Matt Seifert retired from the U.S. Army in the summer of 2012 when he and his family settled in St. Augustine, Florida. He opened his own company, responsible for all antinarcotics police training in the country of Colombia. Mr. Seifert worked for nearly three years in Colombia and at the Tallahassee Police Academy, where he delivered a series of programs of instruction on contract with the Department of State. In October of 2015, he was hired as the Director for Plans, Training, Mobility, and Security (S/3/5/7) in United States Army Garrison Italy where he served five years before becoming the Deputy Garrison Commander in September of 2020.

Mr. Seifert served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and commissioned in the Infantry in 1992 after graduation from the University of Central Arkansas. His first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry in Fort Kobbe, Panama. After serving as a Platoon Leader, he was selected for assignment to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a platoon leader and then the Battalion S5. After the Infantry Advanced Course, he was assigned to 4th Infantry Division where he served as a G3 Operations Officer and the Aide-de-Camp for the Division Commander, GEN (R) William Wallace. He then served as a troop commander in an Armored Cavalry Troop which was part of the division’s Cavalry Squadron. He left Fort Hood returning to Fort Benning to serve in the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He immediately attended the Army’s comptroller budgeting course and served as the resource and logistics officer for nearly two years. In January of 2001, he was selected to command Alpha Company, 3rd Ranger Battalion, and led his Ranger Company on the initial Airborne Assault into Afghanistan in October of 2001. Mr. Seifert went on to Command and General Staff College and then was assigned to the Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy. While in Italy, he served as the G3 Training Chief for SETAF and then served as a Battalion and Brigade Executive Officer for the 173rd Airborne Brigade while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI. Upon departure from Italy, he served as the Liaison Officer to the Canadian Army in Kingston, Ontario for three years prior to going to Florida to command the 6th Ranger Training Battalion on 3 June 2009. His final assignment in the Army moved him to Fort Benning to serve as the Director for Reconnaissance and Surveillance as a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command capability manager. 

Mr. Seifert holds a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management and a bachelor’s degree in political science. His military training and education include Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Planning Programming Budgeting and Execution System, Command and General Staff College, Airborne School, Ranger School, the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle course, Senior Officer Legal Course, Jumpmaster School and the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Course.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf cluster, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead device, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Bronze Star Device, the Honduran Parachutist Badge, the German Parachutist Badge, the Polish Parachutist Badge and the Coveted U.S. Army Ranger Tab.

He is married to the former Jill Holland of South Carolina. They have two children, Kendall (24) and Gavin (20).