LTC Matthew C. Mason
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Matthew C. Mason earned his commission as a Chemical Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in December, 2001. His military education includes Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Field Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties, Military History Instructors Course, and Intermediate Level Education (ILE). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.
His assignments include: Battalion Chemical Officer, 3rd Battalion, 504th PIR, Fort Bragg, NC; Smoke/Decon Platoon Leader, 21st Chemical Company, Fort Bragg, NC; HHC Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Troy, Baghdad, Iraq; Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; CBRNE Response Team Leader, A Co, 22d Chemical Battalion (TE), Edgewood, MD; Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) Commander, Joint Task Force Paladin, Bagram, Afghanistan; Commander, 46th Chemical Company (TE); 22nd Chemical Battalion (TE), Edgewood, MD; Chief of CBRN Operations, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Walker, Korea; Brigade S3, 2ID Sustainment Brigade, Camp Carroll, Korea; Battalion XO, STB 2ID Sustainment Brigade, Camp Carroll, Korea; Chief of CBRN Officer Training Department, 84th Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; and recently served as Chief of CWMD Branch, Requirements Determination Division, Army Futures Command.
LTC Mason deployed to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2004 while serving as the Battalion Chemical Officer for 3-504th PIR, 1st BDE, 82nd Airborne Division; in 2006 to Iraq as the HHC Commander for Combined Joint Task Force Troy (C-IED), 71st EOD Group, 20th CBRNE Command; and 2011 to Afghanistan as the Commander for Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) Lab; 71st EOD Group, 20th CBRNE Command.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leave Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (Oak Leaf Cluster), Valorous Unit Award, and Parachute Badge.
LTC Mason has two children.