Major Matt Tweed joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in May of 2021 and currently serves as a Military Professor. He was most previously posted at III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), as the Oceania Desk Officer in Okinawa, Japan. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Regional Affairs Officer – Northeast Asia and has over nine years of continuous operational experience in the Indo-Pacific region.
A prior-enlisted Air / Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Marine and currently an Infantry Officer by trade, Major Tweed has led at the Team, Platoon, and Company level, comprising both combat and peacetime operations. He has advisor experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan and has operational experience with the Australian Army, Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC), and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force.
Further Staff assignments include Training Officer, U.S. Marine Forces, Special Operations Command; Plans Officer, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, where he planned and executed exercises Ulchi Freedom Guardian & Key Resolve in South Korea; Future Operations Officer, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, (Australia); and III MEF lead planner for numerous joint and combined exercises in the Indo-Pacific.
Major Tweed holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland and a M.A. in International Relations from New England College. He is a graduate of both USMC Expeditionary Warfare School (Distinguished) and Command and Staff College. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ Gold Star in lieu of second award), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (w/ Combat “V,” and Gold Star in lieu of second award), the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Navy & Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia.
Major Tweed is also active in civil aviation, holds a commercial pilot certificate, and volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.