General Accomplishment

Robert Dalessandro and General Matz

RETIRED ARMY MAJ. GEN. MATZ NAMED SECRETARY OF AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION

Retired Army Maj. Gen. William M. Matz Jr. ’73 (MA)was sworn in as the secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission by Deputy Secretary Robert J. Dalessandro (above, left) in January 2018. Established by Congress in 1923, the commission commemorates the service, achievements and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces, and is an agency of the executive branch of the federal government.

“To be part of the sole organization in the government overseeing and maintaining these cemeteries and monuments is a great honor,” said Matz. “I could not have asked for anything better.”

His appointment by President Trump marks the second time a sitting U.S. President has appointed Matz to a role. President George W. Bush named him to the Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission in 2005.

Matz, who lives in Virginia, will work in Arlington, Virginia. He will also visit offices in Paris, France, and Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

This new position continues Matz’s long history of service to his country. The combat veteran has a distinguished military career spanning four decades and is a decorated Vietnam veteran who has been active in veterans’ affairs since leaving the Army. He was the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences’ recipient of the Hughes Career Achievement Award.

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