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Shepherd, Matthew Q.
Nickname: Matt
DoB: 1960
PoB: Deerfield, Michigan, USA
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Marital Status: Single
Dependents: None
Rank: Major (O4)
Clearance: Top Secret/SI
Citizenship: United States
I still have a man out there... (.wav)

Everyone comes home... (.wav)

The Judge Advocate General has agreed to accept your resignation from the United State's Army... (.wav)


Citadel Military Academy Bachelor of Science
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, United States Army


Infantry Officer Basic Course. 16 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Ranger School. 12 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Basic Airborne Course. 3 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Pathfinder Course. 3 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Static Line Jumpmaster Course. 3 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
Combined Arms Service Staff School. 18 weeks. Fort Benning, GA
Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course. 24 weeks. Fort Huachuca, AZ.
Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course. 22 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
SERE High Risk (Level C). 3 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
Special Operations Techniques. 5 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
Combat Diver Qualification Course. 4 weeks. Key West, FL
Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques      Course. 8 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
SFOD-D Assessment and Selection. 4 weeks. Camp Dawson, WV.
Operator Training Course. 6 months. Fort Bragg, NC.
Military Freefall Course. 5 weeks. Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.
Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course. 3 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.

Jan '83 - Dec '83 Platoon Leader, 3rd Platoon, B Company 2nd Battalion,
     504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
Jan '84 - Dec '84 Company Commander, B Company 2nd Battalion,
     504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
Jul '85 - Jun '86 Detachment Commander ODA 123 (SOT) B Company, 1st Battalion,
     1st Special Forces Group.
Jul '86 - Aug '87 Detachment Commander ODA 195 (SCUBA) C Company, 3rd Battalion,
     1st Special Forces Group.
Sep '87 - May '89 Battalion S2 (Intelligence) 1/7th Special Forces Group.
Feb '90 - Nov '93 Team Commander SFOD-D.
Dec '93 - Aug '97 Squadron Commander SFOD-D.

Static Line Jumpmaster
Military Freefall Jumpmaster
Rappel master
Fastrope master
Combatitives Instructor
Edged Weapons Instructor

Infantry Officer
Special Forces Officer
Military Intelligence Officer

Medals and Ribbons:
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit Medal
Bronze Star Medal with "V" device (3rd award)
Meritorious Service Medal
Purple Heart (2nd award)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (5th award)
Army Achievement Medal (9th award)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5th award)
Humanitarian Service Ribbon
National Defense Medal.
Overseas Deployment Ribbon (15th award)
United Nations Service Ribbon (2nd award)
NATO Ribbon
Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Ribbon

Awards and Badges:
Ranger TAB
Master Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder Badge
Combat Infantryman's Badge
Special Forces TAB
Combat Diver Badge
Military Freefall Jumpmaster Parachutist Badge


Advanced Open Water Diver
Emergency Medical Technician
Private Pilot's License, Single Engine


Born in Deerfield Michigan in 1960. Son of Eleanor and Quentin M. Shepherd. Subject is the oldest of three children. His father LCDR Quentin Shepherd was a Navy A-6 Intruder pilot shot down over North Vietnam in 1968. His father remains missing in action. His brother William, age 31, works as a Congressional aide in Washington D.C.; his sister Carol, age 35, is married to a Deerfield C.P.A. Subject attended The Citadel where he played linebacker and upon graduating was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. After IOBC, Ranger school and Airborne School he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While with the 82nd Airborne he participated in operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. After attending SFAS and the Special Forces Detachment Officers Qualification Course he was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Lewis, Washington. Subject deployed with 1st Group to numerous Pacific Rim and Southeast Asian countries in both classified and unclassified operations. After attending CAS3 he was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the company forward deployed to Panama and participated in Operation Just Cause. With 7th Group subject conducted both classified and unclassified intelligence operations throughout Central and South America. Subject attended Delta Assessment and Selection and then the OTC and was assigned to SFOD-D as a team commander. Subject participated in numerous classified operations with this unit including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Subject was also deployed to Afghanistan, Lebanon, North Africa, and Bosnia. Subject was separated from active duty after a conflict of orders during an operation in Bosnia in 1997. Subject was recruited by Col. Trout as a contract agent and team leader for a special operations force. Subject is the owner/operator of the Silver Star Hotel located one block from Hermosa Beach in California. Subject inherited this hotel from his father's older brother.


Subject is very close to his brother, sister and protective of his mother. His father's loss in Vietnam caused him to mature more quickly than most children his age. He took over many of the male responsibilities in the household. Though a typical independent Navy wife, his mother was devastated by the loss of her husband and it took her many years to recover. Subject remembers his father's promise to his mother to return from his cruise to Vietnam and then saw he was unable to fulfill his promise. Seeing his distraught mother he has probably subconsciously vowed to never inflict this emotional trauma on another woman and thus has never married or had a serious long-term relationship. His personal reasoning "soldiering is a selfish mistress," hides his true subconscious feelings. These attitudes were further reinforced in a failed mission in Beruit in which 6 of his 8 team members were killed in an ambush. Five of these operators were married and three had children, and again he saw the emotional trauma inflicted on wives and children.

Subject was 10 years old when he heard of the Son Tay raid in Vietnam to rescue American POWs. He became obsessed with the idea that his father might have been one of the prisoners in Son Tay who was moved prior to the raid. At age 15 he met an actual Son Tay raider and became fascinated with the type of man he was which was not at all like the expected stereotypical hard-core killer commando. This former Green Beret was quiet, honest, dependable, and with high ideals. Subjects hero worship shaped his life and he began to pursue a military career in special operations. Perhaps this career path is a subconscious attempt to 'rescue' his missing father.

Subject has been extremely successful in his special operations career. His OERs have always been 'among the best.' He inspires a great deal of loyalty from his men. Invariably, interviews with his former subordinates from the 82nd Airborne Division to Delta force have produced the same comment: "I'd follow him anywhere." His reputation is flawless among special operators he has worked with. The infantry ideal of lead from the front has become part of his code of ethics. On every live fire room clearing exercise or operation he has ever participated in he has been the first man in the door. His concern for his subordinates is also demonstrated in another one of his ethic codes: 'everyone comes home.' This has led to conflict with Theater and Task force Commanders and eventually led to his resigning his commission with the United States Army.

Modified 201 File Format.
(This document has not been reviewed by subject and may be incomplete.)

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