Colonel Matthew (Matt) T. Ziglar received his commission upon graduation from the University of Montana in 1998. After attending the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he served as a Tank and Scout Platoon Leader in 3-66 Armor Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Colonel Ziglar transitioned into the Adjutant General Corps in 2001 and served as the Test Control Officer at the Butte Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Butte, Montana. Following his assignment at the Butte MEPS, Colonel Ziglar attended the Adjutant General Corps Captains Career Course in 2003. Upon graduation, Colonel Ziglar moved to Darmstadt, Germany where he served as the Battalion Supply Officer (S4) for the 55th Personnel Services Battalion (PSB). Colonel Ziglar deployed to Iraq in 2003 and took command of Delta Detachment, 55th PSB in Baghdad. Following this deployment, he moved to Hanau, Germany and served as the Operations Officer for the 55th PSB and deployed again to Kuwait in 2005.
In 2006, Army Special Operations Command selected Colonel Ziglar for service as a Civil Affairs officer and he began training at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon graduation from Civil Affairs training, he joined the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC. Colonel Ziglar served as a Civil Affairs Team Commander and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Following this deployment, he helped develop the Assessment and Selection programs for both Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations and he served as the original Officer in Charge (OIC) for both programs. Colonel Ziglar then assumed command of Alpha Company, 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Following this deployment, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne).
Upon returning from this deployment, Colonel Ziglar attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Leavenworth, Kansas and graduated in 2013. Following CGSC, Army Human Resources Command (HRC) selected Colonel Ziglar to serve as the Field Grade Assignment Officer and Branch Chief for Civil Affairs. He then moved back to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2016 where he assumed command of the 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) from 2016-2018.
After Battalion Command, Colonel Ziglar served as the Executive Officer for LTG John Deedrick at the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2019, Colonel Ziglar attended the Army War College prior to moving to Stuttgart, Germany where he was assigned to Special Operations Command, Europe.
Colonel Ziglar’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Afghan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, ISAF NATO Service Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
Colonel Ziglar’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana, and Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He is married with children.