COL. MATTHEW D. ST. CLAIR, USMC
Colonel Matthew St. Clair was born in Baltimore, MD. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1989 and subsequently trained as an infantry officer.
Colonel St. Clair’s assignments with Marine Corps Operational Forces as a company grade officer have included: rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, battalion adjutant, and rifle company executive officer with 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division; company commander, 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division; and Assistant Operations Officer, 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Colonel St. Clair’s assignments with Marine Corps Operational Forces as a field grade officer have included: Commander, Marine Central Command Security Force, U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan; Senior Infantry Battalion Advisor, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq; Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division; Commanding Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force; and Commanding Officer, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, 2d Marine Division.
Colonel St. Clair’s assignments outside Marine Corps Operational Forces have included: Commanding Officer, Company B, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (East), Battalion Executive Officer, 2d Recruit Training Battalion and Director, Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC; Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary, Command; and Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC.
Colonel St. Clair has completed numerous operational deployments to include in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Colonel St. Clair is currently serving as the Chief of Staff, MCRD, Parris Island, SC/Eastern Recruiting Region.
Col. St. Clair’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/gold star, Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal w/2 gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 1 gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Col. St. Clair will discuss the changes in training protocol over the years and will also discuss his tours in the Middle East.