Command Sgt. Maj. JamesPeter M. Matthews was born in Hartford, Conn. He has served in the United States Army Reserves for over 27 years. A native and life long resident of Winsted, Conn., he lives with his wife, Leslie and have three children and three grandchildren. He entered the US Army Reserve in May 1985, completing basic training and advanced individual Infantryman training at Fort Benning, Ga.
Matthews’ has held noncommissioned officer key leadership positions throughout his entire career. His units of assignment include Combat Support Company, 3rd/35th Infantry Brigade, 187th Infantry Regiment; Bravo Troop, 1-110th Cavalry; 304th Transportation Company (Medium Truck), 167th Support Group; 3/310th Regiment, 78th Training Division; Operations Sergeant for the 655th Area Support Group; First Sergeant for the 344th Military Police Company (Guard), 655th Area Support Group; Detachment Sergeant for the 343rd Military Police Brigade Liaison Detachment, 77th Regional Readiness Command; Command Sergeant Major for the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion and 304th Civil Affairs Brigade, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operation Command (Airborne); Command Sergeant Major for the 244th Aviation Brigade, 11th Aviation Command, Fort Dix, N.J. and is currently assigned as the Command Sergeant Major for the USAR Joint and Special Troops Support Command, Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, Utah.
His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Detention Operations Group (JDOG), Joint Task Force – Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2002-2003); Operation Iraqi Freedom, 18th Military Police Brigade, Baghdad, Iraq (2004-2005); and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Task Force Iron, Multi National Division – North, Tikrit, Iraq (2007-2008).
He has completed a multitude of military education to include the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, the First Sergeant Course, Command Sergeants Major Designee Course, and is a graduate of the Sergeants Major Course, Class 01-04 in July 2004.
Matthews’ military awards and decorations include: two Bronze Stars Medals; two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal; four Army Achievement Medals; the Army Good Conduct Medal; seven Army Reserves Component Achievement Medals; the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2-Service Stars; the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, M-Device and Numeral-3; four NCO Professional Development Medals; the Army Service Ribbon; three Overseas Service Ribbons; five Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbons; the Combat Action Badge; the Wheeled Drivers Badge; a Joint Meritorious Unit Award; two Meritorious Unit Commendation; and four Overseas Service Bars.
In his civilian life, he is a career Firefighter, currently holding the rank of Apparatus Operator, assigned to Quint #4 of the West Hartford Fire Department, West Hartford, Conn. and continues his community involvement as a member of Elk’s Lodge #844, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #296.