COL (R) Matt R. Merrick
Deputy Director, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate
Colonel (R) Matt R. Merrick was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer immediately following his 1983 graduation from the University of New Mexico. After graduating from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, and 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served in a variety of tactical positions at the battery and battalion level. Upon graduation from the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course and the Combined Arms Services Staff School in October 1987, he was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 82d Field Artillery, 3rd Armored Division in Hanau, Germany, where he served as an Assistant S3 and Battery Commander. In 1989, he commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Armored Division Artillery and deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield, Storm and Provide Comfort. In October 1991, Colonel (R) Merrick was assigned to the Gunnery Department, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he served as an instructor on the Paladin New Equipment Team and later as the Chief of the Paladin New Equipment Training Team. Upon completion of the Command and General Staff Officer Course in June 1996, he was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division where he served as the 3rd Brigade Fire Support Officer and the 2d Battalion, 82d Field Artillery S3. In December 1997, he became the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery S3. Later, he served as the Division Artillery Executive Officer from November 1998 until his departure from Fort Hood in March 2000. He assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, and 2d Infantry Division in May 2000. Following Battalion Command, he attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In 2003, he served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding Officer of the 5th Recruiting Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He assumed command of the 2nd Infantry Division Fires Brigade in June 2005 and reflagged the Brigade in November 2006 to the 210th Fires Brigade. After Brigade Command, he became the Executive Officer to the UNC/CFC/USFK Commander from 2007-2008 and deployed to OIF in July 2008 and served as the Chief of Staff for CJ9, MNFI. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Commandant for the United States Army Artillery School, Chief of Staff, and Director of the Capability Development and Integration Directorate for the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCOE).

His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

Currently, he serves as the Deputy Director, Capability Development and Integration Directorate at FCOE, and he has been in this position since January 2014.