Playing football at Lourdes was the start of being part of a team for Matt Weisner ’02 who is now a leader on the most prestigious team of all as a Commander in the US Army.
After graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes, Weisner attended the US Military Academy Prep School and then continued at the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2007.
While at West Point, Matt received several awards for his football skills, including Most Valuable Lineman and Most Improved Offensive Player. He started at Offensive Guard in over 20+ Division I Football Games, competing against Notre Dame, Texas A&M, TCU, Boston College, Navy, and Air Force, to name a few.
Matt received a Bachelor of Science in System Management from West Point and went on to earn a Master of Science in Admission from Central Michigan University (2017). He continued to earn accolades as a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and received space certifications from the National Security Space Institute.
In 2007, Matt was commissioned into the US Army from USMA at West Point. He served as an Infantry Platoon and Company Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Washington. He was then deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. While in Iraq, Weisner executed “Operation Lourdes”, an initiative in which OLL faculty and students organized a school supply fundraiser and donated all proceeds to Iraqi children. Matt’s unit received OLL donations and distributed them throughout the Abu Ghraib area which enabled educational opportunities for the war-torn youth and improved local relations with the US Army.
Back in the States, he served as an Infantry Company Commander in the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As part of the Global Response Force, executed a no-notice deployment to Ghazni, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Weisner’s list of accolades includes earning a bronze star in addition to earning an Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device for the citation:
“While under heavy enemy gunfire, CPT Weisner formed an ad-hoc, 8-man team consisting of both Afghanis and US Soldiers to locate and reinforce a downed US Soldier. His team quickly maneuvered under fire to a fortified enemy compound where the Soldier was thought to be. CPT Weisner then directed one element of his team to establish a suppressive fire position while he led another element to a breach point outside the compound. He and his team breached the enemy’s strong point and destroyed all combatants on the objective. His team then recovered the downed US Soldier inside the compound and medically evacuated his remains.”
Matt’s incredible career then took him to Wiesbaden, Germany, where he served as an Aid-De-Camp in US Army Europe and supported the Deputy Commanding General in multi-national operations and interoperability with NATO countries.
Following his time in Europe, Weisner served as S3/Operations Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment and later as a Brigade Executive Officer in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Schofield Barrack, Oahu, Hawaii where he focused on jungle warfare and multi-national operations within the Pacific region.
Returning to the mainland, he served as a Current Operations Watch Officer, Crisis Planner focused on the Russia/Ukraine War, Executive Officer of the J3 Operations Officer, and currently the Deputy Chief of Plans in US Space Command, the 11th and newest Combatant Command, from Colorado Springs, CO.
Most recently Matt has been selected for Battalion Command in 2nd Battalion, 196th Infantry Regiment from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, and will take command in the Summer of 2024, focused on arctic warfare.
Matthew Weisner, we salute you and thank you for your service!