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Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane

Commander, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve

Major General Matthew W. McFarlane is the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve. A native of Burke, Virginia, he began his military career as an infantry officer in 1992 upon graduating from James Madison University with honors.


His DoD career includes commanding at every military echelon- ranging from the leadership of 135 to 65,000 Service Members in both conventional and special operations units. Major General McFarlane has served at a variety of national and international duty stations from the continental United States to Italy, Alaska, and Hawaii. His operational and combat experience includes leading Soldiers in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.


As a General Officer, Major General McFarlane served as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) in the 82d Airborne Division, the Senior Military Assistant for the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, CO, and the Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army (USARPAC.)


Major General McFarlane holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from James Madison University and Master’s Degrees in Policy Management from Georgetown University, Management from Webster University, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College. He has also completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellows program, Seminar 21.


Major General McFarlane is a recipient of numerous military awards and decorations for actions in both combat and garrison environments to include- but are not limited to: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three bronze star medals, and the Combat Infantryman Badge with star. His accomplishments and training accolades also include: the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.


He is also a Distinguished Member of three elite Infantry Units, to include: 75th Ranger Regiment, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and the 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne). Major General McFarlane is married and has two grown sons.