Major General
Patrick Matlock

Commanding General,
1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

Major General Patrick Matlock graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988. His previous command assignments include a tank platoon in Texas, reconnaissance troop in Germany, tank company and headquarters company in Korea, reconnaissance squadron in Texas, and infantry brigade combat team in Germany. His reconnaissance troop won the German Army’s 1994 Boeselager All-Around Reconnaissance Competition. He served with his reconnaissance squadron in Iraq from late 2006 to early 2008. He served with his infantry brigade combat team in Regional Command - North, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.

General Matlock’s company-grade staff assignments include tank company executive officer in Texas, aide-de-camp in Texas, reconnaissance squadron adjutant in Germany, and small group instructor in the Armor Captains Career Course in Kentucky. He served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a company executive officer from 1990 to 1991.

General Matlock’s field-grade staff assignments include division chief of the Armor Captains Career Course in Kentucky, tank battalion operations officer, tank battalion executive officer, and armor brigade executive officer in Texas, joint planner observer / trainer in Virginia, and armored division chief of staff in Texas. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a joint planner observer / trainer for several short periods in 2003 and 2004.

General Matlock’s general officer assignments include Deputy Director for Operations in the National Military Command Center, J3 on The Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Deputy Commanding General – Support, 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, and Director of Training, Army G3 on the Army Staff at the Pentagon.

General Matlock is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Cavalry Leaders Course, the Command and General Staff Officers Course, the Joint and Combined Warfare School, and the Advanced Strategic Arts Program at the Army War College. His Bachelor of Science degree is with a field of study in ethical philosophy; his Master of Science degree is in national security studies. He is also a Joint Specialty Officer.

General Matlock’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He is authorized to wear the Army Parachutist Badge and the Combat Action Badge. He is also an Eagle Scout.