Lieutenant Colonel Matthew J. Kessler is a native of Kings Park, NY. He commissioned via the Platoon Leaders Course upon graduation from Alfred University in May 1998.
Following completion of The Basic School, he was designated as a Logistics Officer. LtCol Kessler's initial assignment was Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division, where he served as Truck Company Platoon Commander, Executive Officer and the Battalion Maintenance Management Officer.
Following his initial tour, LtCol Kessler's company grade assignments included Officer Selection Officer, Recruiting Station, New York, Prepositioning Officer, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps and Assistant Operations Officer, Marine Wing Support Group-27. While part of MWSG-27, LtCol Kessler deployed on a Military Transition Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As a field grade officer, LtCol Kessler was assigned as the Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Officer Procurement, Western Recruiting Region, San Diego, CA and Operations Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment-27, 2D Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune, NC. As a member of 2D MLG, LtCol Kessler also served on a Security Force Assistance Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. LtCol Kessler's most recent assignment was as the Head of Officer Programs, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Quantico, VA.
Lieutenant Colonel Kessler is a graduate of the Logistics Officer Course, Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course, Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College. He also holds a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.
His personal awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award and the Combat Action Ribbon.
LtCol Kessler is married to the former Rebecca Schneider of Newark Valley, NY. They have two children, Edward and Rosie.