BRIGADIER GENERAL MATTHEW L. EICHBURG
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Central
BG Eichburg was born in Warren, Michigan and attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. After graduating he attended the Armor Officer Basic Course and Ranger School. Following Ranger School, he was assigned to the 1st BN, 37th AR Regt, 3rd Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany and served as a Tank and Scout platoon leader deploying once to Bosnia. He then attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course and the Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3). From 1998 to 2003 he served as the BDE S4, tank company and HHC commander in 1st BDE, 1st Cavalry Division and as a team leader and Battalion S3 in the 3rd Battalion, 395thRegt, 75th Division (AC/RC) all at Fort Hood, TX. During his duty as BDE S4 the brigade executed a successful Bosnia deployment.
BG Eichburg next attended the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS followed by the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). In 2005 he served as a contingency operations planner in the V Corps HQ in Heidelberg, Germany and deployed with the V Corps HQ to Baghdad, Iraq. In July of 2006 he took over as the Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 6thInfantry Regt in Ramadi, Iraq and served as the XO until his assumption of the duties as the Brigade Operations Officer (S3) in May 2007 in Baumholder, Germany. He served as the Brigade S3 for 20 months which included a 2008 deployment to the Mada’in Qada in Iraq. From 15 July 2009 until June 2012 in both Baumholder, Germany and Kunduz, Afghanistan COL Eichburg commanded the 2ndBattalion, 18th Infantry Regt, VANGUARDS. From 23 February 14 until its inactivation on 2 July 15, he commanded the First Armored Brigade Combat Team (Iron Team) in Camp Casey/Hovey Korea and then served as the 8A Chief of Staff from 27 July 15 to 21 May 2016. He served as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General TRADOC from 26 May 2016 to March 2018. From July 2018 until May 2019 he served as a Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In May of 2019 he assumed the duties as the Deputy Commanding Officer – Sustainment in the First Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas followed by duties as the Deputy Commanding General – Operations from SEP 2020 – to May 2021.
BG Eichburg has attended civilian and military schools and training programs to include: The Armor officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Ranger School, Airborne School, the Scout Platoon Leader’s Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, the M1A2 Tank Commander’s Certification Course, Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Senior Service College in Carlisle, PA. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy in 1993, a Master’s in Education from the University of St. Mary’s in 2004, a Master’s of Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2005, and a Master’s of Science from the U.S. Army War College in 2013.
His awards and decoration include: The Legion of Merit (3OLC), the Bronze Star (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Ribbon (2OLC), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (1OLC), NATO medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, and the parachutist badge, and the Orders of Saint George, Saint Maurice, Saint Barbara and Saint Martin.
BG Eichburg is married to the former Ms. Jolene M. Konzem. Jolene is an elementary school teacher. Together BG and Mrs. Eichburg have a daughter, Kate (16) and a son, John (13).
Shaw Air Force Base