Lieutenant Colonel Matthew E. Poole, USMC

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew E. Poole, USMC

Chief, Electronic Warfare Requirements Division, Joint Electronic Warfare Center

Lieutenant Colonel Matt “Cess” Poole assumed the duties as the Deputy Chief, Electronic Warfare Requirements (EWR) Division, Joint Electronic Warfare Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in August 2017. He leads the JEWC’s assessment and advocacy efforts for current and future electronic warfare (EW) and electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO) requirements, technology, and capabilities. EWR is currently at the forefront of multiple ongoing EW and EMS superiority efforts, including Joint EMS Operations Cell (JEMSOC) development and Electromagnetic Battle-management (EMBM) system requirements.

Lieutenant Colonel Poole graduated from Belmont University and earned his commission in the United States Marine Corps in 1999. He completed the Naval Flight Officer training syllabus in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings in September 2001. Lieutenant Colonel Poole was assigned to the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Training Squadron (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington and upon graduation was assigned to Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14), Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 (VMAQ-1), Cherry Point, North Carolina for duty as an EA-6B Electronic Counter-Measures Officer. Checking in January of 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Poole immediately deployed with the Banshees in support of Operation Southern Watch, which became Operation Iraqi Freedom during the deployment.

In August 2007, after 5 years and 4 deployments, Lieutenant Colonel Poole was assigned to Marine Aviation Tactics and Weapons Squadron One (MAWTS-1) for duty as an instructor in the EA-6B Division. During this tour, he instructed over 1,125 officer and enlisted students during the conduct of 6 total Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) courses, including 21 EA-6B WTIs. He also was the EW Specialist in the Aviation Development Tactics and Evaluation (ADT&E) Department, working special projects of interest for Marine Corps EW, such as the Intrepid Tiger II (IT-II) EW pod.

In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Poole was assigned to the USSTRATCOM JEWC for the first time, serving as the Chief of Operational Assessments Branch. During this tenure, he completed Marine Corps University Command and Staff College via the Distance Education Program. In 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Poole was reassigned to MAWTS-1, where he served as a plankowner of the Spectrum Warfare Department (SWD), responsible for educating weapons school graduates on the planning and integration of EW, cyberspace operations, space operations, information operations (IO), and Integrated Joint Special Technical Operations (IJSTO). Leaving MAWTS-1 in 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Poole was assigned to Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, where he served as the Air Officer, Fires and Effects Coordinator, and Personnel Recovery Coordination Cell Director. During his time in Bahrain, he coordinated air operations through the Central Command Area of Operations, notably in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and counter-terrorism operations in Yemen. In 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Poole returned to San Antonio and the JEWC, assuming his current position.

His operational experience includes participation in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 2003 and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2003, 2005, 2007). His flight experience includes over 2,000 flight hours and 300+ combat missions.

His personal military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (gold star), Joint Service Commendation Medal, fourteen Strike/Flight awards of the Air Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal.

Lieutenant Colonel Poole is married to the former Christa Wright of Louisville, Kentucky, and is the proud father of Dosson (age 7) and Declan (5 months).

Speaking: October 30 - Readiness in the EMS