. Lindsay “Riley” Matthews commissioned in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in May 1999 after graduating from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.

Matthews served in numerous leader and staff positions, beginning as a heavy decontamination platoon leader in the 23th Chemical Battalion in Pusan, Republic of Korea. She was then assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to serve as the battalion chemical officer for the 1st Battalion (Attack Reconnaissance), 229th Aviation Regiment, and then as a dual purpose platoon leader for the 101st Chemical Company in Fort Bragg. In 2002, she deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan as the chemical biological radiological nuclear (CBRN) operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 180.

After the Captains Career Course and Combined Arms Services and Staff School in 2004 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Matthews returned to Korea as the 2nd Infantry Division chemical operations officer at Camp Red Cloud, Uijongbu. She returned to Fort Bragg in 2005 as the chemical officer for 82nd Airborne Division Artillery (DIVARTY), deployed to Louisiana in support of Operation Katrina, and supported the transition from DIVARTY to Brigade Combat Team. From 2006-2008 she commanded Higher Headquarters Company, 508th Special Troop Battalion, at Fort Bragg, deploying to Afghanistan’s Logar Province for 15 months. Upon relinquishing command and redeployment, Matthews served as the Chemical Branch proponent and instructor in the Department of Military Instruction at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

In 2011, Matthews moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, to be the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deputy chemical officer; from 2012 to 2014 Matthews was the operations officer and then executive officer for the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion, ensuring the quality of life, healthcare, and leadership for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers. From 2014 to 2017, Matthews served as operations planner for U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Matthews commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Central, from 2017 to 2019 at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, leading over 1,100 Soldiers, civilians, and contractors across four different nations.

Matthews is a graduate of the Chemical Officer Basic and Career courses (distinguished honor graduate), the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, the Technical Escort Course, the Jumpmaster School, Command and General Staff School, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and the Air War College.

Matthews holds a Master of Public Administration (John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City) and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College.

Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (5), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award (2), the Combat Action Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Parachutist Badge.