The Eisenhower Institute

Major General Bill Matz

Major General Bill Matz (Ret), is a highly decorated veteran of the United States Army with a distinguished military career spanning five decades. He served in Korea, Panama and Vietnam (where he was wounded in the 1968 TET offensive), commanded units in the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions, and was Executive Secretary to two Secretaries of Defense. MG Matz is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Airborne and Ranger Courses, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.  He received a BA degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a MA degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in Government/Management Course-Harvard University.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Army in 1995, MG Matz worked eight years in the defense industry. He was first employed by Raytheon Company where he moved from a Program Manager to Vice President, Army Programs. Upon leaving Raytheon, he took over as Program General Manager for Vinnell/Northrop Grumman’s Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, returning to the United States in June 2004.

In 2005, MG Matz was a presidential appointee to the Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission and served until the commission rendered its report in 2008. He is also past President of the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), which advocates in Congress for service members, veterans and their families. NAUS was founded in 1968 and is the only military affiliated association that represents the entire military/veteran family. No other association provides such broad representation when dealing with Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon. NAUS represents all branches of the uniformed services, including all components (active duty, Reserve, National Guard), veterans, their spouses, widows/widowers, and all grades and ranks – both enlisted and officer.

He is currently self-employed as a military/veteran consultant and is a frequent participant in various alumni and academic forums sponsored by the Eisenhower Institute and Gettysburg College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association.

Among his military service awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Cross (second highest award for valor), Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

MG Matz was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Great Falls, Virginia, and are the parents of three married children.

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