DTRA Deputy Director

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Major General
Matthew Wolfe Davidson



Maj. Gen. Matthew Wolfe Davidson, USAF, serves as Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Prior to DTRA, he held the position of Deputy Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Hurlburt Field, Florida. AFSOC provides Air Force Special Operations Forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to unified combatant commanders with approximately 20,800 active duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian professionals.

Maj. Gen. Davidson is a career Special Tactics Officer and has led air, space and special operations forces during operations Provide Comfort II, Assured Response, Joint Endeavor, Enduring Freedom, Enduring Freedom Philippines, Iraqi Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. He commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, led joint operations as the Deputy Commanding General for Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan and served as the Executive Officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Maj. Gen. Davidson also previously led U.S. Space Command operations as the Deputy Combined Force Space Component Commander and Vice Commander, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

General Davidson earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy State University in Alabama, and Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

His extensive military education includes the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.; Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia; Senior Leader Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; Space Operations Executive Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

His many awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with combat device and two oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.



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