COL Matthew D. Redding, USA

Eisenhower School

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Colonel Matthew D. Redding, USA, currently serves as the Army Service Chair at the Eisenhower School.  Additionally, he is the industry study lead instructor for the “Land Domain of Warfare” in the National Security Industrial Base academic department.

Colonel Redding was commissioned in the Regular Army from St. Lawrence University, Canton New York. He began his Army career as an Air Defense Artillery officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.   Participating in the Army Branch Detail Program, he was then transferred to the Transportation Corps and remained in the 82nd Airborne Division as a truck platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion logistics officer for 782nd Main Support Battalion.

After completing the Combined Logistics Advanced Course at Fort Lee, Va., he commanded the 104th Transportation Company (Medium Truck) at Fort Benning, Ga. He was then selected for and attended the Army Advanced Civil School program at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Supply Chain Management.  Colonel Redding then commanded the Kuwait Detachment, 831st Transportation Battalion, Camp Doha, Kuwait, and later attended the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kanas.  He was a student at Fort Leavenworth when the attacks of 9/11 occurred.

Upon graduation, Colonel Redding served as the division transportation officer for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as support operations officer for 626th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and 101st Airborne Division. Colonel Redding served a joint duty tour at U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and then returned to Fort Campbell where he commanded the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  His battalion supported combat and stability operations in southern Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom VII during “surge operations” in support of over 5,000 Soldiers in southern Baghdad and Mahmudiya. 

After graduating from Marine Corps War College, Quantico, Virginia., Colonel Redding was selected to command the NATO Regional Support Command – Southwest at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. During his command tour he provided support to the 1st and 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (forward).  His combat command group was comprised of Soldiers from Denmark, United Kingdom, France, and Jordan.  Their mission supported Afghan Security Force development with regard to security force training and logistics in Helmand and Nimroz Province. Returning from Afghanistan, Colonel Redding then commanded the 598th Transportation Brigade in Sembach, Germany.  In this command he operated and managed over 22 strategic seaports in Europe and Africa in support of operational deployments and sustainment operations supporting all United States operations in Europe and Africa.  He opened alternate supply routes to Afghanistan and negotiated access for Department of Defense cargo across Russia and the Caspian Sea.

After command, COL Redding served as Chief of Staff for the 21st Theater Support Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  Leading a diverse staff of 550 people he was responsible for planning, synchronization, and execution of Army theater sustainment operations.  His staff was responsible for efficient employment of distribution, supply, maintenance, ammunition, military police, and tactical engineer support to forward deployed forces in US Army Europe and NATO forces operating in over 23 countries supporting exercise and contingency deployments in Europe and Africa.

His most recent assignment was Chief of Current Operations and Strategic Readiness, Department of the Army G4.  His tour in the Pentagon included work supporting global contingency operations, disaster relief operations, and emergent strategic crisis action planning as the lead logistics planner for the Army Staff.

Having served three combat tours, Colonel Redding’s awards and decorations include: US Army Ranger Tab; Senior Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Combat Action Badge; Army Staff Identification Badge, Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters); Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (six oak leaf clusters); Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters); and Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters).