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Marine Corps Systems Command

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LtCol Mathew J. Pfeffer
Director
Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch
 

LtCol Mathew J. Pfeffer is a native of Bay Shore, NY and was commissioned in May 1997 from the U.S. Naval Academy.   As a Lieutenant, he served in Camp Lejeune, NC as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon Commander (MOS 1803) with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, which included a deployment with Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. 


In 2000, as a Captain, he served as a Project Officer for the Program Manager, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA.  While assigned to Systems Command, he also received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.


In 2004, following his completion of Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, he returned to Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as a Company Commander with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which included a deployment to Iraq in support of Regimental Combat Team-7 in Al Anbar Province.


In 2006, as a Major, he returned to the Acquisition Corps where he served as the Deputy Director of the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch in Camp Pendleton, CA, which was the lead test facility for amphibious testing and demonstrations of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV).


In 2009, upon completion of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, he transferred to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and was selected to join 1st Marine Division (Forward), which included a one year deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as the G-3 Current Operations Planner.


In 2011, upon returning from Afghanistan, he served as the S-3 Battalion Operations Officer for 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, CA.


In 2012, LtCol Pfeffer was selected to represent the USMC within a Joint Program, where he served as a Product Director for the Joint Project Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in Warren, MI. It was during this assignment that he was selected and transferred into his new MOS as an Acquisition Professional Officer (MOS 8061).


In 2015, LtCol Pfeffer was selected and now currently serves as Director, Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch in Camp Pendleton, CA, which serves as the Marine Corps’ primary test and evaluation facility to characterize the performance of amphibious and ground combat vehicle systems.

 

Major Matthew W. Hohl

Deputy Director

Major Matthew Hohl is a native of Clinton, MA and was commissioned out of Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH through the Platoon Leaders Class Combined Program in 2004. As a Lieutenant, he served in Camp Pendleton, CA as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon Commander (MOS 1803) with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, which included deployments to Okinawa, Japan, Operation Iraqi Freedom 5-07 as a Provision Infantry Platoon Commander and in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon for Battalion Landing Team 2/5.


In February 2009 Captain Hohl reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC where he served as a Series Commander and Company Commander at 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Upon completion of his tour at the depot he attended Basic Airborne Course 10-11, followed by Maneuver Majors Career Course 03-11 at the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning GA.


Captain Hohl returned to 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA in August 2011 and was selected to join 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), which included a six month deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as the Reports Officer for the C-10 Afghan National Security Forces Development Cell. Upon his return in September of 2012 Captain Hohl assumed command of an Assault Amphibian Vehicle Company and conducted two Unit Deployment Program deployments to Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan.  


In July of 2014 Major Hohl reported to Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity and assumed the duties as the Amphibious Vehicle Branch Head and Operational Testing Projects Officer for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, Phase 1, Increment 1.


In July 2016, Major Hohl was selected and now currently serves as Deputy Director, Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch in Camp Pendleton, CA, which serves as the Marine Corps’ primary test and evaluation facility to characterize the performance of amphibious and ground combat vehicle systems.


Major Hohl’s Personal Awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendations Medal (3 Gold Stars in lieu of 4th award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

 
Master Sergeant A.M. Vandegrift
Branch SNCOIC

Master Sergeant Vandegrift is a native of Bozeman, Montana. He enlisted in the Marine Corps February 1993. After graduating Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego, he attended Marine Combat Training (MCT). Upon completion of MCT, he reported to Assault Amphibian School, Camp Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, CA. His operational assignments include Platoon Sergeant, Charlie and Echo Company 3D Assault Amphibian Battalion, Operations Chief, Bravo, Charlie and Echo Company 3D Assault Amphibian Battalion that included deployments in support of OIF, OEF and the Unit Deployment Program and deployments in support of Marine Expeditionary Units. His supporting Establishment assignments include Senior Instructor of the Assault Amphibian Unit Leader Course and the Assault Amphibian Officer Course. He is presently the Branch SNCOIC, Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, Marine Corps Systems Command.