Major Matthew D. Willey

Matthew D. Willey

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant Sep. 9, 2009
First Lieutenant Sep. 9, 2011
Captain Sep. 9, 2013
Major July. 1, 2019

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Operations and Recruiting Officer

Major Matthew D. Willey

Major Matthew D. Willey is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies (APAS) and Operations Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 250, Iowa State University. He is responsible for recruiting and the comprehensive military education of cadets, cultivating them to high quality officers for the United States Air and Space Force.

Maj Willey enlisted in the United States Air Force in November 2003 and entered the TACP pipeline. In September 2009, Maj Willey commissioned and cross-trained into the TACP-O career field. As a TACP-O, he has been Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, and Director of Operations. Maj Willey has deployed multiple times in support of OPERATION RESOLUTE SUPPORT, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.


2003 Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Iowa
2014 Master of Arts, Management, American Military University
2014 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Awards and Decorations

  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air and Space Commendation Medal with valor and two oak leaf clusters Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air and Space Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Combat Action Medal
  • Combat Readiness Medal with five oak leaf clusters
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three service stars
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Service Medal
  • NATO Medal with one service star


  • October 2009–August 2012, Chief of Training, 13 ASOS, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • August 2012–August 2015, Flight Commander, USAFE AGOS, Einsiedlerhof, Germany
  • August 2015–July 2018, Assistant Director of Operations, 3 ASOS, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Ark.
  • July 2018–April 2019, Assistant Director of Operations, 350th Special Warfare Training Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  • April 2019–May 2020, Director of Operations, Special Warfare Training Support Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  • June 2020–July 2021, Director of Operations, 350th Special Warfare Training Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  • July 2021 – July 2022, Director of Current Operations, Special Warfare Training Wing, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  • July 2022 – Present, Operations Officer, ROTC Detachment 250, Ames, Iowa