Captain Matt G. Ford
United States Marine Corps
21st Company Officer
United States Naval Academy
Captain Ford enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2004. After attending Recruit Training and Aviation Structures schools in Florida and California he was assigned as an Airframer to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 in Camp Pendleton, California. During this time, Captain Ford attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 and, in 2006, deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary. His detachment was operationally employed in Camp Korean Village from November 2006 to April 2007. In 2008, he was selected for and reported to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training school in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2012, Captain Ford graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Following graduation, he reported to The Basic School in Quantico, VA, followed by the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course, graduating in September 2013.
In September of 2013, he reported to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines in Camp Lejeune, NC and was assigned to Battery E as a Fire Direction Officer and later served as Platoon Commander. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and became Executive Officer of Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines in August 2014. In September of 2015 he deployed as part of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. During this deployment, his battery was operationally employed to Northern Iraq to provide defensive fires for coalition forces in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLOVE.
In June 2016 Captain Ford reported to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Leadership Education and Development program. In May 2017 he graduated with a Masters of Arts in Leadership Education and Development from George Washington University.
Captain Ford’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.