Col. Matthew Scalia serves as the garrison commander of Fort Benning, Georgia, where he oversees the daily operations and future development of the installation, the home and workplace of more than 50,000 military service members, Family members and federal employees.
He was commissioned as an Infantry officer from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1995. While there, he focused his studies on history and systems engineering. His career assignments bridged the operational and institutional forces as he served in various Infantry units, at multiple overseas locations and deployments.
Prior to garrison command, he served as the G3 chief of Operations for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning. He also served as the chief of the Enlisted Infantry Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he managing the assignments and professional development of the Army’s 60,000 Infantry Soldiers. From June 2013 to June 2015 he commanded 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment (Basic Combat Training), Fort Benning, which produced more than 6,000 new Soldiers for the Army.
His operational experience includes service in the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany; and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His deployments cover Iraq and Afghanistan, including: Infantry company commander, Operation Iraqi Freedom, May 2003 to July 2004, and Cavalry squadron operations officer and brigade executive officer, Operation Enduring Freedom, Regional Commands South and West, from August 2009 to August 2010.
Scalia’s institutional assignments include: platoon trainer, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Fort Benning from June 1999 to August 2001; assistant professor of military science, Reserve Officer Training Corps Program, University of Delaware from November 2004 to June 2007; and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command liaison officer, British Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, United Kingdom, from July 2011 to April 2013. As the TRADOC liaison officer to the British Land Warfare Centre, he provided a link between the U.S. and British armies in sharing lessons learned, doctrine and capability developments.
His military training includes: Air Assault, Airborne, Bradley Leaders and Ranger courses. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic, Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Strategic Studies.