Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Harmon was born in Mattoon, Illinois in 1974. He graduated from Carmi-White County High School in 1992 and the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in History in 1996. He was commissioned through ROTC as a Field Artillery officer. LTC Harmon also holds a Master’s degree from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies.
LTC Harmon has held a wide range of duty positions throughout his career. His early assignments include Fire Support Officer, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany; Platoon Leader, Brigade Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Fire Direction Officer, 1st Bn, 7th Field Artillery, Schweinfurt, Germany; and Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division, Wuerzburg, Germany. LTC Harmon was then assessed, selected, and trained to join Army Special Forces. He has held numerous positions throughout the Special Forces community, including Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha Commander and Headquarters and Support Company Commander in the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; Group Plans Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion S3 for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY. LTC Harmon has also served as an assignment officer for the Special Forces Branch at Army Human Resources Command. His latest assignments were as the Army Element Commander and as the Executive Officer for the Force Management and Development Directorate at U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL. LTC Harmon has five combat tours in Afghanistan, 2 combat tours in Iraq, as well as operational deployments to Bosnia and Macedonia and as the initial entry force in Kosovo.
His military education includes the Field Artillery Basic Officers Course, the Aviation Captains Career Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Special Forces “High Risk” SERE Course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster Course, Ranger Course, Command and Staff Service School, and the Naval Command and General Staff Course.
LTC Harmon’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (w/2 Oak Leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/2 Oak Leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (w/Valor Device and Oak Leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (w/4 Oak Leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Forces tab, and Ranger tab.