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.