3d Marine Division


3d Marine Division

The Fightin' Third

Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew W. Tracy

LtCol Matthew W. Tracy was born on 16 October 1974, and raised in West Hartford Ct.  In 1997, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After graduating The Basic School and attending Infantry Officers Course, he was assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from April 1997 to June 2001.  He completed one LF6F Mediterranean deployment with the 26th MEU in 1999, where he served as a rifle platoon commander in Fier, Albania, in Gujilane, Kosovo, and for the humanitarian relief effort in Ismir, Turkey.  Then 1st Lieutenant Tracy served as the company executive officer for Kilo Company participating in the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan.


From June 2001 until July of 2004, Captain Tracy executed orders to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in Indian Head, Maryland to become the Reaction Force Company Commander.  There he served as the Assistant Incident Commander and Incident Commander for the 2001 Anthrax attack and 2004 Ricin attack on the US Capitol.  For his leadership, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Association II MEF Leadership Award.


In June of 2005, he reported to 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines where he would deploy as the plans officer to Afghanistan’s Konar Province and as a company commander to Haditha, Iraq.   For his leadership, the Marine Corps Association selected Captain Tracy as the 2006-2007 recipient of the Leftwich Trophy.


In June of 2008, Maj. Matthew Tracy assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago.  RS Chicago would win the Western Recruiting Regions “Most Improved” Award in 2011. 


Major Tracy graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in 2012, winning the Marine Academic Award and finishing tied for second overall.  Concurrently, Major Tracy attended the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) thereby earning an additional military occupational specialty. 


LtCol Tracy was formerly a member of the staff of Marine Forces Pacific, where he served as the Northeast Asia Plans Officer in the G-5 War Plans Division.


LtCol Tracy’s awards and medals include a Bronze Star with “V” device, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons.


LtCol Tracy has recently married the former Ms. Mary Cahill Anders of Evansville, Indiana.  They have 3 children: Lillian (11), Mary (8), and Augustus (4).