Brig. Gen. Matt Metzel is the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Maryland. Matt received his commission from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1994. He is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic Course (1995), Military Police Captains Career Course (2006), Command and General Staff College (2010), School of Advanced Military Studies (2011), Basic Strategic Art Program (2014), Defense Strategy Course (2015), Joint and Combined Warfighting School (2018), and the Army War College Fellowship at Georgetown University (2017).
Brig. Gen. Metzel’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, 984th Military Police Company, where he deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor; Physical Security Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington D.C., where he mobilized in support of Operation Noble Eagle; Physical Security Officer, 65th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Battalion Operations Officer, 535th Military Police Battalion, Raleigh, North Carolina, where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Global Force Management Planner and Assistant Executive Officer, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Strategist, Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Commandant, Readiness Training Academy, 83rd Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Director of Army Reserve Affairs and Director of Strategic Effects at U.S. Army Japan, Camp Zama; and Military Strategist, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College.
Brig. Gen. Metzel holds two Master of Military Arts and Science degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Military History) and the School of Advanced Military Studies (Theater Operations). In addition, Brig. Gen. Metzel earned a third Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (seven awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with two mobilization devices), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards), NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Badge (Gold), and Japan Defense Cooperation Award.
Brig. Gen. Metzel's hobbies include researching nineteenth century military history, playing the piano, and spending time with his wife (Stephanie), three adult children, and four wonderful grandchildren.