Matt retired from the Marine Corps in 2010 as a Master Sergeant Aviation Maintenance Chief with tours in Asia and Europe and three tours in Iraq. After retiring, Matt needed a new mission and found it helping fellow veterans. He enjoys working at Northrop Grumman and uses his connections there to get his fellow veterans jobs. Matt has a B.S. in Aviation Management from SIU, a Certificate in Systems Engineering from Cal Tech, and is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie course. Matt also serves veterans and his community as Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513 and as a member of American Legion Post 149, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70, and CSUSM’s University Council. Recently, Matt was recognized as the 2018 – 2019 San Diego County Veteran of the Year by the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park for his volunteer work, and contributions to the veteran community.