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MAJOR GENERAL EARL D. MATTHEWS

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Maj. Gen. Earl D. Matthews is the Director, Cyberspace Operations, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C. General Matthews is the Cyberspace Operations and Support Career Field Functional Manager, responsible for the development of 77,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel, meeting current and projected operational requirements. He oversees the Air Force information assurance program to ensure compliance with all legislative, Department of Defense and joint information assurance policies and directives. Additionally, he leads the Air Force in developing cyberspace operations policy, providing Information Technology and National Security System solutions and shaping long-range strategies for management of a portfolio valued in excess of $7 billion dollars annually.

General Matthews received his commission in 1983 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Northern Arizona University. General Matthews has held a variety of positions in space and cyberspace operations, maintenance, and plans, including Air Staff and joint assignments. He previously commanded the 22nd Communications Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.; 50th Network Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo.; 38th Combat Support Wing, Kapaun Air Station, Germany and 435th Air Base Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

EDUCATION
1983 Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
1985 Master of Arts degree in computer resource management and government procurement and material management, Webster University
1987 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL.
1996 Distinguished graduate, Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2001 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Executive Management Program, Pennsylvania State University

ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 1983 - April 1984, space and intelligence computer systems officer, Intelligence Directorate, Air Force Space Command, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo.
2. April 1984 - February 1986, office systems analyst, Administration Directorate, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
3. February 1986 - October 1987, Chief, Systems Operations Branch, Administration Directorate, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
4. October 1987 - December 1987, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. January 1988 - August 1989, Chief, Computer-Telecommunications Branch, 1962nd Communications Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan
6. September 1989 - June 1990, Chief, Wire Maintenance Branch, 1962nd Communications Group, Kadena AB, Japan
7. July 1990 - January 1991, Chief, Plans and Programs Division, 1962nd Communications Group, Kadena AB, Japan
8. February 1991 - November 1991, Chief, Systems Management Section, War Planning Directorate, Strategic Computers-Communications Center, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
9. December 1991 - August 1992, Chief, Integrated Processing Facility Task Force, War Planning Directorate, Strategic Computers-Communications Center, Offutt AFB, Neb.
10. September 1992 - February 1993, Chief, Systems Software Support Branch, War Planning Directorate, Strategic Computers-Communications Center, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. March 1993 - June 1993, executive officer to the Commander, Strategic Computers-Communications Center, Offutt AFB, Neb.
12. July 1993 - June 1995, aide-de-camp to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
13. July 1995 - June 1996, student, Naval College of Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
14. July 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 22nd Communications Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
15. September 1998 - July 2000, Chief, Current and Contingency Operations, Directorate Command, Control and Communications Systems, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany
16. July 2000 - June 2001, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
17. June 2001 - June 2002, Chairman, Communications and Information Panel, Warfighting and Integration Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. July 2002 - May 2004, Commander, 50th Network Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo.
19. June 2004 - April 2006, Director of Communications and Information, Scott AFB, Ill.
20. April 2006 - April 2007, Commander, 38th Combat Support Wing, Kapaun Air Station, Germany
21. April 2007 - May 2008, Commander, 435th Air Base Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany
22. May 2008 - July 2009, Deputy Director, Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned (A9), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. 
23. August 2009 - July 2011, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (TCJ6), U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
24. July 2011 - present, Director, Cyberspace Operations, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1993 - June 1995, aide-de-camp to the commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a major
2. September 1998 - July 2000, Chief, Current and Contingency Operations, Directorate Command, Control and Communications Systems, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany, as a lieutenant colonel
3. August 2009 - July 2011, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill., as a brigadier general 

BADGES
Air Staff Badge
Command Cyberspace Operations
Command Space Operations

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Meritorious Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 14, 1983
First Lieutenant July 29, 1985
Captain July 29, 1987
Major Nov. 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 1998
Colonel Aug. 1, 2002
Brigadier General Nov. 2, 2008
Major General Nov. 1, 2011 

(Current as of May 2014)

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